Another Court card; goodness gracious. The court cards are some of the hardest cards to learn and interpret in the tarot, and they are some of the cards that I need the most work with. For me, the Father of Swords immediately invokes my actual father. I tend to associate people with the suits based on the element associated with the suit and the element associated with their Zodiac sign, and my father it a Libra–a little air baby like me (he’s totally not spiritual in any way and would probably gawk at being called a little air baby). Much like the Mother of Swords, I view the Father of Swords as yet another stern figure. He is someone who has faced many challenges in life and is colder for his trouble.
In Krans’ art, the Father of Swords is a Great Horned Owl, which naturally have feather tufts above their eyes, making them look like they have permanently angry eyebrows. The Father of Sword’s coolness makes him more objective and distant from the issues he faces. He can analyze situations with clarity, truth, and fairness. He is a just character. According to Krans’ The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook, he also describes the Father of Swords as a man who is incredibly dedicated to his family while being responsible for them.
Image Credit to Kim Krans for the Wild Unknown Tarot