Queen of Swords
A description and interpretation of the role of The Queen of Swords in the Tarot
In a nutshell...
As is the case for all the Tarot court cards, the Queen of Swords represents an archetype which may relate to the seeker or to someone close to them. Associated with the element of air, the Queen of Swords takes the form of a blonde, middle-aged woman, wearing a golden crown and sitting on a throne framed by two columns.
In her right hand she holds a large sword, and her independent and determined gaze is directed at it. This weapon, of course, is powerfully symbolic. It represents the alliance of the active and passive principles of human life, it is the symbol of action coming from speech, it is a clear sign of setting in motion. But, as everyone knows, the sword is double-edged. The Queen's action can be destructive as well as constructive. The position of the sword, which is not totally upright, means that her decisions can sometimes be just and sometimes unjust. In life, everything is a question of your reference point.
Tarot amateurs have an ambivalent relationship with the Queen of Swords, some appreciating its ability to communicate and its rationality, others dreading its divisive nature. As always, everything will depend on the other arcana present in the draw, each person's situation being different.
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from an emotional viewpoint
Of all the arcana of the Tarot, perhaps none is so little associated with the romantic sphere as the Queen of Swords. In fact, this card is usually associated with a cold and distant character, not compatible with the creation of a love story. The Queen of Swords is the archetype of a highly analytical personality, in which reflection and speech play a preponderant role. With her, the emotions are not just secondary, they are always pushed to one side.
from a career viewpoint
On the other hand, the qualities of the Queen of Swords find favorable ground in the professional world. Very methodical, the character knows how to quickly sort through information and make decisions accordingly. Her cold intelligence allows her to instinctively understand what's at issue in a situation, which allows her to be particularly effective and incisive in all situations. The Queen of Swords is made for making decisions, but never fits very well into team projects.
from a life path viewpoint
One of the great qualities of the Queen of Swords is her ability to discern. Not bothered by her emotions, she is able to look at all kinds of situations in a perfectly detached way, without having her thinking disturbed by excessive sensitivity. Although her character is ideal for decision making and finding solutions, it hardly favors social integration. You will always have to add counterbalance to this character's main characteristics.
In the short term, the Queen of Swords teaches you the virtues of reflection and analysis. What's at stake in any situation is sometimes hard to understand properly and it's always good to take your time before committing yourself definitively. Learn to take more notice of your intellect and detach yourself a bit from your emotions if you don't want to find yourself falling for appearances!
In the long run, the austere behavior of the Queen of Swords inevitably promotes isolation. Although being able to take some distance when faced with problems is essential to your growth, keep in mind that the quality of your social life is also essential to your happiness.
Interpretation of The Queen of Swords upright
When drawn upright, the Queen of Swords is usually associated with the world of intelligence and reflection. Her very incisive mind allows her to quickly understand what is at stake in any situation. She then takes the measures necessary to solve the problem, using her own, very particular, methodical approach. This impressive ability of discernment will be of great help in her quest for social or professional success.
The Queen of Swords is not well known for her qualities of empathy or sensitivity. With this card it is cold intelligence that is important. Unfortunately, this character trait is not ideal for building lasting relationships, so the people around her are often disconcerted by her aura.
However, let's not paint too dark a picture of this character. On the other hand, the people around her will find she is a valuable ally when it comes to getting out of a mess or solving a particularly complex situation. What's the best way to take advantage of her extraordinary analytical intelligence? Present things in the most detached way possible, without hiding any details!
Interpretation of The Queen of Swords reversed
In order to get a better understanding of the influence that the reversed Queen of the Swords is likely to have on the seeker's life, let's turn to the Queen of the Cups, her most obvious antagonist. While the action of the first always comes from reason and analysis, the other is above all governed by the power of emotion.
When she appears upside down, the Queen of Swords often tells the seeker that when they are facing a difficult situation they don't use their intellect enough, preferring to rely on their instincts and emotions. Emotions, however, are often misleading and it would be much better to show a little more objectivity!
In other situations, the inverted Queen of Swords can also symbolize a particularly arrogant person, who will not hesitate to speak hurtfully to others if they feel the need. It is, of course, necessary to distance yourself from such a person.