The Queen of Swords is the card of honesty, fairness, objectiveness, principles, independence, and perception. The card shows a queen, with a stern look on her face, sitting regally on a throne. She looks off into the distance in a profile view, as if she is pronouncing a judgement on someone. She gives off an aura of confidence. She knows what she is doing, and she knows that her pronouncements are fair.
The Queen of Swords reminds us that honesty and fairness are important principles in building good relationships. They are just as important as empathy and emotional understanding. When you know what your values are, it will become clear to you what and who you are looking for in a romantic relationship. The Queen of Swords is a reminder that we must choose with our head as much as our heart.
If the Queen of Swords appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is independent, reasonable, and reliable. While they follow their head over their heart, they are not heartless. If you are friends with this person, don’t expect them to always agree with you. This card is astrologically associated with the element of Air. Because Air is a masculine element, this card carries an active, assertive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as.
For physical characteristics, the Queen of Swords as a person represents someone who is disciplined when it comes to taking care of themselves. They take a very practical approach to their physical appearance. This person spends reasonably on clothes, accessories, food, and health-related memberships. If they feel like they’re not benefiting from a gym membership, or not using it frequently enough, they will let go of it. They are more concerned with effectiveness than status. Aesthetically, they might prefer a timeless and classic look. Because of their impeccable manners, they always dress appropriately for any occasion. Their style is effortless but always on point.
For emotional characteristics, the Queen of Swords as a person represents someone who is loving but fair. This is the type of person who will give you tough love if they think you need it. They typically exhibit the mature, feminine sides of the air signs. Like a Gemini, they communicate effectively. Like a Libra, they are very good at navigating and maintaining relationships. Diplomacy is their forte. Like an Aquarius, they avoid drama.
For careers, the Queen of Swords can represent someone who works with logic, intelligence, or privileged information. Because Queens embody a feminine energy, they are more passive than assertive, which suits this person well if they work in a field where the ability to maintain confidentiality is valued. This person is both fair and compassionate, making them the perfect judge or mediator for any situation. They are usually an excellent judge of character. This doesn’t necessarily limit this person to a career in the legal field. They excel in any field where discernment, attention to detail, and logical thinking is required. Much like the High Priestess, this queen knows when to keep information to herself, and when to disseminate it for the greater good. She operates with integrity from an unselfish place.
The Queen of Swords as a person represents someone who makes you feel like you’re in good hands. You always have the sense that they know what they’re doing. Even when they don’t, they’re always trying to find out the proper way to do things. Before you get to know them, they will tend to be quiet and private. But once you get to know them well, you might find that they’re an excellent conversationalist and they can be witty with a fun, sharp sense of humor.
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If the Queen of Swords reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is dishonest in their communications. Overall, they are a negative person. This is the kind of person who will make you ask, “Who hurt you?” Because this is a Minor Arcana card, some of these traits will not be inherent aspects of their identity. If they are behaving unfavorably, they might just be going through a temporary phase. It may be a behavioral pattern that they can still unlearn, if they choose to. Good or bad, nobody is perfect, and people can use their free will to change for the better.
For physical characteristics, the Queen of Swords reversed as a person represents someone who dresses to kill, but in a mean-spirited way. This person likes to make others feel inferior. They have a tendency to be cruel. They have impossibly high standards. They make a point of one-upping anyone they deem to be their competition. When drawn in the reverse, this card can represent an elitist vibe.
For emotional characteristics, the Queen of Swords reversed as a person represents someone who is cold, calculating, and extremely selfish. They relentlessly exploit and take from others. They give as little as they can get away with. They typically exhibit the feminine shadow sides of the air signs. Like a Gemini, they use their words to manipulate others. Like a Libra, they are shallow and judgmental. Like an Aquarius, they are incredibly cold. They see other people as tools and pawns in their self-serving schemes.
For careers, the Queen of Swords reversed can represent someone who is ruthless. They may be a professional backstabber who built a career or business on the backs of others. This person is a taker, rather than a contributor to their workplace or industry. On a larger scale, this could be the CEO who treats their employees atrociously. This person is envious and sabotages anyone they perceive to be their competition.
The Queen of Swords reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel inferior. In the upright position, this queen is a “Type A” person who has their life together. In the reverse, they give off the illusion of being that put-together person, but some things don’t add up. They may make you feel bad about where you are in life, reflecting their own insecurity. They can also be very sharp and cruel with their words. Don’t take anything this person says personally. It’s not you, it’s them.
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For love readings, the Queen of Swords represents honesty, fairness, and sticking to your principles. When we think of romance, we often think of our heart. But for a relationship to work, it has to make sense with our head as well. The Queen of Swords is a reminder to stay true to your personal values and to play fair with others.
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