I've tried to make the knight as androgenous as possible, so that the gender is a bit confusing, it can be a young man, like it can be a young Joan of Arc. The knight has butterfly wings and sits on a flying dragonfly. The knight wears a light armour and garnet red cloths. In his/her right hands, he/she holds a blue sword. I was inspired by the Knight of Swords in the Gothic Tarot by Vargo: he wears red, which makes him look noble, and his face is grave. I wanted to put these in this knight, he/she is grave, yet not sad. We can see that the knight is high above in the air, and houses can be seen below.
As mentioned before, the red cloth is there to show the knight's nobility.
The blue sword and wings are there to accentuate the air/intellect aspect
in this card. The knight is high in the air, distancing himself/herself
from the world (people, situations, etc.), which shows many intellect
qualities, like the power of analysis, ethics, organisation, communication,
thoughts. This capacity of distancing himself/herself though can also bring
an intellect that is completely detached from the real world, it can give a
cold person who only lives with statistics and numbers, or a person lost
The knight seems driven, but the air is usually motion, change, so he has to
be careful about the cloud in the sky, that might bring some strong winds
against him/her. The Knight of Swords is air in air (Swords=air and
Knight=air), hence the wings the knight bears and the dragonfly he/she
rides. The volatile nature of the air is represented by the butterfly
wings, while the powerful and fast dragonfly represents the position of the
He/she holds the sword in his/her right hand, the hand of action.
The card can represent the querent or another person, it can also represent
qualities the querent should have, or shouldn't have. Usually, the Knight
is young, but not always (inner youth). The Knight hasn't reached yet his
parents' maturity (Queen of Swords and King of Swords). He's passionate
about his ideals, and can throws himself in many projects, but because of
his immaturity, it will be difficult for him to finish what he starts. He's
very talkative and can start, or finish, many arguments. He's too honest
for his own good. He also believes he's always right, which can make him
arrogant and annoying. Being an intellectual person, this Knight is also a
cold person, but it gives him objectivity and a clear view of what is going
on. Many times, people will need his logic, his semse of analysis, and his
lucidity to resolve problems.
This card can also mean arguments, exchange of ideas. Be careful that the
situation doesn't turn into a war.
I drew the card first with a pencil on a large white pager. I then used
markers to color the lines I drew with the pencil. I looked everywhere for
my colored pencils to fill in the lines, but I couldn't find them anywhere.
I was lucky enough to discover I still had my Crayola pens, so I used them
to color the drawing.
The artist was born in Canada. She spent her childhood reading too many
books, daydreaming too much, argumenting too often, and beating up others a
few times. (A typical Knight of Swords.) Being a francophone, she
studied French Literature in College, in hope to be a writer. As a typical
Knight of Swords, she has started many novels and has never finished any of
them, except for the short stories and the poems. As time passes by, she
tries and hopes to acquire the King of Swords' wisdom, diplomacy,
high-achiever, and constancy qualities. In the meantime, she enjoys reading
books, toying with her computer and stuff related to computers, studying and
reading tarot, playing videogames, and driving her cat wild and making him
purr by patting his belly.
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