The King of Swords, although sitting on his throne with a sword held pointy-end-up, does not appear threatening to me. On the contrary, he looks quite serene, welcoming even.
(my cotd post on this King of Swords) ~August 31, cotd – King of Swords from Old English Tarot.
The King beckons welcome to his domain, but the raised sword gives an unspoken, yet, implied and understood, warning. You are most welcome in his kingdom to stay for as long as you wish, as long as you abide by his rules. After all, he is the ruler in his own castle. (pun intended) The boundaries are clearly marked, and he will suffer no breach.
Each of us can learn a valuble lesson from this king and think of ourselves as a castle in our own kingdom. Without being a tyrant, we must set healthy boundaries and codes of behavior for ourselves that can extend to our homes. Decide what you will or will-not tolerate, and how far you are willing to go to bend the rules.
We can’t expect everyone to like or even obey our rules, (other than spouses, children and pets haha) but, they need to respect them. If they do not, they need to know they risk being banished from your kingdom.~
Continuing in this same line of thinking and adding the Six and Eight of Swords, I can see the crumbled remains of the castle tower in the eight, and a journey in the six. Just as a child will rebel against parental rules, school rules, and sometimes society’s rules, they mistakenly believe other pastures are far greener. Most often when they arrive they decide the reality is much different than they expected. There must be rules and standards of conduct no matter where or at what point we find ourselves in our lives. Sometimes this is a hard lesson to learn and accept. Without these guidelines though, society would likely crumble. The same can be said of our own personal domains.
The crumbled tower of the eight is of our own making. And, if we made it, we can unmake it. Prevent your castle from crumbling now, or any further. This King doesn’t necessarily rule with an iron fist, but he has certain expectations of what is acceptable in his castle. He protects his kingdom, and those who depend on him, from disruptive and destructive trespassers. If you find you have been putting up with unwanted or disruptive trespassers, it might be time to enforce your rules and boundaries again or even for the first time.
*images are from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen and U.S. Games Systems Inc.