I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Creator’s keywords: determined, forceful
Carrie’s keywords: critical, opinionated
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Son of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
A young owl is in mid-flight, his wings stretched out with resolution. As a court card, the Son of Wands may draw attention to an aspect of your personality in a given situation. The courts can be complicated, so if they are throwing you off check out this tutorial I put together on how to read court cards.
The Son of Swords gazes straight ahead. He’s got a narrow focus, and nothing is going to take him off the course he has chosen. The background is filled with slanted lines, meeting in the center. This adds to the overall air of determination.
The owl holds a sword in his talons, ready to pierce his chosen target. He is full of opinions, but he may have a hard time differentiating opinions and facts. He can be a fierce debater, and a brutal critic. Some of his criticisms can be helpful, but he doesn’t always know where to draw the line between helping and hurting. He holds his convictions firmly and can have a difficult time accepting information that doesn’t align with the information he clings to.
On one end of the spectrum, the Son of Swords has the bound and determined, single-minded focus it often takes to accomplish difficult tasks. He knows how to lock onto a target and pour all of his efforts and abilities into his objectives. He’s smart as a whip and isn’t afraid to stand up for himself.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Son of Swords can be prone to wearing blinders. He can be stubborn and unwilling to see any other option aside from the one he’s already decided upon. He can be condescending in his interactions with others and patience isn’t always his strong suit.
Knight of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in General
Most decks use the title Knight of Swords for this card. As a court ranking, the Knights tend to gravitate between extremes in their interaction with their suit. The Knight of Swords can be a constructive critic, or he can tear you apart. He can share his opinions with conviction, or he can berate anyone who contradicts him. He can bring forward valuable knowledge, or he can be smug and snarky.
Knights are the metaphoric teenager of the tarot, and like the stereotypical image of a teenager the Knight of Swords may be convinced he knows it all. To understand the Knight of Swords, it’s helpful to contrast his approach with that of the Page of Swords. The Page of Swords is also direct, but is not attached to the idea of being right. The Page probably wouldn’t be bothered if you agree with their stance or not. Whereas the Knight thrives on being right and clings firmly to what he believes to be true.
In a reading
The Son of Swords can ask you to closely evaluate your approach in a given situation. Do you need to be more direct, honest and focused? Or on the other hand, have you lost sight of the bigger picture? Step back and examine your approach from an unbiased perspective, and then use your wisdom to determine your next step.