King of Swords is the last card of the Suit of Swords and patriarch of its Court. As such, he represents the authority on intellectual level and the truth.
The King of Swords illustrated as sitting on his throne, holding a sword upright with his right hand and his left hand resting on his lap. He wears a blue tunic and a purple cape. The Throne is decorated with butterflies, crescent moons, and an angel. In the background an almost clear sky and motionless trees are discernible.
The Sword that the King holds with his right hand symbolizes his ability to perceive a situation as a whole. His blue tunic represents the knowledge and wisdom, while his authority, power, and ambition are symbolized by his purple cape. The decorations on the throne, together account for the balance between conscious (mind), subconscious (emotions) and super-conscious (spirit or inspiration). The background represents a clarity of mind rather than a turbulent flow of ideas.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.-Calvin Coolidge
The King of Swords represents expertise and intellectual authority, calling to make fair decisions based on experience and observations. A person represented by the card would be objective, intelligent and expert in his field; always forming opinions on facts and therefore a leading and trusted authority. In the relationship context, this card represents someone who has difficulties with expressing his emotions despite his intelligence and knowledge. Furthermore, this card indicates weighing emotional matters with the mind. Accordingly, in an established relationship; this card implies a time of making a major decision is impending and advises to make that decision with intellect. Career-wise, this card indicates a professional role where experience and knowledge are essential.
All in All, King of Swords represent the stern intellectual authority crowned with the touch of intuition and compassion.