Queen of Swords

Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretation

Queen of Swords Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meaning

Symbolism and Interpretation

Queen of Swords




Honest, principled, ethical. Knowledge, order, confidence. One who knows truth and acts. The sword which can cut both ways. Constructive criticism.


False friends. Cruelty, vengefulness, lies, self-deception. Cold-heartedness.

Upright Meaning

The Queen of Air and Darkness.

A strong, analytical, and intelligent person who sees clearly and without illusion, though she may cast illusions upon others. She is dispassionate. She holds to truth and calls things as she sees them. She is outspoken and clear about what she wants and what she will do to get her way. Zero fucks left to give. She understands the complexity of situations. She knows grief and suffering but does not let this control her choices. She can be demanding but also kind, sympathetic, and understanding. A dangerous adversary and a loyal friend.

This person is honest, principled, and ethical. She looks at all the facts before making a decision and is willing to adjust her position as she gains information and insight.

In relationships she can be guarded until you have earned her trust. She is less affected by grand romantic displays.

Reversed Meaning

A narrow minded, cunning, bitter, malicious, and deceitful person who will speak viciously about people behind their backs. Backstabbing and willful cruelty. Unreliable. One who has suffered loss and grief but has never gotten over it and has weaponized their pain.  She is demanding of others and is willfully ignorant: she sees things as she wants them to be, not as they are.

She has a dark and pessimistic worldview, and trusts no-one. She will play favorites and demands unquestioning loyalty from others. Faithless and unethical. She will carry a grudge to the ends of the earth.

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