At the very top of a windy hill sits the throne of the King of Swords – the master of mental power. He sits on a throne of stone, image of butterflies carved into it's face. The king himself wears blue robes with red sleeves, a purple robe of royalty draped over top. In his right hand he holds a large sword with ease, and his left hand simply lays at rest on his lap. Over the king's left shoulder fly two birds. The king makes no motion – he only sits still, waiting to deal with what may come.
To start with, we'll want to disambiguate court cards. They are often the most difficult to read, due to their general nature. It is easier to remember that a court card often signifies a person or entity: the sex of the person may not match that of the court card, but the attitude and persona will seem familiar. If it's clear, however, that the court card doesn't refer to a person, remember to break it down further. First, define what the suite stands for – e.x. Cups generally refers to emotion. Then take the role of that court card and apply it to the suite – e.x. A Page of Cups would be a young juvenile in the world of emotion, just as the Page of Swords is the inexperienced lad of thought. This can help you to decide what the court card is trying to tell you.
Person: The king sits still upon his throne because his realm is that of the mind – his knowledge and mental acuity mean that his outward movement and action means little to him (unless it is born of thought, of course). When it comes to the king, there is no such thing as confusion or misjudgment – he knows what there to know. He rules his kingdom with a fair and just hand, always analyzing each judgment critically before making his final statement. When this king has made up his mind, there is no changing it. Just because he lives his life putting his mind first not not mean he cannot speak it: he is actually quite skilled in communicating his ideas, due to the amount of forethought he puts into it.
Metaphor: The King of Swords card may be asking you to act as the king himself would. Think things through entirely, applying logic in all situations. Put what you think before your impulses – your mind will serve you well. Always deal out your judgments in an objective manner, without being partial to any side. Lastly, make sure to speak your mind in a clear manner so that all may understand exactly what it is you mean to say.
Here are some things to ask yourself when you see the King of Swords in your readings. Does the King represent a person? If so, who? What message or lesson do they hold for you? What traits of the King's do you already possess? Which would you be better off pursuing? Do you deal your judgments out in an impartial, fair way? How do you approach your own thoughts – do you try to think things through before acting, or avoid thinking too much? Why?
The King of Swords has a good deal in common with the Emperor card – both rule over their kingdoms in an impartial way, so as to not pass cruel or incorrect judgments. The Two of Wands also has a lot in common with the King of Swords, namely the power that they wield – the only difference is that the King wields a power of the mind specifically, while the Two refers to a power dealing with physical action.