When the Queen of Swords pops up in a Tarot read, she is an Air sign woman influencing the situation. Or this Queen can be a strong suggestion that you deploy logic and airy wisdom to a situation. That is as opposed to the ‘stay put no matter what‘ energy of Earth, the gung-ho forward charge velocity of Fire or diffuse emotional sensing of Water.
“You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth – you can point with it too.” Anne Lamott
In the 12 Card Tarot on the site, her message differs depending on where in the spread she falls. For example: in the 3rd House:
Time to cut through some nebulous bullshit and apply radical candor or extreme logic to situations where people are non-clear or even manipulative. Call upon the powers of Air in your chart (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) to regain equilibrium and ease of thought processes. News or vital data from an Air Sign lady may be incoming. Avoid grandiose, hubris-ridden “analysis” at this point.
Compared to the 12th House:
Here we see the Queen Of Air in your Soul Sector, the most Water domain of all. This suggests a newly rational approach to aspects of your life that you usually prefer to blur or gaze at through a veil of gentle delusion. The Queen is a powerful supporter for when you want to become more lucid and disciplined, free of old compulsions or misapprehensions that once drove you.
The Queen Of Air
In old style astrology, she was often referred to as a Widow or as being in mourning but IMHO this is some version of sexism. Culture and society is struggling even now with really integrating the concept of truly self-reliant, independent women.
Decades ago – let alone in medieval times – being a widow probably was the only socially sanctioned style of being independent. That or a Vestal Virgin/Nun giving it all up for a Saviour/Messiah.
So i don’t see any of the negative, “in mourning” context to the Queen of Swords – she’s armed with a fantastic intellect and she rules her domain with lucid judgement, remaining objective as she sifts the data available through a filter of her own wisdom.
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