Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
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"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
swords-13, queen-of-swords, queen, swords
DescriptionHer 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
Widowhood, female sadness and embarrassment, absence, sterility, mourning, privation, separation.
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
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
Widowhood, Loss, Privation, Absence, Separation
A Bad Woman, ill-tempered and bigoted, Riches and Discord, Abundance together with Worry, Joy with Grief.
P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings
Widow, a very dark woman
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.