Today’s card is the King of Swords, also known as Daggers. Traditionally, this masculine energy form is The Adjudicator, the wise judge or mediator. He helps parties in conflict discover common ground and build upon it, and guides societies to see their greater good. His archetype is Solomon, ancient lawgiver and philosopher of the Old Testament. Sometimes appearing cool and detached, he can be misunderstood as not caring.
But emotional displays are just not his medium, nor is he moved by appeals to sympathy or pity. With the philosophical overview that comes from long experience, he listens deeply, watches closely and speaks last. In the end, his even-handedness and objectivity earn him the respect he receives from his community, and those who cannot work out their problems come to him voluntarily for advice.
Occasionally this card is subtly detailed to imply that he is actually a woman in male armor. If you notice this theme in your deck, it is a reference to Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, archetype of a devout and inspired woman warrior who was mystically led to abandon her social role to defend what she saw as the greater good. Although she was martyred young, her model crystallizes the message that sometimes the good of the many outweighs the good of the one, and in that case, even if you lose, you win just for being there.
Sword is the suit of the Mind and rules over logic, intellect, clarity of thought and focus. It also lends its energy to our intuitive abilities and third sight. When this card appears, listen to the inner wisdom offered by a wise elder in your life. It can also be a reference to the ‘wise one’ that dwells inside of you. The King of Swords advises you to research your situation and question existing authorities and ‘rules of thumb’ standards. It may be time to examine underlying assumptions and bring greater clarity into areas that have been left in the dark. Don’t wait for others to do it. Instead, draw your own conclusions. Spend time reviewing all the ramifications because this King of Swords requires a thorough, methodical examination of ideas and possibilities. Call forth the sober and wise part of yourself — the elder father figure. Then act on the instructions given you.
May you clearly see those things that serve the highest good at this time!