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The Major Arcana...

0 or 22 -The Fool
1 - Magician
2 - High Priestess
3 - Empress
4 - Emperor
5 - Hierophant
6 - Lovers
7 - Chariot
8 - Strength
9 - Hermit
10 - Wheel of Fortune
11 - Justice
12 - Hanged Man
13 - Death
14 - Temperance
15 - The Devil
16 - The Tower
17 - The Star
18 - The Moon
19 - The Sun
20 - Judgement
21 - The World

The Minor Arcana...

Wands (Rods):
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands
Page of Wands
Ten of Wands
Nine of Wands
Eight of Wands
Seven of Wands
Six of Wands
Five of Wands
Four of Wands
Three of Wands
Two of Wands
Ace of Wands

King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups
Page of Cups
Ten of Cups
Nine of Cups
Eight of Cups
Seven of Cups
Six of Cups
Five of Cups
Four of Cups
Three of Cups
Two of Cups
Ace of Cups

King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords
Ten of Swords
Nine of Swords
Eight of Swords
Seven of Swords
Six of Swords
Five of Swords
Four of Swords
Three of Swords
Two of Swords
Ace of Swords

Pentacles (Coins):
King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

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The Queen of Swords
Queen of Swords

Card Nicknames: Intellectual, wisdom, truth, loneliness, counselor, consultant.

Short meaning: The Queen of Swords is a mature woman known for her sharp intellect. She is often alone or single, and has gained wisdom from past loss or suffering. She may work as a professional or lawyer. The Queen of Swords is independent, honest, straightforward, and unpretentious.

Full meaning: In Tarot readings, Queens usually represent adult females, although when not referring to a person the card could mean any personal characteristics of that particular Queen. Swords are a sign of intellect and conflict, action, or change. The Queen of Swords is often a very intelligent woman, but one of action.

The Queen of Swords is a woman with a sharp intellect, both seeking the truth and truthful. She is often a professional, sometimes a lawyer or involved in justice. She may be single and scarred by personal loss, but has good knowledge of the world as a result.

Words that appear often in card meanings for the Queen of Swords include straightforward, determined, perfectionist, independent, formidable, honest, direct, intelligent, no-nonsense, unpretentious, reliable, and she gets things done. Some definitions lean toward the negative, portraying her as harsh and critical, or having experienced hardship or currently struggling, but most of the negative meanings come up in card reversals. Some are interesting, though -- Hollander says that the Queen of Swords is a sign of emotional danger, and the King of Swords a sign of physical danger.

Kettlewell (see Sources) writes, "The Queen of Swords represents a mature woman who is highly intelligent with a complex personality. She is concerned with fine detail and accuracy in all things. She is often a professional person such as a teacher or lawyer and her opinion is greatly valued. She is extremely self-reliant, both emotionally and financially, and is often divorced or has chosen to stay single." (Kettlewell, pp. 196-97)

Dee describes the Queen of Swords as "An independent lady, she is intelligent, rational, and tends to be cool in a crisis. Graceful, possibly with a fondness for music and dancing. She is very alert to undercurrents and should not be underestimated." (Dee, p. 45)

According to The Spiral Tarot deck, "The Queen of Swords is cool, efficient, charming, friendly, and intelligent. She is concerned with fairness and equality between people. She is more friend than lover, for she bears emotional scars from the past." (Steventon, The Spiral Tarot, p. 31)

Queen of Swords Reversed
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