What Does the Queen of Swords Mean?

The Queen of Swords has the reputation of being the Ice Queen. She can appear to be cold as ice, to some. She just thinks with her head, not her heart. Every decision is made in logic & fact. She gets things done with precision & aplomb. Cold? Maybe. Effective? Definitely. Be the Ice Queen.

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Tarot Card Meanings for the Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords General Keywords & Reversed Meanings

Aloofness; intellectual; factual; solemn; a great thinker; critical and precise; observant; a widow; rationality; independent; witty.
a complainer; can be verbally vicious; ruthless; cutting; manipulative; cunning; cold hearted; vindictive; spiteful; gossip.

Queen of Swords as People

As Occupations
Lawyer; judge; journalist; college/university lecturer; prison guard; executive; career woman; high flyer; negotiator; trouble shooter; politician/government official.
As People
An analytical and intelligent woman; quick-minded; a problem solver; clinical but not cold; likely to be highly educated or with an interest in continued education; a people watcher who observes more than she speaks; ardent and stoic; a sharp dresser; independent and self-disciplined; an astute businesswoman.

Queen of Swords as Events & Inner Processes

As Events
Success with literary projects; independence perhaps through divorce; entering into self-employment; a meeting with an advisor, perhaps even a psychologist; and end to personal troubles; business meetings; professional learning and certification; networking.
As Inner Processes
Applying logic to a situation; stepping back from the emotions; being objective; stepping out from behind your mask; finding mental clarity; having to be ruthless or strong willed; finding the light after the dark; new found inner wisdom; having the courage of your convictions.

Queens & Mothers

The Queen is but one way to represent the mature ladies that grace each suit. The main three decks follow this way but some decks break with this tradition. The Quest Tarot is one such deck where the court family is replaced with an actual family: father, mother, son & daughter. Changing the title of the card does shift the meaning a little and humanises the court card in a more familiar way, as I explore in How to Finally Conquer the Court Cards.

Queen of Swords Correspondences

Elemental Water of Air. Queens are water, the suit is air
Timing Sept 12 – October 12
20° Virgo – 20° Libra
Rules 10 of Pentacles; 2 of Swords; 3 of Swords
Qabalah Binah in Tiphareth
Numerical Values 4 – card counting value / letters of the Tetragrammaton
3 – Tree of Life sephira – Binah
13 – sequential, following the Knight of Swords
Yes or No Maybe


Queen of Swords as a Daily Tarot Oracle Card

Oracle Message: Rise above low-level action.


My Dad has a wonderful saying, “Bullshit baffles brains.” There’ll be plenty of it about today, the BS, that is. And there’s no-one better equipped to deal with it, or indeed spot it, than the Queen of Swords. She has a BS Detector so darn good that if she could replicate it, build a handheld version of it, she’d be a millionaire.

So here’s what you gotta do, switch your BS Detector on. Take a leaf out of the Queen of Swords’ book and use your skills of perception to see through the nonsense to get to the truth, if it’s there. A word of warning here, the Queen of Swords can be ruthless, she is most definitely precise and exacting, but what she’s not is a loose canon. When she comes across BS in all its forms, she deals with it in the most appropriate manner for the situation. And so must you.

If you come across someone trying baffle your brains with bullshit today, don’t fly off the handle, don’t overeact, note it and respond accordingly. That often includes applying the Rule of 10 or 24, that is, wait 10 minutes or 24hrs before you do. That way, you are responding and not reacting.

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