62-Queen of Swords – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – Queen of Swords Upright Rider Waite Deck

Queens are mature nurturing individuals (mother figures) who are responsive to the emotional climate surrounding the querent. They represent important women related to the current situation or significant personality traits needed by the querent to navigate the matter at hand. When upright, the Queen of Swords indicates a need to keep your wits about you as you go through a period of anticipated loss, deprivation, or actual grief. This queen has known sorrow but has matured and become more self-reliant as a result of her privations.

Keywords Upright: perceptive, thoughtful, mature, familiar with sorrow, introspective, self-reliant, independent, observant, subtle, clever, analytical, intelligent, just, critical, rational, dutiful, stoic, in control of emotions; weighing a decision, worried about an outcome, considering options, dealing with loss or abandonment, coping with grief; a strong woman who has known loss and privation.

Decans/Timing: 20 Virgo to 20 Libra. Tropical, 12 September–12 October. Sidereal, 07 October–06 November.
Astrology: Water of Air. The Queen of Swords gives birth to autumn at the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.
Associated Trumps: The Hermit and Justice.

Rider Waite: 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. Divinatory Meanings: A woman familiar with sorrow, widowhood, female sadness, and embarrassment, absence, sterility, mourning, privation, separation; (R) malice, bigotry, artifice, prudery, bale, deceit.

When Queen of Swords is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Queen of Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Queen of Swords is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Queen of Swords using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: The major arcana (the Hermit and the Magician) suggest that President Obama’s spiritual lessons include learning how to deal with aggression in a contemplative, well-reasoned and skilful manner. The Queen of Swords is a model for the type of cool rationality that might help in situations of conflict related to warlike Mars. The Ten of Pentacles indicates that the president is likely to learn this lesson in his material affairs and in efforts to pass on his legacy to the next generation.

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Creative Tarot: Which is, essentially, what the imagery of the tarot does as well. Every gesture, every color, every archetype and figure stands in for something greater, something very personal and meaningful to us. It’s no wonder, then, that surrealists were drawn to the tarot.

Complete Book of Tarot: The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, published in 1909, undoubtedly the most popular deck of the last century. It has been cloned many, many times.

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