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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.’’

Marcus Aurelius


In the Rider-Waite deck, the Queen of Swords is shown on her stone throne, extending her left hand as if to offer something. Just like her husband, the King of Swords, the right hand holds a sharp sword facing upward. Queen’s attention is focused on the direction of her left hand, or, in the future.

Upon a closer look, you can see that she has a slight frown in her face. This is because the Queen of Swords is a resilient and wise woman who endured a lot of emotional pain. Yet, she follows her inner light in the darkest of sorrows, despite the melancholy that gripped her soul.

The Queen of Swords represents an individual or a situation with characteristic qualities of the card. As the most intellectual queen of all, her life is a quest for truth and knowledge. Just like the Air element, she cannot be shackled by anything. Her independence will always propel her forward.

Her biggest weakness is the depth of her emotions. Therefore, in a reading this card can represent a process of learning to turn emotional sensitivity into inner strength.

When interpreted as a specific person, it is likely to be an older female that has one of the air element zodiac signs in his natal chart.


Queen of Swords Keywords

  • Intellect
  • Stoic

  • Truth

  • Independence



  • Overly emotional
  • Miscommunication
  • Vindictive

Upright Queen of Swords

Guidance: When the Queen of Swords represents you or another person, it talks about a sophisticated, independent, strong-willed person whose counsel is beneficial. She is often known to have wisdom beyond her years, and her words have a way of piercing others. Therefore, the Queen of Swords is excellent at writing, law, academy and psychology. As a situation, it can sometimes indicate emotional vulnerability, melancholy or hurt. This is especially true if the card is in future position. Nonetheless, you are a resilient, highly sensitive person and you will always come out of stronger in the end if you put your mind to it.

Love: In her relationships, the Queen of Swords seeks someone who can challenge her intellectually. She is sensitive, funny, truthful and independent. A relationship with her is surely never boring, as long as you respect each other’s personal space. Alternatively, the Queen of Swords may be an ex or an outsider who is trying to influence your relationship. If you are single, this card suggests you had endured pain and heartbreak in the past which sometimes still haunts you in the present. Your freedom means a lot to you and you find it hard to trust others. You need to forgive and forget.

Work/Finances: The Queen of Swords shows that you appreciate being autonomous, direct and ethical. It indicates good communications and deals in your work environment. You are not easy to fool by others. Your self-reliance and integrity are respected and can land you a leader or management position soon. Don’t give into negative emotions and arguments and work on your diplomatic skills. The situation you are in requires you to be logical and objective. It can also represent a mature person around you, possibly a woman, with authority and power. Your approach to this person should be clear and to the point.

Health: More often than not, the Queen of Swords points to mental and emotional health.  Make sure you don’t repress any negative emotions inside you. Alternatively, this card can represent health issues being repressed or denied. Keep in mind to listen your body carefully and don’t ignore any symptoms.

Spirituality: The Queen of Swords often shows up when a person is turned inward to heal their wounds. Bottling up your sadness, grief or stress will only cause your anxiety to grow. It is time let these emotions you had buried so deep to come to the surface and see the light. You are a very perceptive and knowledgeable person. These qualities combined with the wisdom you gained through your life experiences, can help you and others immensely.

Guidance: The Queen of Swords reversed can point to a past emotional trauma or resentment that needs healing. You don’t need to carry these burdens with you moving forward. This card encourages you to build an inner strength so unshakable, that any struggle you experience is a lesson for you to grow and not an obstacle in your path. In the cases where this queen represents someone else, it can be a warning to be aware of someone who is cold, mean and calculated.

Love: In her relationship, the Queen of Swords reversed often feels disappointed, restricted and hurt. She also has trouble to forgive the past and move on. As a result, she may get vindictive and ruthless. Whether this speaks of you or your partner, what you need is open and honest communication. It is time to air out unspoken, repressed issues in your relationship for once and for all. If you are single, it is best to allow yourself time to heal from old wounds. As you find the courage to move on, you can trust and love again.

Work/Finances: One of the issues the Queen of Swords reversed indicates is poor communication. You cannot let your emotions overrule your mind when it comes solving problems. Don’t get sucked into heated arguments in your work environment, it will only damage you in the future. When this card represents an individual around you, it is often someone you need to be careful of. This card can warn you about a ruthless authority, a gossiper or a deceitful partner. Make sure you don’t overspend.

Health: In regard to your health, the Queen of Swords reversed can suggest that you are repressing negative emotions and neglecting your body’s needs. Often, the suggested problem is something you can deal or minimize by simply taking better care of yourself. Don’t hide from your issues, deal with the facts with a clear mind. Sometimes, you may be amplifying or distorting the problem more if you keep replaying it in your head.

Spirituality: The most important message of the reversed Queen of Swords is to forgive and forget. It is not productive to bury yourself in sorrow. In order to get yourself out of victim mentality, you need to remember that all this is a lesson for you to grow further as a person. You are a stronger person than you know and once you own that strength, nothing will ever hurt you the way it did before.

Reversed Queen of Swords

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