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The Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Queen of Swords is known for her reasonability. She is often seen as an older woman who is knowledgeable and has experience.

The Queen of Swords is known for her reasonability. She is often seen as an older woman who is knowledgeable and has experience.

How to Read the Queen of Swords

The Queen of Swords sits on a throne high up in the clouds. She wields a sword in her right hand, which points up to the sky. The Queen wields power and is meant to be taken seriously. She is the high queen who can see everything from her vantage point.

Court Cards

The court cards are seen as more powerful than the numbered cards in the Minor Arcana. Each suit represents an element, and all court cards have an additional element. Because the Suit of Swords relates to air and the Queen cards have to do with water, it follows that the Queen of Swords relates to both air and water elements.

The following are the elemental associations for each court card type:

  • Pages = Earth
  • Knights = Fire
  • Queens = Water
  • Kings = Air

The Queen of Swords rules with a mix of air and water, which means she understands both logic and emotions. She rules fairly and with compassion. She works hard to balance out her mind and heart.

Queen of Swords Trivia

  • A lot of tarot card readers see this card as representing a widow or divorcee. The Queen of Swords has high expectations, and she can be critical of those around her (including herself).
  • The Queen of Swords represents independence and intelligence.
  • The Queen often represents a parent of any gender.

Card Alignments


Independent, intelligent, unbiased, clarity, self-sufficiency, communicative, charismatic, open-minded, compassionate, visionary, brilliance, focused, pleasant.


Cold-hearted, villainous, easily-influenced, mean, over the top, dramatic, hysterical, controlling, manipulative, scandalous, rigid, callous, isolated, gossipy, threatening.

The Queen of Swords leads by balancing her mind and heart. She looks at the present needs of the people, but she also has a long-term vision for them.

The Queen of Swords leads by balancing her mind and heart. She looks at the present needs of the people, but she also has a long-term vision for them.

Queen of Swords Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Queen of Swords sits on a stone chair engraved with butterflies and a mythological person. The sky is blue and cloudy, and there is a big black bird in the distance. The woman's throne is above the clouds.

The woman has flowing red hair and wears a golden crown of butterflies. Her cape has a design of clouds. She wears a white dress, which blends in with the clouds. The sword she holds is gigantic. In the distance, the trees are waving in the wind.

The butterflies are symbolic of air and also the metamorphosis of intelligence. Butterflies are associated with beauty, curiosity, and grace. The woman on the card is thought to be free to express her own thoughts.

The blue sky and white clouds represent her ability to mix and merge her thoughts and emotions. She brings her mind and heart together into one cohesive whole and doesn't abandon either side of herself.

White is associated with mental clarity and the crown chakra. The woman is known as a diligent thinker.

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The Queen of Swords in the Piedmontese tarot deck.

The Queen of Swords in the Piedmontese tarot deck.

Upright Queen of Swords

This card is about a person who has experience and knowledge. They're considered wise and reputable.

The Queen of Swords often represents an older woman, such as a mother or grandmother. The Queen is aware of both her thoughts and emotions and applies them in fascinating ways.

The Queen of Swords wants to solve problems and also connect with people and their pains. Her heart doesn't explode with love like the Queen of Hearts. Her ruling isn't as strategic and fierce as the King of Swords. The Queen of Swords holds her position with grace, respect, and austerity. She commands respect with her mind.

Someone Who Regulates Their Emotions

The Queen of Swords doesn't just move with her heart—she thinks things through. She wants to give clear instructions while also being nurturing. She makes for a wise mother who takes care of her children with an understanding that they won't always be hers. They'll eventually grow up and leave her. She wants to teach them how to be independent and finds joy in their growth and potential.

A Voracious Student

The Queen of Swords dedicates time to her studies. She is an investigator who goes around her home or office and troubleshoots problems. She loves to read, write, and think. She loves a good challenge, and she abhors a gossiper. She is in tune with her inner voice: she knows her wants and needs. She is a wonderful person who understands the timetables around her. She plans ahead and keeps track of many things. Her wisdom is a major blessing. A place that has her guidance will be brought to fortune and harmony.

The card describes a person who loves the truth. They're looking for reality, not fabrications. The Queen of Swords prizes integrity, hard work, and creativity. She promotes good thinking, and she works hard to enlighten those around her.

Offers Her Expertise

People come to this woman for advice and clarity. They trust that she can come up with the right answer or send them in the right direction. She has a fantastic reputation that she has cultivated over many years.

She Seeks Justice

She won't put up with a rule breaker. She has a keen eye for mischief and will stamp out those who create it. The Queen of Swords stands against narcissists who play with others like dolls.

People don't mess with her because she makes her expectations clear. The Queen of Swords isn't meant to be taken lightly, and she won't put up with rude or inappropriate displays. In many ways, she is like Professor Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter.

People sometimes have a hard time connecting with the Queen because of her impressive and intense background. Sometimes it takes a while to get to know her heart.

A Good Listener

The Queen of Swords has the ability to take in knowledge from others and to make judgments from this. She is a good listener, counselor, and teacher. She isn't easy to trick; she has a keen eye for details, and she notices when things are out of place.

Some tarot card readers would argue the Queen of Swords comes across as the most masculine of the Queens because she regulates her emotions and hides her femininity to a degree. She pulls in her emotions, so she can work with her thoughts in a more intentional way. She might not show her real emotions as easily and can be guarded, especially when it comes to love. Since she has a difficult face to read, she makes for a formidable opponent at poker and chess.

Considers All Facts and Data

The Queen of Swords encourages you to look at all the facts and puzzle pieces before making a decision. In a way, she is an evolution of the Knight of Swords, who can make a decision at lightning speed when he only has a limited number of puzzle pieces. The Queen of Swords encourages you to slow down, so you can see things more clearly. She is in a position where she can take her time to make decisions; the Knight has to act in the moment; he could lose the battle if he takes his sweet time.

The card promotes having a long-term vision and not just thinking about things in the present. The Queen of Swords can push her emotions to the side so that she can think beyond the present. She can think through emotional riddles and not be swept up by them.

A Deep Love of Words

Sword cards relate to strong communication. The Suit of Swords is associated with the gift of gab, so the Queen is known for her excellent communication that helps people to get to where they need to be. Clarity is her mantra.

The Queen of Swords in the Minchiate card deck. The deck was created around 1860–1890.

The Queen of Swords in the Minchiate card deck. The deck was created around 1860–1890.

Reversed Queen of Swords

This card in the reversed position indicates a person who is a walking time bomb. This is someone who is wretched—they're likely mean, loud, and inappropriate. The Queen of Swords reversed has no sense of decorum and lets manners fall to the wayside. She could care less about chores and menial tasks and is more interested in gossip, commotion, and banality.

She's pretty comfortable with herself. She has no sense of propriety and will not hesitate to belch, fart, scream, and snort. She curses like a sailor and dresses in rags.

Makes Up Her Own Truths

The Queen of Swords reversed is an unpleasant person who doesn't care about the truth. She plots against people and tries to get her hands on more power. She is greedy and irresponsible. Her reputation is terrible, and she could easily ruin the lives of those around her.

She lets her emotions get the best of her. She lets her emotions get as big as possible to make others feel bad. She loves big and ridiculous displays. She likes to be the center of attention, even if her advice is bad and her ways are mean-spirited.

An Awful Friend

The Queen of Swords reversed wants to take a wrecking ball to her relationships. She is more attracted to destruction than harmony and doesn't care whether she makes sense or not. She just wants things to go her way. She constantly changes the definitions and terms of things related to her. She breaks contracts, renegotiates, and comes right back if she senses there is more money or power she could usurp.

This is a domineering woman who lets negativity rule over her. She doesn't hesitate to make fun of you, run your wallet dry, and neglect those who depend on her. She is a dangerous woman with a self-inflated ego.

The woman is devoid of compassion, and she prides herself on this. She thinks it's funny when other people are in pain. She is devilish, like Bellatrix Lestrange. She is shrewd and knows how to milk things dry. She is always looking out for her best interest.

She is intolerant of anything that doesn't fit her expectations. The best way to deal with her? Don't play into her tricks and shenanigans. Put some distance between yourself and this person, and hope their alignment shifts to something more good and loyal rather than chaotic and evil.

You're Too Energetically Close to Something

The card can indicate you're getting too involved in a matter and that you might be in emotional fits over it. If so, you may need to step back and think more rationally because you're getting tunnel vision. When you're pressed up next to something, you're too close to actually see what is happening. You need to give the problem ample space.

Isolation to the Max

This card could also be a sign that you might be too extreme in your desire for solitude. Maybe you've pushed all your friends and family away to the point that they no longer seek to interact with you. They find you unpleasant, or they're worried they're going to bother you. Stop acting like you're some precious snowflake who deserves alone time forever. Stop acting like you're so important. Break your solitude and go be with people.

People might call you bitter, manipulative, and cruel. You may have created a sour reputation for yourself. People see you coming, and they hide. They don't want to get caught up in your craziness. You've become too severe. People have a long list of nicknames for you, and they're all associated with villains.

A Loathsome Family Member

The Queen of Swords reversed could represent a mistress or someone unpleasant, like your father's new wife. You're not a fan of spending time with your stepmother, and it's not just because of Disney movies. You legit think she is a monster who has your father on a leash.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Andrea Lawrence

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