QUEEN OF SWORDS

General Meaning
Representing the energy of a Queen, this feminine power was traditionally known as a widow, crone or divorcee. In modern times, she can be viewed as a model of self-sufficiency, independence and intelligence. She often has extremely high standards due to her subtle sensitivities, which can be perceived by those around her as being critical or hard to please. Her true motive is to refine the world, to upgrade peoples’ understanding — so that everyone can have the space they need to become fully themselves.
She is not interested in conforming. She is too intelligent to be confined to the role of housewife or nursemaid, although she is perfectly competent in those areas. She chooses her associations (or her solitude), and is seldom caught up in dependent relationships — at least not for long. Her intelligence is not always the most comfortable to be around, but she can be counted on to see through superficiality and point to the truth of a situation.

In the Advice Position
Make your own decisions. Exercise as much independence as you know you can handle.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Queen of Swords in this position advises that you refrain from remaining dependent on others at this time. Instead of placing too much confidence in the promises people have made, harbor only those ambitions you know you can accomplish yourself.
The Queen of Swords does not want to wait and see what others would think, say or do. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She doesn’t ask permission or even subject herself to much influence. There are times in life when no one can take care of you as well as you can. Leave sentimentality behind and take action. Make important decisions for yourself because it’s up to you. You are the final judge.

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QUEEN OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Quick thinker, organised, perceptive, independent
Reversed: Overly-emotional, bitchy, cold-hearted

QUEEN OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The Queen of Swords sits high on her throne with a stern look on her face indicating that no-one can fool her. In her right hand, she comfortably holds a sword pointed to the sky, and her left hand extends as if she has something to offer to others. Behind her is a spring sky, different from the winter settings on most other Swords cards, and this has an emergence and growth quality to it. The sky is clear, representing her clarity of mind as she considers matters of the intellect. The bird above her head symbolises the mind’s ability to soar above day-to-day issues in order to arrive at appropriate solutions.

UPRIGHT QUEEN OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Queen of Swords represents the sternness of a mature intellect which is devoid of emotion. In mythology, the feminine is associated with emotion, yet in this card the woman is stern and composed, and without much feeling. This card therefore represents the intellect’s ability to judge and discern impartially, without the influence of emotion or sentimentality. She likes to know the how, what, why, where, when and who of everything to help her make sense of her environment and to better understand others. It is not that she does not care about others but she connects to other people through an intellectual understanding rather than an emotional understanding.
The Queen of Swords is a sign that you need to be independent in thought and in judgement. You must use your unbiased intelligence in order to make a judgement of a particular situation, drawing upon every piece of information and fact that you have gathered along the way. Empathy or compassion towards others may distract you from the task at hand, so it is important that you think with your head and not with your heart at this particular time. Do not let emotion get in the way. Rather, use fact and logic to make your decisions.
The Queen of Swords also has an innate ability to tell it like it is. She is a quick thinker and highly perceptive, and as such, she can cut through the noise and confusion to get straight to the point. There is certainly no ‘beating about the bush’, or ‘softening’ of her comments, opinions and thoughts. She is upfront and honest about her opinions, and expects the same from others. The best way to interact with the Queen of Swords, therefore, is to remain as impartial as possible, and to present your thoughts and opinions concisely and honestly.

REVERSED QUEEN OF SWORDS TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Queen of Swords reversed indicates that currently you may be thinking more with your heart than your head. You may be very emotionally involved in a particular situation or issue but this may be distorting your perception of the situation at hand. You need to use your head a little bit more to understand what is happening and read the signals more accurately. Look at your situation objectively and think with your head and not your heart as this may give you a better picture of the situation and help you evaluate what you need to do next.
Similarly, the reversed Queen of Swords suggests that relationships are clouding your usually clear vision. You need to refocus your goals or direction, yet you are hesitating due to a desire not to disturb the positive balance and harmony of your relationships with others. At the end of the day, you need to be more hard-edged, confident and assertive in order to be successful. Clear sight and analysis, objective weighing of options and ideas for the future, and even carefully considering but not necessarily choosing, the alternatives are essential right now.
On the other hand, the reversed Queen of Swords can come across as cold-hearted, bitter, resentful and bitchy, particularly if she is completely devoid of any emotion or compassion for others. In her quest to get to the bottom of an issue, she puts a lot of other people off-side and loses her support base. She isolates herself from others and is seen as narrow-minded, intolerant, and mean.

QUEEN OF SWORDS

DESCRIPTION

The personality of the Queen of Swords combines the positive air energy of the Swords suit with the inward focus of a Queen. You can always count on her to tell you exactly how it is. Above all else she admires honesty, and she lives by her commitment to being truthful. Lies, tricks and games are of no interest to her, but she’s not easy to fool. She is experienced in the ways of the world, good and bad. The Queen of Swords can size up a situation quickly. She understands human folly, but doesn’t condemn it. She knows when cow manure is being thrown around and simply finds clever ways around it. She prefers being straightforward and direct. Her observations are candid, but never hurtful. In fact, this Queen has a delightful sense of humor. She likes a good laugh and always has a witty comeback ready-to-hand. She knows that life isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. The Queen of Swords is refreshing in her candor and lack of pretense.

In readings, the Queen of Swords asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you being completely honest? (Check this one first!) Do you see the humor in the situation? Are you getting right to the point? Have you figured out what’s really going on? Are you letting yourself be fooled?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of honest, direct communication. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

QUEEN OF SWORDS

Queen of Swords Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Honest, truthful, candid, protective, independent, chatty, communicative, witty, funny, principled, fair, constructive criticism, strong, quirky, realistic, objective, discerning, problem solver, sceptical, intelligent, sharp wit, self-reliant, open-minded, sophisticated, mother, repressed pain or sadness, divorced, hard knocks

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Queen of Swords can represent an older woman in your life who will step in when you are vulnerable and protect you or help you to overcome a problem. It represents being intelligent, sharp witted, witty, honest, truthful and candid. This Minor Arcana card signifies being realistic, discerning or sceptical and it can signify that you will receive constructive criticism from someone and you would do well to listen to it. It can also represent open-mindedness and self-reliance. However, this card can also indicate that you may be suppressing some pain or sadness from past events. As a person, the Queen of Swords represents a mature female or feminine person who is chatty, quirky, forthright and supportive. She may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. She is a woman who may have known loss or suffering herself and has gained much inner strength and wisdom from her experiences. She is someone who will always defend those who cannot defend themselves. She has strong empathy and is a great person to have in your corner if you are vulnerable as she will defend you. However, she will not suffer fools gladly and if you are in the wrong, you can expect her to call you out on it without mincing her words! She can have quite a sharp tongue on her at times. She is strong, quick-witted, principled, fair, funny, sophisticated, independent and capable and will not be clingy or needy.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, the Queen of Swords indicates that repressed emotions may be at the root of any health issues you are experiencing. You may have suppressed sadness or grief. This card in a health context, tells you that you need to find a way to release these emotions and events as the stress of suppressing them may be manifesting in physical or psychological symptoms or ill health. A professional counsellor may be able to help you release them. Reiki would also benefit you to help let go of the negative energy and find your balance. This is a motherhood card and as such, a good omen if you are trying to conceive.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship the Queen of Swords can indicate that you are in a relationship with someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. As a partner, she likes her own space and is extremely discerning about the people she dates or has relationships with. She will not be overly slushy and may not like public displays of affection but she can be very affectionate and loving and she is incredibly loyal, witty and kind. This Minor Arcana card can represent a woman who is in a relationship but misses some of the freedom and independence of being single. It can also indicate that a bluntly honest mature woman may have a lot to say about your relationship. This could be a mature female friend, mother or mother-in-law giving their opinion. Again, they will not mince their words but they may provide constructive criticism that you would do well to take on board. If you are single, the Queen of Swords can indicate that you will meet someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. This card can represent a person who has had some hard knocks in life but has come through them stronger and wiser. It can represent being divorced or a single mother so you may meet someone in those circumstances or be in them yourself as you enter the dating world. It can also indicate that you love single life, are fiercely protective of your independence and need a partner who can understand your need for freedom and compliment your life. This card indicates that you would like to meet someone who can enrich your life but you are self-sufficient enough not to need one. This is a great position to be in when dating as you can afford to be selective.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Queen of Swords can indicate that you may receive support, assistance or constructive criticism from an older woman in your work environment. This woman is sophisticated, honest, wise and professional. You would do well to follow her example. This Minor Arcana card is a good communication card so you should find you are able to get your point across when it appears. Your colleagues will respect you for your honesty and integrity when it appears in your Tarot spread. In a financial Tarot spread, again the Queen of Swords can indicate that an older sophisticated woman may give you some solid financial advice so pay attention. She will not stir you into trouble. It can also indicate that your gift of the gab may lead to you getting some good financial opportunities.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Queen of Swords can indicate that you are trying to rationalise things too much rather than follow your emotions and intuition and this is delaying your progress on your spiritual path as your mind wrestles with your heart. Your emotions and your intuition are just as important as your rational brain, don’t disregard them. Sometimes you need to trust your gut even if your head is telling you otherwise. It can also indicate that past personal struggles have given you wisdom, strength and compassion that allow you to understand and empathise with others and defend those who cannot defend themselves.
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Queen of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Overly critical, pessimistic, lack of empathy, rude, malicious gossip, manipulative, harsh, bitter, spiteful, vindictive, nasty, cruel, deceitful, cheater, unforgiving, scatter-brain, mental fogginess, poor communication, dysfunctional, obsessive, dependant, not learning from past, absent mother, repressed trauma, infertile

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Queen of Swords reversed can represent not learning from the past or not forgiving the past and using it as a stick to beat others around you with. This card can signify that an older or mature female in your life may try to drag you down by spreading malicious gossip about you or being overly critical of you. It can also be an indication that you are feeling dependent on others or not getting the freedom and independence you crave. This card also represents being dysfunctional or infertile or having a cold or absent mother or an evil step-mother. As a person, the Queen of Swords reversed represents a mature female or feminine person who generally is not a nice character as she can be bitter, cruel, cold, unforgiving and pessimistic. She may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. She is a woman who may have known loss or trauma herself which she uses as justification to drag others down. She can be spiteful, nasty, vindictive and vengeful. She may lack empathy for others and can be obsessive and controlling. She is someone who may be overly critical or harsh to the people around her and can come across as rude and very negative in reverse. The Queen of Swords reversed may also be a liar, a cheater, disloyal or just generally deceitful.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, the Queen of Swords reversed indicates that at the moment you are a bit scatter-brained when it comes to your health. This may take the form of forgetting to go for appointments, not taking medication as instructed or not following through on treatment plans. You need to put your focus back on your health and if you are worried that the mental fogginess you are experiencing may point to more serious issue, go get checked out by your doctor. This card can also represent infertility or fertility issues.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship the Queen of Swords reversed can indicate that you are in a relationship with someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. The Queen of Swords can simply represent a woman who is in a relationship but is fearful of being single or alternatively, feels her freedom is far too restricted. However, if this card represents your partner is can be a bad omen of a woman who cheats or lies and manipulates. However, the Queen of Swords reversed can also indicate that a bitter or nasty older woman may try to interfere in your relationship and cause trouble. This Minor Arcana card may also be telling you that you (or your partner) are repressing past pain and it is stopping you from fully opening up and being the loving, loyal and kind partner you are capable of being. You need to deal with these issues in order for your relationship to flourish. This also advises you not to be overly critical of your partner. Nobody is perfect including you, so cut them a break! If you are single, the Queen of Swords reversed can indicate that you will meet someone who embodies the qualities outlined in the above section or you are displaying some of those characteristics yourself in your love life. If this represents a potential partner, steer clear as she will bring you trouble and is not, in her current state, someone you should be in a relationship with. This card can simply be an indication that you dislike being single and want to find someone you can depend on. This card can also indicate that you have come through a trauma or a bitter divorce and are feeling pessimistic, negative and possibly vindictive. You need to give yourself time to grieve and release the pain or anger you are carrying. Don’t take the sorrow you feel at the moment out on innocent people. You have a choice in how you deal with what you’ve been through. You can change what’s happened but you can decide if you are going to learn from it and use to it to become a better person or if you are going to let it change you for the worse.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Queen of Swords reversed can represent an older woman in work environment who is overly critical or harsh with you or may spread malicious gossip about you. However, this Minor Arcana card can also point to communication issues where you may not be getting your point across in the best way. Be careful not to come across as negative, severe, pessimistic or rude when dealing with co-workers or business associates. You’ll catch more flies with honey as they say! In a financial Tarot spread, again the Queen of Swords reversed can indicate that an older deceitful or malicious woman may give you some bad financial advice so be careful. This card can also indicate poor communication or miscommunications which could end up costing you money.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Queen of Swords reversed can indicate that you are completely shutting off your intuition and emotions in favour of your rational thought. On the flip side, it can mean that you have completely switched to going on emotions and gut instincts against any rational thought. You need your mind, heart and spirit to be in balance. Don’t go too far to the extreme as it can leave you ungrounded and vulnerable. It can also indicate that past personal trauma may have left you completely numb and shut off from your emotions. You must allow yourself to grieve and release the pain of your past in order to learn from it and move forward.