Queen of Swords
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Queen of Swords. Or, as I just heard, “Iron Lady.”
Undeniable; firm yet receptive; purity; divinity; holding her own; sword of truth; heavenly.
Sword, crown, robe, throne, clouds, angel, butterflies, trees, river, red earth, yellow dais, mala beads (prayer beads), bird.
The butterflies feel so important to the truth of this queen. For all she may appear formidable, she is as the butterfly; the product of great turmoil to emerge transformed. Combined with the image of the angel and the “heavenly” robe, there’s a lot more to this queen than meets the eyes.
Blue, crimson, gold, orange, brown, white, silver, gray, dark green, yellow.
It’s the gorgeous and airy and somewhat virginal blue of the cape that, for me, is everything – well, almost everything as my eyes stray to the prayer beads on her left wrist. The soft and airy (divine) nature of the cape seems in such contrast to the grandeur of the throne and the crown (of butterflies!) and the steely sword, and yet it’s in that contrast we find her truth. She is light and dark, soft and hard, open and guarded. She is everything… like her cape.
What the Guide Says About the Queen of Swords
“Her right hand raises the weapon vertically and the hilt rests on an arm of her royal chair. The left hand is extended, the arm raised, her countenance is severe, chastened, and suggests familiarity with sorrow.
“Divinatory Meanings: Widowhood, female sadness and embarrassment, absence, sterility, mourning, privation, separation. Reversed: Malice, bigotry, artifice, prudery, deceit.”
Privation: a state in which things that are essential for human well-being such as food and warmth are scarce or lacking.
I’m not sold on the privation aspect offered by the guide. In fact, overall, I feel the exact opposite. It could be that others view her possible singularity as privation based on their own needs and desires.
What We Say About the Queen of Swords
Contrariness as with inability to engage with others.
One who is mainly solitary of home relationship.
Correlation with crone, and yet could be one who is childless by choice or by creation.
One who is firmly planted in the seat of her power, with a great wit.
One who is given to great works of the mind; an industry leader or thought leader.
One who devotes herself to self-education and self-practice, be it of a business or spiritual nature.
Could be a medium or angel communicator.
Party of one.
Ahead of her time.
I Might Ask a Client…
“In what way do you display your authority with femininity?”
“Are you a medium or have you felt you have medium tendencies?”
What comes up for you around this card?