Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Friday, April 26

Knight of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

The Knight of Swords is a guy who is bright, sharp, analytical, and always one step ahead of his colleagues in terms of strategic thinking. He speaks with honesty and authority. He’s committed to supporting the big ideas of Truth, Justice, and Freedom. When his card is reversed, however, it indicates the darker side of those traits: he can be overly harsh, judgmental, and lacking in emotional intelligence. He can be domineering and brusque, a “bull in a china shop” type. While no one doubts his sincerity about his devotion to his ideals, he seems to think of them in terms of grand theory, and often fails to recognize how they play out in real life. There’s a coldness to his intellectualism. He’s missing the warm charisma, practicality, and emotional intelligence embodied by the Knights of Wands, Pentacles, and Cups. Does this sound like someone you know? This card comes up to suggest that you might have to deal with a person like this now. Either that, or you might be behaving like this yourself, and if so, should stop and consider. Are you getting too carried away with ideas over human needs and desires? Are you too quick to cut people off when they suggest other approaches? Are you listening to what your heart tells you?