Queen Of Swords In Tarot

The Queen of Swords in TarotWhen you come across the Queen of Swords in Tarot you know you are dealing with an honest and to the point  type of woman. This Queen is witty, experienced, forthright and astute. She sizes up a person quickly and is swift to judge anything that is not genuine. She acts from her head, not her heart so she is unlikely to get overly caught up in peoples dramas and acts in a way that can be seen as a mediator where she helps to defuse tension between others.

The Suit of Swords-what do they represent?

Swords represent the air element in nature and are associated with all things in the mental realm. They are about making clear headed decisions, possible conflict, at times mental confusion and acting with swiftness. When there is a Queen involved from any of the suits, you know you will be dealing with a woman who will play a prominent role in your life, or it could indicate you need to take on her characteristics at the current time in order to move forward. The surrounding cards will confirm.

Other symbolism in the Queen of Swords.

Butterflies in TarotIn the Rider Waite Tarot deck we see that the Queen of swords has butterflies on her crown, as well as on the decoration on the throne she is sitting on. In tarot, butterflies symbolize transformation of thought, and given that Swords are also within the air element, the butterfly is a fitting match for the swords. The Queen has come through a lot in her life and gained knowledge and wisdom and therefore has much to teach others-whether that be good or bad. When this card shows up reversed it could indicate you are dealing with a bitter jaded woman from all her life experiences.

Other references to the air element is the flying bird and the clouds surrounding the Queen.  We can also see a Cherub on the decoration of her throne, and angels are traditionally associated with messengers and communication which also relate to the air element. This queen may have a message for you at this time either via a person you know, or it encourages you to act as if you had the personality traits of this queen.Cherubs in Tarot

Direction the Queen is facing.

We also need to take note of the direction she is facing, and her hand gesture as well as the direction of her sword. You can see there is not a lot of flexibility in her position and she is very decisive.  She is facing away from us as she focuses on her task at hand in a single minded manner.

Well known women who have the traits of the personality of the Queen of Swords.

Margaret Thatcher quickly comes to mind as I think back in history of famous women who embody this personality. Margaret was otherwise known as the ‘Iron Lady’ as she was known for being uncompromising in her approach to leadership.

Angelina  Jolie in the movie ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ demonstrated her unemotional ways as a secret assassin,  and Merryl Streep in ‘The Devil wears Prada’, showed us the more negative side of the Queen of Wands where she displayed little care for her employees and was quite a bitter personality.

When do you need to use the energy of the Queen of Wands?

If there are situations in your life where you are feeling completely confused and overwhelmed in life, it may be time to think more with your head than with your heart. It is better to make a clear cut decision  (even if it turns out to be wrong later on) than to wallow around and not make any decision. Use the movement of this airy mental suit to begin to get more clarity by taking action-any action- to help you reach a state of clarity. Be uncompromising and single minded until you have achieved what ever it is you want to achieve in a certain area.

What do you notice about the Queen of Swords? Can you think of anyone in your life who reminds you of this personality? Feel free to comment below and let me know!

6 thoughts on “Queen Of Swords In Tarot”

  1. Wow, this is really interesting I never knew that there was so much information about tarot cards. I remember getting a pack of tarot cards a few years ago and never ended up doing anything with them.
    Thanks for all this cool info, I am definitely going to try and find those cards again 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting Kyle! The Tarot is an endless study-whether you are a complete beginner or have years of experience, there is always some insight to benefit from each cards story.

  2. Lucy Emmanuel

    Am not a big fun of cards, but from reading this I have been attracted to them more with the Queen of Swords. it’s true some times it takes a person to make hard decisions in life even if it might bring negative effects later.

    I am a good example- I acted like Queen of Swords in order to feel free to live life how I want. I went from being dominated and dependent on others to make my decisions for me, to living life how I want and do all I want.

    I had to run away and no body knew where I was until I found peace in my mind and heart. Now I am the unwanted to the whole family but free and happy…

    The next comparison to the Queen of Wands is the Movie called spartacus where the king had to go to the war and fight died and let the family alone behind.

    You page is so nice and you have helped me with my identification. Keep it up.

    1. Thanks for visiting Lucy, and thanks for sharing your story with me. Running away from everybody you know in order to find inner peace and happiness is quite a dramatic example of the Queen of Swords! I hadn’t thought about the movie Spartacus, but I think it is another fitting example of acting with a definite purpose and detaching from the emotions in order to do what is perceived to be right.

  3. Hello Liz!

    I bookmarked your website to come back and study this more cause I would like to learn more about the tarot. I already got the Rider Waite, but so far I have mostly been using Osho`s deck. I am not sure about Margaret Thatcher as example, but I understand of what you mean by possessing certain qualities of the Queen.

    Very nice, thanks!

    1. Hey Igor! Glad you liked the site and got some inspiration out of it. I also have the Osho deck and use it when I want more direct straight forward answers as opposed to the Rider Waite deck which has a lot more symbolism and takes a little more knowledge to read if you are reading without a guide book. Hope to see you back soon!

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