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Upright: Independent, unbiased judgement, clear boundaries, direct communication
Reversed: Overly-emotional, easily influenced, bitchy, cold-hearted.
The Queen of Swords sits on a stone throne decorated with cherub representing the Queen’s softer side, and butterflies representing transformation. She faces towards the future, with her left hand raised as if to receive, and in her right hand she holds a sword up high and straight, representing her desire to find the truth in all matters. As with the previous Swords Court cards, there are clouds in the background and a strong wind that passes through the trees, symbolising the ongoing nature of change.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The Queen of Swords combines the mental clarity and intellectual power of the suit of Swords, with the maturity and receptiveness of the Queen. You have the gift of being able to use your intellect and unbiased judgement to make every day, while also remaining flexible and open to receive input from other sources. As you lead from the head and not the heart, you are able to judge and discern situations without the influence of emotion or sentimentality. You may believe that empathy or compassion towards others will distract you from the task at hand. Instead, you like to know the how, what, why, where, when and who of everything to help you make sense of your environment and to better understand others. It is not that you do not care about others, but you connect with other people through an intellectual understanding rather than an emotional one.
The Queen of Swords indicates that you seek the truth in all matters. You are open to hear the thoughts and opinions of others, but ultimately, you are filtering that information to decipher what is true and what is not. When interacting with others, you will not tolerate mistruths or excessive ‘fluff’. You prefer to get to the heart of the matter without engaging in too much chit-chat or gossip.
The Queen of Swords suggests that you have an innate ability to tell it like it is. You are a quick thinker and you are highly perceptive, cutting through the noise and confusion to get straight to the point. There is certainly no ‘beating about the bush,’ or ‘softening’ of your comments, opinions and thoughts. You are upfront and honest about your opinions and you expect the same from others. For this reason, many people respect your opinion and come to you for advice when they need clarity.
As a determined, independent and resilient person, you have established clear boundaries and you are quick to call out when someone crosses that boundary. People do not mess with you, not because you threaten them or inflict violence, but because you set clear expectations upfront about how you want to be treated. Some people might be afraid of you, but once they get past your tough exterior and develop a sense of trust and respect, they see your softer side.
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The Queen of Swords reversed indicates that you may be allowing your emotions to get the better of you, as you put your heart before your head. You may be very emotionally involved in a particular situation or issue, but this may be distorting your perception of the situation at hand. You need to use your head a little bit more to understand what is happening and read the signals more accurately. Look at your situation objectively and think with your head and not your heart as this may give you a better picture of the situation and help you evaluate what you need to do next.
Similarly, the reversed Queen of Swords suggests that your relationships are clouding your usually clear vision. You are allowing others to dominate you and negatively affect your ability to make clear decisions. You are hesitating with pursuing your plans because you don’t want to rock the boat or upset the positive balance and harmony of your relationships with others. At the end of the day, you need to be more hard-edged, confident and assertive to be successful. Clear sight and analysis, objective weighing of options and ideas for the future and even careful consideration of (but not necessarily choosing) the alternatives are essential right now.
At times, the reversed Queen of Swords can come across as cold-hearted, bitter, resentful and bitchy, particularly if she is completely devoid of any emotion or compassion for others. This card may represent a part of yourself or someone else you are trying to deal with. You may be putting others off-side and losing your supporter base, isolating yourself from others and being seen as narrow-minded, intolerant and mean.