The Meaning of the Queen of Swords

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The Meaning of the Queen of Swords

At a Glance

The Queen of Swords is most commonly seen as absolute victory, the kind that does not even involve joining the battle. This is accomplished through maturity, wisdom, and the power that comes with it.

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Considering the place of the Queen of Swords in your reading involves both understanding its role in the Minor Arcana and its orientation when drawn in your particular reading.

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  • At this point in your life, what skills have you cultivated, and how can they help you in your current endeavor?
  • Female friendship is indicated by the presence of a Queen of Swords. Which of your friends could represent this Queen, and how does s/he affirm you and help you cultivate your strengths?
  • When it comes to your health, the Queen of Swords can mean that it is time to turn to those you can trust. Who can you confide in to help weather your current challenges?

Reversed

  • In its reversed state, the Queen often points to someone with malice toward you. Who have you been in conflict with, and how might their actions pose a danger to you at the moment?
  • Is there any action you might be able to take to heal rifts and possibly defuse conflicts that could lead those with ill will to act against you?
  • In the event that you are unable to defuse possible conflicts or shut out those who would work against you, what measures might you take to protect yourself and your interests so you can maintain your focus on your own goals?

Interpreting the Symbols

  • Throne : The seat of power, a sign of dominion.
  • Sword : Force, might, strength unleashed to a purpose, this symbol shows action embodied.
  • Queen : A mature woman in her full power, a widow that does not answer to anyone.
  • Crown: Majesty derived from a strong foundation.
  • Butterflies : Spiritual fluidity; communion with the divine from a light, playful stance.
  • Bird : Freedom, expansiveness, perspective, independence. Comfort in one's own skin.

Charmaine’s Take

The Queen of Swords is a symbol of mature feminine power. In traditional interpretations, it is taken as a symbol of widowhood, but don’t let that deceive you. The widowhood associations are metaphoric, and they point to the idea of a woman who is totally empowered, in control of her own resources, and making decisions without accountability. This could pertain to the subject of the reading or it could indicate another person in your life, someone who could be seen as a source of support and strength.

In reverse, this card takes on a malicious character, warning the reader about a woman who means ill for the subject. Often, this is someone who has the resources to make one’s goals difficult to achieve or who could oppose one indirectly, not necessarily someone getting ready for a direct confrontation. Keep this in mind, as well as the possibility that thwarting those intentions might mean defusing that ill-will.

Last but not least, remember that the kind of power associated with the Queen of Swords is relaxed and plentiful. It’s the exercise of dominion without the need for struggle, which points to the figure in question being someone with power. Look to the authority figures in your life when seeking the meaning of the Queen in your own readings.

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