Featured Card of the Day – Knight of Swords – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Determination, haste, action, impulse



Astrological Association

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius


This shows the Knight as a colonel riding the Beast of Gevaudan, from French folklore of the 18th century. Th is beast is a wolf-like creature and hundreds of people died under its sharp teeth. Here, the colonel has been able to control the creature and make it his mount. He is a fierce character who never gives up and nothing can stop him. Behind is the storming of the Bastille (symbol of the French revolution). The man leaves darkness behind and moves to a brighter future. I chose a French creature because French folklore is not very well known and being French myself, I wanted to work with that.


Instead of hunting and killing the Beast of Gévaudan, one French soldier has decided to dominate it, proving his will over that of the creature by riding it into battle. You’re full of energy and inspiration, you know how to get what you want, and you’re on your way to achieving it. You’re determined and confident, knowing that your motives are beyond reproach, your actions assured. But, in your logical, detached approach, do you seem a bit arrogant and hasty? Take a moment to think about the consequences. Th e Knight of Swords can predict a person in your life who is highly logical, but lacks compassion and understanding – they don’t mean to, but sometimes they come across as superior, even smug.


The Beast of Gévaudan was a legendary wolf-like creature who reportedly terrorised the Gévaudan region of France in the 1700’s. Hundreds of people were attacked, over a hundred died in a spate of killings that lasted three or so years. Whether this creature was simply a wolf, or something more fantastical has never been determined, but the single-minded dedication of those who tried to hunt it made an interesting concept for the Knight of Swords.

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