Queen of Swords – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Queen of Swords - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Queen of Swords – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Queen of Swords in a Tarot reading is about physical charm and attraction, there may be high virtues but this is tempered by a cold personality that has experienced serious loss and sees a relationship as a necessity for their material upkeep.

In the reversed position it is a toxic relationship unable to resolve past bitter experiences and sense of loss.

Queen of Swords – As a Woman, Outcome and Feelings

Suffering, afflicted woman, widow, divorced or separated; or woman of a lower sort of character, hateful, spiteful, paid love, deception in love; material stress, heavy expenses, burdening; also exploitation, peasantry, possibility of wealth after enduring toil. In many cases it means sterility, privation. Only strong characters can stand this card. To weak characters it is full of menace and may cause grief, mourning, failure in the face of the hardship of life and unemployment. It may mean the absence of woman where she is wished for or desired. It warns against the evil influence of (a) woman. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Queen of Swords

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


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.

Meanings Queen of Swords in a Reading

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

Queen of Swords – Reversed

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

Additional Divinatory Meanings
A widow.

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

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Queen of Swords

Divinatory Meanings
Queen of Swords – Widowhood, Loss, Privation, Absence, Separation.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
A Bad Woman, ill-tempered and bigoted, Riches and Discord, Abundance together with Worry, Joy with Grief.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

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.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Queen of Swords
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.

Further reading

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