Queen of Swords: Objective Truth
It’s Saturday and one of those weekends in January when I feel at peace. With how low the week felt, I suppose I am just happy being in the present knowing that the things I get to spend my time on are fun or less stressful.
I’ve been reading a pretty disturbing book lately — or it started of disturbing and then ended in a confusing state where you could discuss and come up with multiple philosophies but never really quite know what it’s like if you aren’t in that situation. That was a pretty ambiguous sentence, but really what I want to say is that I learnt something from that book. It might have been small but I felt my brain stretching a little be further, which is one of the benefits of reading books. Entertainment and learning. Great Saturday really!
What you see: The Queen sits in profile on her stone throne, which is decorated with a cherub and butterflies. She wears a butterfly crown while holding a sword upright and gesturing in front. Her robes are adorned with clouds, as real clouds are gathered in the distance. In the background are Cypress trees, a river and a solitary bird flying overhead.
What it means: The Queen sits gesturing, represent her need to hear the truth and gain knowledge. The cherub represents the Queen’s softer side while the butterflies represent transformation. The element of air is also present with all the clouds and the lone bird, while the river reminds us the emotional element and intuition that is always present in cards with women.
The story: The Queen of Swords represents unbiased judgement; decisions based on a balanced mix of rational and emotional perception.
Reversed meaning: Reversed, the card represents bias, manipulation and an over-emotional state that influences perception.
Reflection: The Queen of Swords is an older woman and can also be seen as one of the more masculine of the Queens. She has gained the ability to balance both sides of her — the rational and emotional, which has occurred only due to a transformation over time. The card represents growth in that we are transformed by our experiences and get wiser with age.
My research sources:
A Complete Guide to the Tarot, Eden Gray, 1970
Tarot Card Meanings, Biddy Tarot
Card Meanings, Labyrinthos
Root Lock Radio: A Tarot Podcast