The Queen of Swords embodies the transformation of life’s harshest lessons and deepest sorrow into profound wisdom and depth of insight. She is, on the one hand, an image of a sorrowful woman, such as a widow, yet she also represents the powers of intellect to liberate one from the bondage of grief and despair, through objective, honest reflection and penetrating insight into the meaning of what transpires. This card may also represent “straight talk” or “telling it like it is”, and the resemblance of this card to Justice further reinforces the suggestion of some one dealing out punishment or harsh truths.
Clarity, objectivity, understanding and mental discipline are nourishing in this case and bring emotional fulfillment. The Queen of Swords can also represent one who creates literary works of art such as poetry, novels, or spoken word performance, or some one gifted at weaving a beautiful story. She is articulate, not for the sake of impressing others with many syllabled words and impressive sounding banter, but for the sake of actually illuminating wisdom and fostering understanding in others. The Queen of Swords also represents the relief and comfort we can find in objective reasoning, as during a time of emotional upset or stress. We loosen the hold of our emotions by reminding ourselves of certain objective facts, and we can reinstate stability within us through logic, critical discipline and reasonable discernment.
Alternatively, it shows one who is capable of keeping a clear head in the middle of somber or stressful situations, or some one who accepts hardship, sorrow and sad facts of life with serenity, acceptance and grace. It may indicate some one who is suffering because of an ongoing attempt to always live by his or her highest principles, or one who is so hungry for a kind of “purity” of being that she chokes all the joy out of life with rules, restrictions, admonitions, fanaticism or idealism.
The Queen of Swords card is connected to the Sun in Aquarius as a symbol of independence, individuality and empirical wisdom.
Card meanings upright:
The Queen of Swords card may indicate that you are very smart and professional with an intelligent wit and humor. You are likely quite intellectual, and may rely on your intellect over your feelings most often. If you have been hurt in love, you are likely very good at covering up feelings of bitterness or hurt.
Card meanings reversed:
When the Queen of Swords is reversed, it may indicate that you are having issues with problem solving and communication. You may be feeling misunderstood due to false accusations or struggling to understand the people around you.