Artist: Ellen Million
Confident, analytical, experienced, intelligent, figure of authority
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“This fatherly monarch is depicted on a throne, with an upraised sword, with symbols that represent his will and judgment. The butterflies are real here, to strengthen the air aspect of the card, and his throne is a sea rock adorned with subtle barnacles.
Behind him are crashing waves, chaotic and untamed. Before him, the sea is smooth and uniform, controlled by his will. The clouds are split by the two-edged blade of his sword, revealing serene sky. Flying fish in the foreground represent the ability to rise above emotional turmoil and make sound decisions, and the book and blue vestments remind us that he is an intellect. The owl pin shows us his wisdom, and the rubies in his sword, crown and pin are signs of self-confidence and strength.”
A “barbarian” king sits on a stone throne, a sword in one hand, a book in the other. Behind him, waves crash, but in front of him, they are calm – his rule is absolute, even over his emotions. Clouds in the sky separate and clear around his sword, the blue sky symbolizing his mental clarity and control, and he cannot be moved on a decision – his throne is one of ancient rock. Butterflies, symbols of air and transformation, rise from the ground next to him – his intellect has transformed him, fundamentally and spiritually.
The King of Swords represents the need for wisdom, for actions and judgments without emotion. He is distant, but pure, and blunt with it. The voice or friend that will not suffer fools and tells you not to be an idiot.
Astrological Association & Element
Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
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