The King of Swords offers us an authoritative questioning of old assumptions and beliefs. He is then, in the context of the Tower and the Fool, the intellectual agency of change. He brings practical wisdom, phronesis, in contradistinction to the Fool’s aphrosyne – the Greek root of the words for prudence and folly come from word phren, which means “diaphram,” clearly linking the act of reasoning with that of the breath, or the element of air.
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- Illustrations from the Oswald Wirth Tarot deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1976 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Oswald Wirth Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
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