Tarot Card meaning for the Queen of Swords



In the Queen of Swords, we see a mature lady sitting straight on her throne. Her Sword is in one hand and her other hand seems to be making a gesture of reason. Her head is above the clouds: she is in control but might favour the intellect above all else.

The Queen of Swords as a day card

Today, you or someone around you may be feeling clear-headed, straight-to-the-point and possibly a bit void of emotions. Who could this card represent?
This behaviour can work in some situations, but in other situations it could be harsh and painful to other people. Is this behaviour suitable, or could we do with more feelings and possibly some empathy?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

This card is clearly two sided. On a positive note, direction and decision making skills are great, on the other hand sometimes empathy and allowing more emotion and spontaneity to evolve might be better. It really depends on the situation. If we are a strong Swords person what can we learn from the other suits or vice versa, if we live in other suits how can we take some skills and abilities from this Queen?

How this card could present itself in real life

I have been raised by a mother that embodies this Queen; not the most cuddling, warm approachable of mothers but she was organised and a great mum in her own right. We never did without anything and her way of showing love was to provide a solid, stable environment in which we knew the rules and could flourish within those boundaries. As a mother myself I apply many of the great traits she had, but I also try to bring in some more emotion and creativity in the relationship between me and my children. It will be interesting to see how my children view me in the years to come.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

The Queen is the second in charge for each suit in the Court cards. She is mature, comfortable and entrenched in her suit. As with other court cards it is not so much a gender based card, although the Queens will show a few more feminine traits, more so than the earlier court cards.


In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see this Queen as a vibrant, strong and powerful women, she owns this suit.

In the Crowley Tarot we see the Queen of Swords more as an overly strong feminist (/ man eater). The fact that she is shown so far away on this card shows that this Queen might be somewhat aloof.

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