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Queen of Swords Art and Meaning Waite Smith Tarot Deck Deck

Designation

Queen of Swords

About the Deck

Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"

Provenance

Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.

Tags

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

Description

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.

Meaning of Queen of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck

Upright

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

Reversed

Malice, bigotry, artifice, prudery, bale, 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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