Knights are about action. And what kind of action depends upon their suit. Knights are also court cards that can represent a person in the life of the seeker, if not the seeker himself. The Knight of Swords represents a young man or a man who acts young or, even though mentally strong, a bit naive because of lack of experience, and holds the energy of air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). He can also be an even younger man with mental know and abilities beyond his years.
Straight up the Knight of Swords doesn’t have “defeat” in his vocabulary. This card represents action rather than sitting around a round table (sewing circle) and talking the situation to death. It comes from a mental view (as swords are about cerebral energy). This Knight can indicate a surgical procedure when the surroundings cards are right, courage, bravery, and conflict whether inner or environmental. It also represents a man who demands respect through his energy. A young leader. This card, as a personality in the seekers life, can encourage or inspire the seeker to act on his or her own beliefs and have the courage to stand up for what they believe.
While right-side-up this man may demand respect with his energy, up-side-down he craves it and demands it verbally, though he may not be looked upon with the respect that is needed for his wishes. He doesn’t follow through with his word, changes his mind, can be or be seen as fickle. He can also give off the impression of being someone who stirs up trouble. He’s pushy and doesn’t look out for others best interests. And, unlike the Five of Swords, it’s obvious. The seeker usually knows who this card represents in their life when his characteristics are explained. He is a thorn in their side somehow that is depicted by surrounding cards. His judgment is off because he’s letting the emotions of drama get in the way of objective decision. A pushy know-it-all that would be best avoided.
Each suit has astrological attributes depending on their element.
If you know anything about astrology, even if you’re not an astrologer (I’m not), it’s helpful when interpreting the feelings of the pip cards and court card personalities.
Cups = Water Signs
Swords = Air Signs
Wands= Fire Signs
Pentacles = Earth Signs
Cups = Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Swords = Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Wands = Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Pentacles = Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
The Five of Swords is all about sneak thievery and sabotage. Whether it’s an item that is stolen, trust that is broken, or nasty backbiting—malicious talk behind the seeker’s back, it’s a card that signals mistrust, and rightly so. Often, however, it may be someone that the seeker does not suspect. The slanderous bi-otch may show up in the spread as a court card. It can also signify a situation that is not of high standing or of divine purpose that may be introduced to the client by someone whom he or she trusts.
When the Five of Swords is reversed, the seeker’s name is cleared in some way. They are deemed trustworthy. The cat has been let out of the bag and the betrayer has been spotlighted in some way. Blame and guilt is removed from the seeker. This card, depending on the surrounding cards, like Temperance for instance—a healing card, can mean that the seeker has forgiven past assholishness dished out by another party.
Aces are all Yes/No Cards.
Though any card in the deck can give insight as to whether a situation is Divinely purposed, the Aces reveal definite raw energy for the situation at hand.
Ace of Cups
Up: A Divine yes that is emotionally fulfilling and heart purposed.
Reversed: A no. The situation is not going to fulfill your heart’s desire.
Ace of Swords
Up: The strongest of Ace yeses. This cuts through to the higher self’s pragmatic knowing sidestepping the ego’s fears and fog.
Reversed: A strong no. Perhaps a Hell no. Don’t do it. Absolutely not. Don’t go there. Not gonna happen.
Ace of Wands
Up: A yes with creative passion behind it. A go for it with projects and situations. Usually revolving around work, hobbies, and new endeavors.
Reversed: A no—Somehow things just don’t click. The group doesn’t jive, the project isn’t sound or set up well, the foundation is not strong and flakey even.
Ace of Pentacles
Up: Woot! yes. Spiritually and Financially this is a yes. It’s a powerful yes that needs staying on top of. Keeping your mission at the forefront at all times. It works when you are aligned with intentions that stay focused.
Reversed: Intentions are not quite right for this. Money isn’t there. Mission isn’t true or sound somehow.