Queen of Swords


Queen of Swords definitions

The Queen of Swords is a sorrowful woman who has lost in love, or is widowed.

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Image of Queen of Swords in Rider-Waite tarot deck
Queen of Swords

Her right hand raises the weapon vertically and the hilt rests on an arm of her royal chair the left hand is extended, the arm raised her countenance is severe but chastened; it suggests familiarity with sorrow. It does not represent mercy, and, her sword notwithstanding, she is scarcely a symbol of power.

Widowhood, female sadness and embarrassment, absence, sterility, mourning, privation, separation.

Additional Meanings: A widow.


Malice, bigotry, artifice, prudery, bale, deceit.

Additional Meanings: A bad woman, with ill-will towards the Querent.

Book of Thoth

Image of The Queen of Swords in the Book of Thoth tarot deck
The Queen of Swords

The person symbolized by this card should be intensely perceptive, a keen observer, a subtle interpreter, an intense individualist, swift and accurate at recording ideas; in action confident, in spirit gracious and just. Her movements will be graceful, and her ability in dancing and balancing exceptional.

If ill-dignified, these qualities will all be turned to unworthy purposes. She will be cruel, sly, deceitful and unreliable; in this way, very dangerous, on account of the superficial beauty and attractiveness which distinguish her.

Golden Dawn – Queen of the Thrones of Air

Intensely perceptive, keen observation, subtle, quick, confident, often perseveringly accurate in superficial things, graceful, fond of dancing and balancing. Ill-dignified, cruel, sly, deceitful, unreliable, though with a good exterior.


Widowhood, Loss, Privation, Absence, Separation.


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Etteilla Queen of Swords


A Bad Woman, ill-tempered and bigoted, Riches and Discord, Abundance together with Worry, Joy, with Grief. Widowhood, Widow, Privation, Absence, Dearth, Sterility, Indigence, Poverty. Empty, Vacant, Deserted, Idle, Inactive, Unoccupied.


Evil Woman. Bale, Malice, Trickery, Subtlety, Artifice, Mischievousness, Bigotry, Prudery, Hypocrisy.

Paul Foster Case

The vesica combined with the ankh refers to the letter Heh. This card refers to mental and creative activity in the astral plane. It is the power of mental imagery directing subtle astral forces.

Time period

From the beginning of the third decanate of Capricorn to the end of the second decanate of Aquarius, January 10th to February 8th, under the combined rulerships of Mercury, Saturn Uranus, and Venus.


A woman of some authority, outwardly agreeable and complaisant, but inwardly ambitious and subtle. Keen perceptions, good observer, self-confident. Accurate in superficial details. Graceful, fond of dancing.




Deceitful, sly, cruel.


Light-brown hair. Gray eyes.

Thierens: Queen of Swords

Widowhood, female sadness, privation, absence, sterility, poverty, vacancy, unemployment, mourning, separation. Reversed: Bad woman, malice, bigotry, prudishness, hypocrisy, artifice, deceit.
The female rulership of the element of Earth on the house of Taurus, in which the Moon is exalted and ‘womanhood eternal’ is contained. The house of money, in worldly affairs. So this card must mean either woman ruling by matter, material or magnetic attraction, purely physical charm, or ruled by material elements herself. The latter may be seen as: ruled by the desire of luxury and money, or as: overpowered by material difficulties, weighed down under the burden of a material world. A woman of Saturnian and Martian qualities is seldom charming unless in a purely physical and sexual way; there may be higher virtues, however, which in this case will be developed by suffering, such as chastity, severity, continence — from which it will be easily seen, that sterility, privation and mourning may derive, personally. Astrologically the Martian and Saturnian qualities are seldom found to be very ‘benefic’ for women, being very often signs of an unpleasant character or injured reputation. On the one hand this card may be a woman under affliction and severed from her natural protector or protection — widow, divorced, separated, though not the unmarried; on the other hand we have to see in this card the woman who is paid for her ‘love,’ and the fact that “woman costs money,” a fact of more occult significance than the world at large understands. It is indicated in the commandment of JHVH that ‘man’ should till the soil (Taurus) after the loss of the paradisical state. So this card has to do with the material necessity of married life, with peasantry and husbandry and economical exploitation. Well aspected, it may indicate art in general and sometimes wealth after assiduous struggle and toil.
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Queen of Swords tarot meanings - a widow
The Queen of Swords is a sorrowful woman. A woman who has lost in love, or is widowed. Swift and accurate at recording ideas; in action confident,

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