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Queen of Swords Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

Queen of Swords

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

swords-13, queen-of-swords, queen, swords

Description

Her right hand holds her weapon vertical, and the hilt rests on an arm of her throne. Her left hand is extended, the arm raised. Her expression is stern but humble; it suggests familiarity with sorrow. It does not represent mercy, and despite her sword, she is not a symbol of power.

Meaning of Queen of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Widowhood, female infertility, absence, sterility, mourning, deprivation, separation.

Reversed

Malice, bigotry, conspiracies, prudishness, antagonism, deceit.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

A dark wicked woman. A gossip. A calumniator. Jealous.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

A widow.

Reversed

A bad woman, with ill-will towards the Querent.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Happiness throughout life in every way.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Widowhood, Loss, Privation, Absence, Separation

Reversed

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

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Widow, a very dark woman

Reversed

an intriguing, spiteful woman.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

if you choose the number you dream of, you will win the highest prize; but you must venture but once, or fortune will forsake you forever.

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