The traditional Rider-Waite deck shows a stealthy “spy” gathering secret intelligence from the enemy’s camp (swords represent knowledge and strength, as well as conflict). The same can be seen in the Morgan Greer rendition, shown here. But in this deck the knowledge represented by the gathered swords is shadow—not meaning “bad” or “dark,” but possibly hidden in the unconscious. You already know what you need to know, but you don’t yet realize it.
In reverse—you may be aware of the knowledge you need to move forward, but it may not yet be time to act (if ever). It can also indicate there’s possible manipulation or secret-keeping involved—don’t be gullible—ask questions before moving forward. Another aspect in this card is the infinity sign created by the man’s green belt—the color of life, but it’s knotted—ask yourself, is there ambition, greed, or jealousy in the air—yours or another’s?