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Queen of Swords Description

The Queen of Swords sits on her carved throne, her sword held aloft in her right hand, ready for action, her left hand beckoning to one of her minions to step forward for “judgment.”

She is not happy today.

This is a woman who is used to having things brought to her, or to her attention, to be dealt with presently.

She is resolute, fixed, and immovable once she sets her mind to something.

Prime Elements of Queen of Swords

  • Status: Queen. Mother, judge, teacher, nurse, policewoman, executive, woman
  • Suit: Swords. Constriction, imprisonment, dominatrix, ice queen
  • Direction: Southeast. Opposition to traditional ruling elite. Female politicians. Late night
  • Element: Air. Storms, intense mental activity, being devoid of emotional clutter

Traditional Queen of Swords Meaning

The Queen of Swords is a decisive woman, one who often gains enemies among others who do not understand her or cannot abide her stern ways. She is strong-willed and tends to keep her reasoning to herself, finding explanations of her behavior a nuisance, or even a question of her judgment, rather than a motivating factor in her underlings.

She is highly intelligent, capable, and not overly swayed by emotional displays or tantrums. The Queen of Swords represents the concept that real power lies behind the throne, as she is not always the one “officially” in charge, as that position comes with too much “shaking hands and kissing babies,” and not nearly enough actual hands-on management of affairs.

Alternatively: If used to indicate “the element of Air,” the Queen of Swords card will be either a Gemini, Libra, or an Aquarius woman, a doctor, nurse, executive, decision maker, any type of female authority figure, a politician, monarch, matriarch, architect, designer, engineer (etc.)—none of which are “heartless” or “emotionally distant” by nature. 

Remember that all of the cards in the suit of Swords have to pull “double duty,” alternating between elemental interpretations and suit interpretations. Clarifying cards will solve any confusion instantly.

Reversed Queen of Swords Meaning

When reversed, the Queen of Swords can mean Insufferably evil or mean-spirited, selfish woman. Tyrannical boss, corrupt politician, or harsh mother figure. Black widow or femme fatale. Heartless, critical, stern, and unforgiving. Could indicate the downfall of an otherwise good woman. 

Open the Queen of Swords card up if you need additional information before deciding firmly on a set meaning.

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