Queen of Swords Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Swords

The Tarot Suit of Swords is associated with the suit of Spades in standard playing cards - both have sharp edges. Although many tarot decks use the term swords to refer to this suit, it also has other names (that is, for the equivalent suit in other decks), which include daggers, blades or knives.

There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads.

The suit of swords is associated with the element of air. It is also associated with the season of spring and the direction East. The suit of swords concerns academic or philosophical thought, intellectual pursuits, truth, and clarity.

The 'Queens' in the Tarot Deck may also be known by other names (depending on the deck used). For example, the Shapeshifter's Tarot includes 'Goddesses' in place of the 'Queens' in the Rider-Waite and Robin Wood decks.

All court cards can be interpreted as referring to a person with the card providing information to identify the individual. Alternatively they may be interpreted symbolically, in which case Queens represent new levels of awareness or understanding and also the mother-child relationship.

The element of the Queens is 'Water'. This is the element that is associated with emotions (and the suit of Cups). Each of the four Queens is a subtly different reflection of the Empress. In general, when Queens appear in a spread they indicate a period of growth and development.

The Queen of Swords expresses the theme of high moral principles and ethical decisions.

When the Queen of Swords appears in a spread to identify a person the characteristics it conveys include:

  • a married or mature woman
  • light brown hair
  • grey eyes
  • the astrological sign of Libra.

Note that this is not always the purpose of the appearance of a Court Card in a spread and that not all of the above characteristics need apply. The readers intuition will guide him or her to mention only any that are relevant.

The appearance of the Queen of Swords in a spread can indicate that solutions are available from the querents own inner wisdom. Perhaps it is time to search within oneself.


Keywords for the possible meanings of the Queen of Swords Tarot Card include:

  • Confident woman
  • Highly perceptive
  • Justice
  • Power of truth
  • Strong woman
  • Quick-witted
  • Maternal wisdom

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What about the Queen of Swords Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the Queen of Swords reversed include:

  • An angry, embittered, vindictive woman
  • Someone's resentment might spill-over into revenge
  • Risk of manipulation by a sly and under-handed enemy

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