Knight of Swords definitions

The Prince of Swords is a devious young man. Idealistic, full of political ideas.

Rider-Waite: Knight of Swords

Rider-Waite: Knight of SwordsHe is riding in full course, as if scattering his enemies. In the design he is really a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry. He might almost be Galahad, whose sword is swift and sure because he is clean of heart.

Skill, bravery, capacity, defence, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin. There is therefore a sense in which the card signifies death, but it carries this meaning only in its proximity to other cards of fatality.

Additional Meanings: A soldier, man of arms, satellite, stipendiary; heroic action predicted for soldier.

Reversed Knight of Swords

Imprudence, incapacity, extravagance.

Additional Meanings: Dispute with an imbecile person; for a woman, struggle with a rival, who will be conquered.

Book of Thoth - Prince of Swords

Book of Thoth: Prince of SwordsA person thus symbolized is purely intellectual. He is full of ideas and designs which tumble over each other. He is a mass of fine ideals unrelated to practical effort. He has all the apparatus of Thought in the highest degree, intensely clever, admirably rational, but unstable of purpose, and in reality indifferent even to his own ideas, as knowing that any one of them is just as good as any other. He reduces everything to unreality by removing its substance and transmuting it to an ideal world of ratiocination which is purely formal and out of relation to any facts, even those upon which it is based.

A military man.

Golden Dawn - Prince of Swords

Prince of the Chariots of the Winds

Full of ideas and thoughts and designs, distrustful, suspicious, firm in friendship and enmity, careful, slow, over-cautious. Symbolises Alpha and Omega, the Giver of Death who slays as fast as he creates.

Ill-dignified Knight of Swords

Harsh, malicious, plotting, obstinate, yet hesitating and unreliable.

Mathers: Knight of Swords

A Soldier, a man whose profession is arms, Skillfulness, Capacity, Address, Promptitude.

Reversed Knight of Swords

A conceited fool, Ingenuousness, Simplicity.

Etteilla: Knight of Swords

Soldier, Man With a Sword, Man-At-Arms, Fencing Master, Swordsman. Soldier From an Entire Corp or Army, Combatant, Enemy. Dispute, War, Combat, Battle, Duel. Attack, Defense, Opposition, Resistance, Destruction, Ruin, Reversal. Enmity, Hate, Wrath, Resentment. Courage, Valor, Bravery. Satellite, Mercenary.

Reversed Knight of Swords

Incompetence, Ineptitude, Foolishness, Folly, Stupidity, Imprudence, Impertinence, Extravagance, Ridicule, Silliness. Fraud, Swindling, Mischief, Cunning.

Thierens: Knight of Swords

TRADITION
A military man, officer, master of the sword, master of fencing, warrior. Dispute, war, duel, combat, attack as well as defence; opposition, destruction, ruin, hatred, etc. Also skill, bravery, capacity. Reversed: Incapacity, imprudence, extravagance, foolishness, impertinence, stupidity, industry, crooked tricks.
THEORY
Finally this element on the Fourth and on the Twelfth houses. On account of the former we find of course the armed man under the rule of the Emperor, the military man, soldier, etc., but rather the professional, formerly the hired, troops than the militia, which will rather fall under the same house as the police, and be indicated by the page of swords. Another significance of this card is that of painful memories, suffering by ancient wrongs. In fact war is in all cases, be it private or collective, the phenomenon of the outbreak of some ancient wrong or evil — the wrong of oppression on one side or the evil of desire, rapacity, overflowing force, etc., on the other. So the Knight of swords must bear the significance of the bearer of weapons, which avenge wrongs or serve attacks. The fourth house calls the home and the family, the father in particular, and the card may well denote something in the nature of avenging family feuds or the honour of the father or the family. Badly aspected it may mean opposition against the power of the father or the Emperor, revolution, which is quite in the line of the grumbling and malcontent nature of the Cancerian of the lower type. It is, however, to be expected that such opposition will be very much hidden, dark, in the background, not open nor very loyal. On account of its relation with the twelfth house this card may also mean a surgeon and operations performed by him, and, in lower types or weaker cases, fraud and destruction of organisms, whatever these may be. It may further relate here to all sorts of bad passions and to degrees of hatred, incapacity, etc.
CONCLUSION
Military man, man of arms, one avenging family or other feuds or wrongs; wrongs avenging themselves; painful memories, distress in the family, afflictions deriving from past events. A surgeon, operation done by same; the knife in old sore. In badly aspected cases hatred, destruction, extravagance, spilling, revolt, insurrection, war, combat, fraud, impertinence, imprudence, etc.