The King of Swords represents power, education, good judgment, authority and…did I mention power? When this card appears, it indicates the power of a very intelligent and sharp individual. The King uses good common sense to provide concrete advice or counsel. Many people come to the King for help.
He’s also pretty detached from his emotions, and most likely fears intimate relationships with others. The King does not like to be told what to do, either. He’s an aggressive sort and an independent thinker. The imagery says it all! Look at that proud King sitting on his thrown with a huge sword in his hand. Nothing — and no one — will get in his way.
The King of Swords in reverse means an unhappy King is present. He’s just as aloof and distant as the upright King although now he’s only concerned with himself.
He could be tired has received some bad news. He verbally expresses dissatisfaction with the way things are.
He tends to be harsh and opinionated. He refuses to look at both sides of the issue which leads to a delayed solution. If this card arrives in your spread, it should be a wake up call to become centered and upright again!