Excitement, ambition, and upheaval.
The Knight of Swords stands for an atmosphere of frost, stridency, deceitfulness, discord, and disputes, which can cloud an area of life that has been experienced as pleasant until now. Although the cooling down that he represents can also bring an environment of clarity and sober perception with it, we usually experience this card as the negative side of the air element that it represents. This means cool aloofness, harsh conflicts, shrewdness, biting ridicule, and bitter irony. The Knight is therefore frequently the herald of separations, discord, razor-sharp arguments, and deliberate cruelties.