I’m a highly creative, go-with-the-flow kind of a person and I typically associate with the Queen of Cups energy: nurturing and loving, emotional, surround myself with beauty and love kind-of-a-person. As an earth sign (Virgo) I have a little bit of the Queen of Pentacles too, with a focus on the home and trying to achieve balance between my home life and work life.
But in the last four tarot readings I’ve done for myself, I’ve drawn the Queen of Swords. After confirming that this is indeed a persona that I’m meant to be like (rather than a person in my life), I knew that I needed to do some research to figure out exactly how to embody this type of energy.
What type of person is the Queen of Swords? How do I embody the Queen of Swords energy? These are the questions I explore in this article.
What It Means if You Pull the Queen of Swords
There are typically two ways to interpret any of the court cards. The first is that this is a person around you who embodies these characteristics, and the second is that this is an archetype that you should embody in your life for greater success at this time.
You can determine this by pulling an additional card. If it is another court card, it means that it is a person in your life. If you pull any other tarot card that’s not a court card, then the card is meant as characteristics that you should try to be more like.
Regardless of which one you’ve pulled, take a look at the list below to determine what kind of person the Queen of Swords is and how you can be more like that person.
If you’ve asked a Yes/No question, the Queen of Swords is typically thought of as a “Yes”.
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What Type of Person is the Queen of Swords?
First and foremost, Queens are cards that demonstrate women who have fully stepped into their power. They are typically women who are over 30 years old and are experience in life as well as confident in their abilities.
The suit of swords is all about thought, intellect, precision, and reason. This is one of the more traditionally masculine suits (especially compared with the more emotional Cups suit, or the fiery Wands suit).
Queen of Swords is someone who is discerning and objective, rational and calculating. She is powerful and knowledgeable, and she’s a person who has seen some sh*t in her life (and not just survived, but thrived in spite of it all). She is a person that others go to when they need constructive criticism. She sets strong boundaries and can see through illusion to the truth of the matter.
But just like every human being on earth has a shadow side, so too does this queen. When her characteristics turn unhealthy, she may be more critical, cold, and judgmental, may manipulate others, and may turn bitter.
It’s very important to keep in mind embodying the healthy traits of this card, and not going so far to reach the unhealthy levels.
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Keywords for the Queen of Swords Tarot Card:
- impartial judgment
- mental clarity
- sharp perception
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Queen of Swords: Wild Woman Archetype and Folk Examples
For the last year or two, I’ve been exploring a lot about the wild woman archetype. The wonders of these archetypal women are very prevalent throughout the Rider-Waite and other tarot decks.
Often times, the Queen of Swords is thought of as someone who is old, experienced, and knows how to act and what decisions to make during tough times. She sees the truth and has gained depth, both spiritually and earthly, through her struggles.
Whether you’re a witch or not, this energy has a lot of witchy qualities.
Here are some women in folklore and pop-culture who embody the Queen of Swords energy (both healthy and unhealthy levels):
- Baba Yaga
- Amy Farrah-Fowler from The Big Bang Theory
- Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) from The Devil Wears Prada
- Jan from The Office (with her work, at least)
(Picture is from the Mermaid Tarot. Read more about the Mermaid Tarot here.)
7 Practical Ways to Embody the Queen of Swords Energy
So here are some of the things I decided to do over the next few months that I believe will help me truly step into that Queen of Swords energy.
1. Organize my calendar
Queen of Swords is intelligent and organized with both her thoughts and her life.
The first thing I thought to do was to put together a strong organization for my time for this summer. I didn’t schedule everything to a T, I left plenty of room for flexibility. But I felt that if I were to set certain days for certain tasks and get organized about my to-do list, that I might be able to achieve more.
2. Make decisions based on logic and reason (not emotion)
I’m a very emotional person. I always act based on my heart, and never my head. But it isn’t always healthy to only follow your heart and ignore what the rest of you is saying. Queen of Swords is a very logical, rational person. She follows her head and thinks through difficult decisions rationally before making decisions.
When I’m trying to make purchase decisions, decisions about my work or my time, or decisions about my future, this summer I’m going to pause, think about both my emotions and brain, and what they’re both trying to tell me. I will question my emotions and see if there are any deeper issues there.
The summer has just started, and I know that soon I will already be feeling my boundaries trod upon because of the free nature of a summer schedule. By setting a good schedule with my husband for when I can have my own time for exercise, work, and pursuing my goals.
But boundaries aren’t just for your time. They’re also for how you communicate with others. Recently, someone crossed my boundaries with communication, and I had to reaffirm those boundaries with that person.
I don’t want to be cruel, just be very discerning and precise with what I want and expect out of others.
4. Speak my mind
The Queen of Swords is not the type of person to hold her tongue. She speaks her mind freely. At healthy levels, she’s not mean or cruel, but she is always honest.
I’m happy to have spoken my mind recently with a few people that could have had bad consequences. Thankfully, there were no bad repercussions, because I was honest but not emotionally-charged.
I need to be able to embody this energy ALL THE TIME.
5. Rule my home with fairness but encourage independence
I have two toddlers at home. The toddler life is not an easy one… ever! They want to be more independent, but they need my help for a lot of tasks and emotional regulation. Queen of Swords encourages me to find a healthy balance between encouraging them to be independent while still supporting them as their mother.
I can also encourage their own rational thought through working on organization and logic-based school activities over the summer.
6. Pursue my goals with rational thought and precision
I’m currently writing a novel. In fact, I have four of them, plus a non-fiction book, in the works. But I haven’t planned enough. I have a tendency to be a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants) rather than a plotter.
In an attempt to get a better grip on my story, I’m in the process of writing out a detailed outline that will help me see any holes in my plot or places where character development really need to be brought to the forefront.
This calculated planning is very Queen of Swords.
7. Not get distracted or tempted
One of the other tarot cards that I’ve drawn regularly (or that’s been on the bottom of the deck) is the Devil. Now, I don’t believe that the devil or demons are out to get me. But it does mean that I’m going to be tempted to do things that I know aren’t in my best interest. For example, wasting time on Facebook. There are so many better ways I can spend my time.
Eating sugary foods or foods that I know don’t agree with me (wheat, dairy, etc) are another temptation. I know just how much better I feel when I eat healthy, but sometimes the temptation is too great.
If I allow myself to stay focused on my goals for the next few months, I can really work that Queen of Swords energy!
Queen of Swords is a powerful female energy. But recently I’ve been only following my heart and emotions and it’s time for me to bring my head back into the mix. I believe that when I follow the Queen of Swords energy I will have a lot of success this summer.
What kinds of things would you add to your list to become more like the Queen of Swords?
Drop me a comment below!
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