“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.” Mahatma Gandhi
Should you need a problem solved or fair decision made with resounding swiftness, King of Swords is your man for the job. He may arrive as an authority figure, professional, specialist or someone with an official title. Whoever he may be, he is a strong and commanding presence whose role is to protect and defend. He may assist you to gain the upper hand in a situation or defend yourself against an opponent or difficulty. On the other hand, perhaps it is you who are endowed with balanced judgment and an analytical mind that helps to discover a truth or resolve a dilemma. Your strength of character propels you to seek justice and restore law and order. You are determined to handle some aspect of your life with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
People are easily corrupted by power and this king is no exception to delusions of grandeur. Events driven by prejudice and suspicion can lead to ruthlessness, revenge, or intimidation. You may be the victim of an unfair decision or facing the consequences of poor judgment. The “letter of the law” may be implemented to the detriment, rather than the more moderate consideration for the “spirit of the law.” Harsh exchanges tinged with sarcasm, arguments, or accusations can end with severed ties. Situations call for you to strike a balance between head and heart.
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