Independent, Lonely, To the Point, Direct, Cruel, Widowhood and Divorce
Note: As I read and teach predictive Tarot, I read cards which are traditionally negative as being so. Therefore, I read the Swords Courts as representing either something which is sinister or as someone with ill intentions.
The Queen of Swords represents a female in your life who is causing trouble. Usually, this woman thrives on drama and conflict and wants nothing more than to interfere in your business, love life and personal relationships. You may or may not already know her identity. The card serves as a warning that she could one day potentially become a powerful influence.
Sometimes, the Queen of Swords can be an omen for bad things to come. For example, she could represent you during a period where you feeling lonely. She can mean that you will become divorced or widowed before your time.
Although the Queen of Swords is an overly negative card there will be times when she appears as a positive. For example, she is likely to come up when you need to adopt her attitude.
The Queen of Swords is very direct and to the point. While she may come across as being quite bitchy and aggressive, those around her know where they stand. Perhaps there are individuals in your life who like to walk all over you and you need to grow a backbone. Channel the Queen of Swords and tell them straight.
If the Queen of Swords appears as a course of action you should take, then she advises that you need to be more independent and walk your path alone.
The Queen of Sword's Historical Meaning
The pre-modern meaning of the Queen of Swords was similar to the one I have outlined above. However, it had a tendency to be more sinister. It represented everything from divorce and separation to poverty and the death of a partner.
The Queen of Swords in a Love Reading
Like the other Sword Courts, I would argue that the Queen of Swords is rarely a desirable card to receive for a relationship reading. If you are wondering someone's feelings towards you, they don't look good.
I would read the Queen of Swords as a female who is trying to negatively impact your relationship. Sometimes, this can be an ex but I have found that it is often a mother, mother in law or another female relative. If she appears in the outcome position, this can mean one of two things;
1. You will separate with your partner because of her.
2. She will be a consistent problem within your relationship for the foreseeable future.
A more sinister interpretation for the Queen of Swords is that she symbolises you in the future. This can mean that you will be divorced young, widowed before your time or that you’ll suffer from fertility issues.
If you're reading on what your lover or past lover feels about you, the Queen of Swords is not favourable; it can mean that they view you as cold and not the loving type. For more information on your partners feelings and intentions towards you, it is best if you do a spread on these issues (I have several in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book).
The Queen of Swords in a Business Reading
Because of the nature of the card, it is not a frequent occurrence to see a Queen of Swords in a business reading. Usually, the Queen symbolises relationship and family issues not so much anything related to career. Therefore, if a Queen of Swords appears in a career reading, I am inclined to think that it means you must be more independent.
Although the Queen of Swords is associated with loneliness, she is also a symbol of autonomy. The Queen does what she wants, when she wants. She plans her moves logically. For a business reading I would say that her clever and independent traits are an attitude you should adopt for your company.
The Queen of Swords as a Yes or No
For most things, the Queen of Swords is a no.
The Queen of Swords in a Positive Reading
In a positive reading, the Queen of Swords can indicate someone who:
- Is independent
- Doesn’t need the approval of others
- Is to the point
- Doesn’t hide her feelings; she is very direct
- Cannot be easily fooled
The Queen of Swords in a Negative Reading
In a negative reading, the Queen of Swords can indicate someone who:
- Is lonely
- Is cruel for no reason
- Likes to hurt others
- Meddles in other people’s affairs
- Is infertile, divorced or widowed
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Cards used in this post are The Wooden Tarot by Skull Garden