The Card: The King of Swords is not a playful card in the least. Although this king is known for being fair and a humanitarian, he’s not your buddy. The King of Swords concerns himself with reason and logic, as well as issues related to societal laws, truth, justice, and the quest for knowledge. He often represents a friend who gives objective and accurate advice; the truth coming forward; and/or medical, legal, or existential issues. There is no blurring the truth or candy-coating the hard issues with the King of Swords, nor does this card imply these issues will be blown out of proportion. They simply exist and are being brought to the surface so a clear, fair decision can be made. When signifying a person, the King of Swords often signifies an air sign male or someone who is so matter-of-fact and objective that others often confuse this with them being an asshole. There’s no true malice to this character and he’s not out to make anyone the villain. It’s not wise to pick a fight with this person, however, because you will be called on every nugget of feces in your mental, emotional, and social colon. In a relationship spread, the King of Swords is often more friend than lover. He’ll be there for you, but perhaps cuddling is expecting too much. It also means the time is nigh to tackle a relationship elephant in the room before one or both of you explodes (or gets ghosty). In a financial or work spread, the King of Swords represents the uncomfortable issues being brought to light so a solution can be reached. This would be the week to put on your big kid pants and try not to judge yourself or others. The more you approach the situation honestly, the better your long-term prospects will be.
Warnings: You know that Depeche Mode song “Personal Jesus?” Yeah… The King of Swords ain’t no forgiver. DO NOT TRY TO MANIPULATE, MANEUVER, OR TALK YOUR WAY OUT OF ANYTHING THIS WEEK. IF YOU DID THE DEED, YOU WILL GET CAUGHT. The King of Swords does not give a sparkly unicorn turd about your sob stories, excuses, justifications, or fairy tales about being the victim. Don’t get defensive. Whomever or whatever is represented by the King of Swords energy is here to help you in the long run, so it greatly interests you to be painfully honest with yourself and others now. There is a huge legal undercurrent to this card, so be mindful of all the ways you try to skirt the system because there’s a better than average chance they won’t work. Normally drive 15 miles over the speed limit? Not this week, Home Slice. Round up a tad more than you should on expense reports? You may want to rethink that. Not going to tell your husband the real amount you pay for lottery tickets or girls’ nights out? Nice try. This goes for your health too. Anywhere you’re cutting corners in taking care of yourself could result in a doctor visit.
- After reading the card description, what is the first situation that comes to mind (i.e. you’ve felt a conflict coming with your daughter-in-law for a long time, you have an annual review coming up, you and your spouse are going to the financial advisor, you can’t take much more of a draining friend’s behavior, et al)?
- How are you likely to encounter the situation this week (e.g. it’s your friend’s birthday, you have to ask your son and daughter-in-law for a favor, your boss wants to meet with you, your spouse made the appointment with the advisor, etc.)?
- Who are the other people or agencies involved in this situation (i.e. your in-laws, your employer, a long-time friend, your spouse, the bank, the IRS, et al)?
- What do they want from you (e.g. for you to pay your taxes, to talk to you about their failed relationship for 2 hours a day, to start saving for retirement, for you to do business with them, for you to pay your fines, etc.)? How have they told you this? How did you react?
- What do you want from them (i.e. an extension, to spend however much you want of your “mad money,” for them to respect your space, a favor, et al)? How have you told them this? How did they react?
- How are your answers to Questions 4 and 5 similar? How are they different?
- What parts of this situation only have to do with you (e.g. whether or not you go to the appointment, when or if you pay your fines, how much “mad money” you save to spend, whether or not you take your friend’s calls or texts, etc.)?
- What parts of this situation require help from the other person or agency (i.e. your spouse not agreeing with the amount of “mad money” you’ve designated for yourself, the financial advisor being able to see you, whether or not the IRS grants you an extension, whether your friend takes the hint, how your daughter-in-law reacts to your request, et al)?
- What are three feelings you have when you think of this situation (e.g. sad, anxious, apathetic, bored, restless, angry, happy, confident, hopeless, etc.)?
- What are three thoughts you have when you think of this situation (i.e. “she hates me;” “why does this always happen to me?”; “can I get a do over?”; “maybe it won’t be that bad;” et al)?
- Do you think your answers to the questions thus far have been positive or negative? Why?
- Based on your answers to these questions, what is one thing you can do this week to help yourself in this situation (e.g. suck it up and apologize, pay your fine, communicate with your creditors, answer the advisor’s questions honestly, compromise with your spouse, etc.)? Are you willing to do these things? Why or why not?
- What is a prayer, mantra, affirmation, or activity you can use to help you get through the situation (i.e. prayer to Archangel Uriel, Durga healing mantra, “I am strong and capable,” your favorite music during a workout, et al)?
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