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Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

Make your own decisions. Exercise as much independence as you know you can handle.

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What does the Queen of Swords Tarot card mean?

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Queen of Swords Upright Meaning

Representing the energy of a Queen, this feminine power was traditionally known as a widow, crone or divorcee. In modern times, she can be viewed as a model of self-sufficiency, independence and intelligence. She often has extremely high standards due to her subtle sensitivities, which can be perceived by those around her as being critical or hard to please. Her true motive is to refine the world, to upgrade peoples' understanding -- so that everyone can have the space they need to become fully themselves.

She is not interested in conforming. She is too intelligent to be confined to the role of housewife or nursemaid, although she is perfectly competent in those areas. She chooses her associations (or her solitude), and is seldom caught up in dependent relationships -- at least not for long. Her intelligence is not always the most comfortable to be around, but she can be counted on to see through superficiality and point to the truth of a situation.

Queen of Swords Reversed Meaning

When the Queen of Swords is reversed, it indicates a propensity for denying your deepest feelings. Somewhere you decided that speaking up for the emotional truth is selfish and unattractive. As a result, you are prejudiced against your own needs.

It is not a flaw to have a heart; it is a flaw to ignore it. Show some compassion for yourself, and in so doing help your loved ones love you better. Don't isolate yourself. Have compassion for yourself. Serving your own feelings and needs is appropriate and necessary.

Queen of Swords Advice Position

The Queen of Swords in this position advises that you refrain from remaining dependent on others at this time. Instead of placing too much confidence in the promises people have made, harbor only those ambitions you know you can accomplish yourself.

The Queen of Swords does not want to wait and see what others would think, say or do. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She doesn't ask permission or even subject herself to much influence. There are times in life when no one can take care of you as well as you can. Leave sentimentality behind and take action. Make important decisions for yourself because it's up to you. You are the final judge.

Queen of Swords Love Position

When the Queen of Swords comes up in this position, it is a time to become more autonomous. This queen has learned through challenging experience that she should be her own best friend. She doesn't need to be rescued, "helped" or patronized. As such, it's time to set boundaries as you move your emotional and psychic centers back to yourself.

In the old tradition, the Queen of Swords was stigmatized as unwanted, a woman who had outlived her usefulness to a man. Nowadays wise and independent people with maturity are better appreciated. Today we celebrate her as a self-defined individual and understand her as a person who owns herself. She fosters no dependencies because she craves none. In this way she is freer to move in the world unencumbered by the entangling expectations of others. When the time arrives, it may be more beneficial to become less available to a new partner's whims. Strike out on your own. Win or lose on your own merits.

Queen of Swords Career Position

When the Queen of Swords is in this position, you are in the process of releasing yourself from a work-related relationship. The overall feeling is one of impersonal detachment. Certain ideas may have surfaced which emphasize differences between you and coworkers. Because the basis for the relationship is in question, naturally there is a change in the quality of interaction. What used to be a river of ideas between you is now a trickle. If this is so, then there is little left to cling to or be sentimental about.

It may be a good time for you to be on your own now. Think of it as you would a change of season: the situation or environment you are in is becoming dormant and the temperature is dropping into frosty zones. You may need to thicken your skin or put on a few more layers of emotional padding. Why allow yourself to be injured during this climactic shift? It is not really about you anyway. It may simply be about change.

Queen of Swords in a Yes or No Card Reading

The Queen of Swords is a card of steadfastness and direct communication. If you're looking for simple Yes or No guidance and receive the Queen of Swords, the answer is YES. Say exactly what you mean and trust in your understanding of the situation.