The Queen of Swords tarot card, like all court cards, often represents an actual person in your life. It can also mean a role you are playing or need to play.
If this is an actual person, it will be a man or woman who is a fierce protector.
Traditionally, this card shows a strong and beautiful woman sitting on a throne. She is holding a sword upright in her right hand and she is gesturing with her left hand. The throne, the crown, and her dress are covered with butterflies.
The Queen of Swords is a perceptive and independent person. She might be a widow, widower, or has otherwise suffered loss, loneliness, and grief. These lessons have taught her to be shrewd, stern, and impartial in her love.
This Queen is logical, intellectual, and never acts rashly. You may not like her – in fact, many people think she’s a cold bitch – but she is always objective and fair. Her heart is in the right place.
This woman calls things as they are and is fearless critic of ignorance, unfairness, and injustice. This is a perfect quote for the Queen of Swords: “If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
While she is often frightening, it is safe to take your mask off around her. She loves the underdog and accept reality, including the weaknesses and failures of herself and others. Do not fear making a mistake in front of her. Just don’t ever make the same mistake twice!
Keywords for the Queen of Swords Tarot Card
- A self-sufficient, logical person
- Someone deeply concerned with fairness
- Someone who has suffered loss, loneliness, or grief
- Speaking the truth
Keywords for the Queen of Swords Reversed
- Someone who is bitter and negative
- Cold, heartless logic
- Acting without compassion
Patterns and Correspondences of the Queen of Swords Card
- The Swords = rules the mental and intellectual world
- Suit of cards = spades
- Timeline = hours to days
- The Queen = inner wisdom and mastery
- Element = Air
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Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Love
The Queen of Swords is extremely independent, so this is not always a good card for love. You may be ready to learn a few lessons from her about standing on your own, trusting your judgment, and entertaining yourself in solitude.
However, you might also find yourself falling for a someone who is logical, intellectual, and loyal. This person doesn’t like to be controlled or directed, but if you give them freedom to make up their own mind, they will be incredibly loving and loyal toward you and the people who are important to you.
If you are in a relationship, take advice from this Queen to tell the truth, even when it hurts. Her sword can cut through anything. Be compassionate, honest, and brave. You will learn exactly what you need to know and you will have the strength to act on it.
Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Work
The Queen of Swords makes a wonderful mentor. She (or he) will help you see through the politics and bullshit at work and will show you the path toward service and success.
If you have someone like this in your professional life, you are very lucky. They may be difficult to work with or for – in fact, you might not like them. But you will respect them and that is more important.
This mentor will not compromise their values. Ever. They will always willingly live with the consequences of their actions, knowing they are just, fair, and true. This doesn’t make them popular, but it does make them a trusted member of the team.
If you are faced with a problem at work, you already know the answer. Call things as they are and take action to correct anything unfair or unjust. Think clearly and then act decisively.
Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Health
The Queen of Swords wants you to become more self-sufficient. You have been relying on the ideas and efforts of others for too long.
While you do need a support system and professional help, they can’t do the work for you. You must take action, daily, even when you don’t want to.
This Queen is a strong, fierce, independent crusader. When you struggle, imagine you are the Queen of Swords and let her passion and commitment drive you to action. Never back down on your goal, no matter what happens. It doesn’t matter if it takes four months or four years, as long as you never give up.
Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
This Queen does not make rash or impulsive decisions. She logically and impartially looks through all sides of a choice before making a decision. Once she makes her decision, however, she acts quickly and without regret.
She is also deeply concerned with fairness, so everyone involved (including yourself!) must be treated fairly with any financial decision you make. Your financial security is as valuable as anyone else’s. How do you think she got to be so independent in the first place?
A good place to start is with your own salary. Men commonly earn about 30% more than women, partly because they ask for more money. Set a date to ask for a raise and begin practicing your negotiation skills. If you are self-employed, set a date to raise your prices and begin preparing your clients and audience for the increase.
Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
The Queen of Swords is as perceptive as she is independent. She follows the beating of her own heart, instead of blindly following the crowd. She is also extremely concerned with treating everyone justly and fairly.
Take a good, hard look at your own life, especially the conversations you have and the daily actions you take (or don’t take). If you are not living your life and creating habits in line with your spiritual values, you are letting yourself and the world down.
The details matter. How you praise your children, thank the mail carrier, celebrate small successes, discipline the dog, congratulate a co-worker, care for your skin, sign off on your emails, and fold the laundry all contribute to who you are and what you add to the world. Your small choices must align with your values and spiritual understanding. Live each moment in alignment.