As a reminder, the suit of swords is driven by masculine energy and channels the power of the intellect and mind, including all the concepts, knowledge, and beliefs that it holds. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of swords to the classical element of air, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Queen of Swords card: Traditional meanings
The soul of the four court cards in the suit of swords, the Queen of Swords is an intelligent and sharp middle-aged woman, in a position of power and authority. She can feel emotions but usually lets her mind process them before she acts on them.
This double-check can make her appear severe or cold hearted, but it is just a way to make sure that there won’t be any leak or that her plan’s won’t be jeopardized by a sudden burst of emotional integrity.
Upright: A blonde middle-aged woman, sharp witted, very independent, and using her intellect over her emotions.
Reversed: Stubbornness, cold hearted, and insensitive.
Upright Queen of Swords card
The Queen of Swords in the Rider-Waite Smith tarot deck is sitting on her royal throne, seen in profile, looking to the right side. In her right hand, she holds the usual sword that is a symbol of her suit. Her left hand is extended, palm up. There are a lot of clouds behind her, highlighting her connection with the element of Air (Aquarius sun sign).
When looking at her face, it can appear as if she is acting stern or severe. This is not a frail and unassuming member of the court, she is in a position of leadership and wants to make the most of it. She has the sharp intellect associated with the suit of Swords and she knows how to use it
As the soul of the suit of swords in the minor arcana, the Queen of Swords embodies the use of intellect and wit, as encouraged by the essence of the element of Air. Fiercely independent, she is her own woman and will let no one make her decisions for her, not even the King. She knows that the world is not fair to women yet and that in order to be considered an equal, she has to be better.
To that end, she makes the most of her brain and has become an extremely effective problem solver, planning anything ahead of time and keeping a close eye on anything relevant, even when she cannot be physically present.
To avoid making any mistake, she lets her mind pilot her every decision, processing emotional responses through a process of logic and dissociation so that it does not affect her judgment one way or another.
Reversed Queen of Swords card
When the Queen of Swords appears reversed in a reading, the ideas processing “factory” in her head can be brought down to a close as negative downsides start to appear. Her decision to focus on her intellect rather than on her emotions can be pushed to the extreme and make her so blasé about human pain and suffering that she appears rather cold-hearted to an outside observer without contest.
When a reversed Queen of Swords appears in close vicinity to one or more cards from the suit of Cups, it might conversely show that her plans to let the brain in the driving siege have failed, and that she is currently overwhelmed by her emotions.
Queen of Swords and love
The Queen of Swords is a sharp-witted and efficient young woman, who refuses to limit herself to the position of a companion or be defined by the men around her instead of her own accomplishments.
As such, the Queen of Swords is a rather difficult card to encounter in a love-based tarot spread or reading. It is a woman who will not readily offer her trust, and always have a line of contingencies in case anything might turn bad for her. She would rather stand alone than compromise her position or anything she has fought long and hard for.