Notes on: The Queen of Swords
(Her Sorrow Remembered)
Our lady of sorrows and of rain. Everyone loves her wit. Only she can handle her pain. She wears sorrow like a garment and does not suffer fools at all. Indeed she has a nice collection of the heads and testicles of those who have wronged her. Still no one gives better advise as her pain has brought wisdom. Though she may prefer luxury and knows how to enjoy it, she withstands hardship even better.
Do not come to her unless you wish to know more, for she will not allow you to leave her presence quite as ignorantly as you entered it.
About the Archetype:
The suit of Swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. The Queens are the receptive and nurturing form of energy. The Queen of Swords contains both pain and sorrow and the wisdom that results from them. She has faced the conflicts and heartaches that life has had to offer and come through it with understanding. She is cutting and she does not suffer fools gladly. She is also witty, charming, and funny. She gives very good advice borne out of both experience and a keen perception that pierces through the smoke screens that others have thrown up. The Queen of Swords is also very much her own person. She has little fear of standing out in a crowd and anyone who dares criticize will find themselves quickly cut down by the sharpness of her tongue. Despite her somewhat sarcastic wit, there is usually a graciousness about the Queen of Swords as if yes she sees our drawbacks but knows what it is to overcome them as well. Only at her worst does the Queen of Swords lose this forbearance and understanding and descend to bitterness.
21° Virgo – 20° Libra
Elemental: Water of Air
Virgo’s practicality and awareness and Libra’s love of beauty combine to give this individual a strong sense of appreciation of the aesthetic. They are able to perceive what is worthwhile in everybody and go out of their way to elicit it. They are very helpful and self-aware to a fault and find themselves wounded often when either their regard is not returned or when their humour and help are unappreciated. These individuals tend to be very charismatic and attractive tho they tend to take on the problems of others way too easily and may take life too seriously a good deal of the time.
In a Reading:
When the Queen of Swords shows up in a reading, it might mean that it is time for us to express what we see in an honest and clear fashion rather than beating around the bush. It may also refer to someone in our environment who is that blunt and forthright. She (or he) may seem unfeeling but in reality, she sees that we have been sugarcoating things for way too long. Indeed not only does she feel but she feels deeply and this has given her the insight to see into the heart of the matter. The Queen of Swords knows what it’s like to be hurt and to come through it healed but scarred. What have we learned from our wounds? How have we come through them?
The Queen of Swords may also indicate either a need to withdraw emotionally from the situation or someone who is doing so in our environment.
The Queen of Swords reversed can be someone who has been hurt by life and is very very bitter. She (or he) may tear down everything in their environment because they wish the world to feel the pain that they are feeling. Alternatively, they may carry it all inside and poison themselves from the inside (this often expresses as many different degenerative illnesses). This card can also represent someone who is overwhelmed by past sorrow and can not bring themselves to enjoy the present moment.
“When I saw you it was like reality froze. Strife and abundance lost meaning as we dance even if time moved. You may be the ultimate threat to creation but you are its compassion too. It is through you that many can fully quantify lasting fulfilment.”
To be bound to the Spider many thought it pointless. In a time when all was the aftermath of the collapse of the first existence and the dragons feared each pillar. It was the selfish and overdriven wish of one dragon to chase the Spider till he could ignore her. To completely disregard their safety for the sake of personal interest many thought her a Fool. It would take many millennia to be successful but it would bring the greatest joy after that long-fought journey to reach it.
In life, we will reflect on how we approached situations that are long past. Can you see the value in your journey or will the sorrows consume you whole? Like the spider’s Wife, we will struggle to reach our goals it is this struggle that makes us the person we are today. So reflect while you can it means you still have before you reach the top.