The Knight of Swords is young* man who has not reached maturity** yet. His vocation in life could be related to the element of air (pilot, air steward, meteorologist, etc), intellectual challenges (teacher, academic, scientist, lawyer, etc), surgical professions (dentist, doctor, nurse etc) or defence (soldier, policeman etc). The Swords offer a great range of possibilities of vocation in their symbolism. The symbolic relationship to this card may not be vocational, it could be a description of his personality. In which case this youth could be aggressive, argumentative, arrogant, authoritative, assertive, career minded or ambitious. His positive traits can be that he is brave and courageous or highly intelligent. He could even be someone who has spent time in prison or lives outside of the law.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot The Knight is travelling on horse from east to west, the horse is charging at speed and the knight has his sword drawn in attack. It is important to note these details when divining who the symbology is talking about. This could, for example, mean a young man who is, or will be, aggressive or someone who comes from the East across wind swept and inhospitable lands.
Finally, the symbology is never fixed in its interpretation as this card may not represent a person but a situation. For example it could be a warning about driving too fast or the need for immediate action and swift travel.
*the age of this man could be relative to the person the reading is for. He maybe a mature man but a younger man.
**maturity happens between ages 28 to 37, when a man enter's his 2nd numerological life cycle.
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