The King of Swords sits on his throne, holding up a large, double-edged sword in his right hand. He represents a mature man with dark hair and dark eyes, somebody in a position of great authority and responsibility, such as a doctor or a lawyer, or perhaps a military commander. He is intelligent and wise, logical and calm, and symbolises command and rulership.
If you draw this card, it suggests that you will soon be in a situation in which you will need to make an important decision. The card symbolises that you need to keep your head under pressure, and do not allow emotions to cloud your judgement. You need to be calm and logical and have your wits about you, so that you can see and understand clearly what is happening and what is expected of you. You need to be impartial and make a fair decision, not letting your heart rule your head.
Often the King of Swords can represent a professional advisor, such as a lawyer or financial advisor. Drawing this card suggests that if you can not deal with the situation yourself, it may be a good idea to enlist the professional advice of an expert. This person may seem detached and disinterested, but this is actually a good thing; he is paid to give you objective, honest advice, and not being emotionally invested in the decision allows him to do this.
If you draw the King of Swords in reverse, it suggests that you are struggling to make a decision and that you are hindering your own success because of this. You are finding it hard to decide what is the best path to take; maybe you want one thing but know that another thing will be better in the long run. You are beginning to panic, and are at risk of choosing wrong because you are not thinking clearly.
The best thing to do in this situation is to stop and take stock of the situation. Consider everything sensibly and make sure you understand the consequences of each choice. Stay calm, be objective, and think carefully before you commit to anything.