Today’s card is The Knight of Swords, also known as Daggers or Blades. This card portrays the restless mind, aroused by thoughts of offense and defense, storming around searching for a target to pounce on. He often feels slighted, has a chip on his shoulder and bristles with a hostile attitude. His usual method is to look for someone to blame for his irritation. Furthermore, in an attitude of righteousness, he may even feel a need to correct the ‘offender’. Jumping easily to conclusions, he shoots first, asks questions later, and is often guilty of overkill. This is not to say that he does not have his heroic side. However, even when he is doing the right thing, he is likely to be doing it for the wrong reasons. This card advises you to deeply question the true motives behind what you are doing. Forethought will assist you in discriminating between righteous and unjust causes. Control any impulses of snap judgement!
The Knight cards can represent a man or a woman. There is some evidence that the tradition of knighthood included a certain number of “anonymous knights” who took mythic names and veiled their true identities. Living on the road with few or no servants, they served as freelance defenders of travelers, champions of the little people against the exploitation of both highway robbers and the wealthy classes. Odds are that some of these knights-errant were camouflaged women, and that idea is preserved with the traditional representation of the Sword Knight. Either way, if you encounter this person today, take everything they say with a grain of salt. They may have come into your life to act as devil’s advocate, allowing you to see your situation through someone else’s critical eye.
Refine your communication and negotiation skills so you are at peak effectiveness. The Knight of Swords advises you to remain open to conflicting ideas instead of surrounding yourself exclusively with people who agree with you. This Knight is most effective when testing his ideas in a debate. Emulate his ability to communicate successfully by keeping your conversations impersonal and humorous so no hurt feelings are provoked. Practice your negotiation skills so you will be in shape for imminent diplomatic challenges as they arise.
Today, may you choose your battles wisely, thus avoiding the negative energy space of being ‘right’ at the expense of others!