The King of Swords represents the personality-type of those people born between April 20 and May 20, Taurus, the Bull.  The enduring one, and like the bull, he is down to earth, practical, slow moving, persistent, determined, and hard working.  Taurus personalities are warm-hearted, strong, solid human beings who are very stable and secure in their ways.  They enjoy beauty and the arts and are patient and reliable.  They love passionately, express themselves emotionally, and are prone to ferocious temper tantrums.  The key phrase for this personality-type is I HAVE, therefore, they are apt to be collectors of stamps, stuffed animals, antiques, you-name-it.  Also, Taurus natives are definitely motivated by money, not time or prestige. Show them the money! 

Their best qualities are stability and accountability.  Their worst qualities are that they can be stubborn, obstinate, and unyielding.  King-of-the-Mountain types, they definitely do not want to give up ground once they’ve acquired it.

If the King of Swords should appear in a spread, it is read as a man of this personality-type, not necessarily a Taurus.  If the King of Swords is reversed in a spread, the card represents a woman with the same personality-type.

Next week, we will begin to explore the Queens of Egyptian Tarot. For more information about Egyptian Tarot, other Hermetic studies and online classes, visit



About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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