Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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Queen of Swords Tarot Card meaning and keywords:


Cynical and cold. Impractical high ideals.

Intelligent and clear in her dealings.

Witty and smart.


Career oriented.

Often hurt in love.

Well organised.




Lack of compassion.

Problems with phones, emails. Language barrier. 

Symbolism in Queen of Swords tarot card

The clouds symbolise mental challenges. The woman’s head is above the clouds symbolising her intellect rising above these challenges. Her sword is in her right hand pointing upwards symbolising her clarity. The bird above her head symbolises the mind’s ability to find solutions to problems. Her left hand extended is symbolising her ability to offer clear advice. Her throne is decorated with an image of a winged child, a pair of moons and butterflies. The winged child symbolises blessings, the moons symbolise intuition and the butterflies symbolise transformation. Her butterfly crown symbolises her intellect’s ability to adapt to any situation. Her cloak decorated in clouds symbolises changes. The red tassels on her sleeves symbolise passion. Her white gown symbolises purity.

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Queen of swords in a general question

Queen of Swords tarot card denotes a person who is cold, professional and smart. Queen of swords is witty and funny in an intelligent way (no toilet humour). She often represents single people who have been hurt in love, and are bitter and hurt, but good at covering it up. Queen of swords is career oriented. Queen of swords is intellect oriented, rather than feeling oriented. In situations, Queen of swords tarot card describes an emotionally cold and well organised (sometimes controlling) environment. Staying professional is a must. You might feel you are under scrutiny and all eyes are on you. Follow the rules, there is not much room for  artistic interpretations when the Queen of swords describes a situation.

Queen of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Queen of swords signifies difficulties in letting the wall come down.  Queen of swords can indicate the Seeker is his/her own worst enemy in personal relationships. This is someone who needs to be loved but is pushing everyone away.

Queen of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Queen of swords tarot card signifies intellectual work; lecturer, professor, manager, coordinator.

Queen of Swords as Feelings

Queen of swords as feelings denotes the Seeker feels they always have to be strong, even when they don’t want to. They want to let their guard down and be vulnerable, but life has taught them that this can lead to a lot of heartaches. Heartache the Seeker no longer can endure. Queen of swords speaks of the inability to let someone love you completely, and the withholding of affection. If you are asking how someone is feeling about you, Queen of swords can mean this person is afraid of love and they don’t know how to let their guard down to let you in. There is a battle going on within this person who wants to love, but instead, escapes in their heads to avoid feeling.

Learn what Queen of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau.

Personality types in Queen of Swords tarot card

Queen of swords tarot card indicates someone mature, intelligent and independent. It is something very classy about Queen of swords people and others are instinctively on their best behaviour around them. Queen of swords tolerates no nonsense, and certainly no bottom of barrel journalism. Queen of swords is sometimes more interested in finding out if other people are doing the right thing than if they are themselves doing what is right. This is someone who puts people on the spot and makes people feel they are under scrutiny. Queen of swords people needs to be at the top end of society and in organisations to feel comfortable. They are often very educated. They believe in social justice and fight honourable causes (without getting their hands dirty). They excel at organisational activities where they can oversee rather than being hands on. They are very convincing people and do excellent in politics. They have a brilliant sense of humour and are irresistible once they turn on their charm. This is someone who has acquired broad and varied life experiences. They are courageous, cool, calm and collected. They also know they are smarter than most people.

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Queen of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Queen of Swords tarot card reversed indicates issues with problem solving and communication. Queen of swords reversed can denote accusations being made without facts being checked. There are also problems with reading emails and answering phone calls. These problems can be exterior, like problems with computers and phones, as well as language barriers. Sometimes this card shows up reversed when the Seeker feels misunderstood or are misunderstanding everyone else. The Seeker might not feel very connected and is overly emotional as a result. Queen of swords tarot card often shows up reversed when the Seeker needs to be more forgiving. Queen of swords tarot card can also signify someone who is going through a bitter divorce.

Personality types in reversed Queen of Swords tarot card

At worst, Queen of swords tarot card reversed indicates someone with a ruthless tendency. They have little to no compassion for others. They often jump down other’s throat, accusing them of all sorts, without the facts to back up their claims. They rarely investigate facts and are always jumping to conclusions. They are cold-blooded, cold-hearted and harsh. They know how to give you a convincing smile, however, their dead-cold eyes always give them away. This is someone who needs to figure out what they want and how to take appropriate actions. They need to get out of their heads and connect to their hearts. Queen of swords reversed is someone who hasn’t felt anything in a very long time. They need to take a step back and enter into the energy of Knight of swords, who often describes who they were as children or young adults before bitterness ruined them.

Queen of swords tarot card meanings

Queen of swords tarot card is the most demanding of all the court cards, even more so than King of swords. Queen of swords can often be unreasonable, and many find themselves tip-toeing around her in fear of setting her off. Queen of swords can represent both a male/female, adult/child. The energy of Queen of swords is that she makes others feel uneasy. Queen of swords often rely on others too much, and can become a parasitic energy in your life. Queen of swords can take over your life in a way you might not even notice in the beginning. Her words are harsh. Don’t take it personally. Of all the Queens; Queen of swords is the most damaged, especially if she shows up reversed. 

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Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Swords Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of  Queen of WandsQueen of Pentacles and Queen of Cups.

31 thoughts on “Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. Hi Inger, its me again. I did another single card reading asking what is a friend’s problem with me and i got the queen of swords. What does this mean?

  2. You think me and J would get back together or should i give C a chance I’ve been having dreams of J lately what would that mean ? And C just started talking to me again

  3. Hi,

    I was doing my own love reading for this year. The two cards that pulled out were first Queen of Swords and King of swords. Not sure what it means? Can you explain what these two mean together?

  4. Hi,

    Can you please tell me what the Queen of Swords and the King of Swords mean together when pulled in a love reading?

  5. I pulled this card in a reading about worsening lower back pain. I wanted to know the root cause. I can’t seem to root up why I get worse not better despite doing all recommended actions for this issue. I don’t really have a woman like this in my life, perhaps my past, but not currently present. I’m wondering am I the Queen of Swords (R)? If so how do I get out of this energy? What am I missing?

  6. Hello, I did a reading asking about my new love interest and what the outcome of our relationship if we continued on this path…
    I got the 4 of wands, queen of swords, 8 of wands queen of pentacles, and the 10 of cups

    Can you help ?

    Thank you.

  7. Hi Inger!! I did a three card spread in regards to me and my love interest. However, I had to do two spreads because I mixed up the question and feared I may have confused my Guides. The first question: What messages do you have for me or what am I to expect today between (name) and I? – Page of Swords, The Star and Queen of Swords.
    When I noticed my mishap I then rephrased the question to “what to expect from (name) today?” – 4 of Wands, Queen of Swords, 4 of Swords. Under the deck the Hermit.

    I think I won’t hear much from him today or not at all…lol

    For the Queen of Swords to show up twice, I think it may represent my personality or response to him for today.

  8. Every time that I do a daily reading I would get a sword card for at least a weak so I asked my cards why I kept getting sword cards and i did a 3 card spread past present and future and the first card. Was the lovers card the 2nd was the queen of swords and the 3rd was the 5 of cups im cunfused what do u t;ink this means

  9. Hi, Jessica. I believe the cards are telling you to work on your belief systems around love and relationships. The lovers, queen of swords, and 5 of cups can indicate you are scared of getting hurt and don’t like to let your wall down. When the swords show up they want you to open up your mind to new possibilities. You can manifest what ever you want, as long as you believe it is possible.

  10. Queen of swords can mean you are feeling alone and unsupported. You ideals could be too high, and you need to let the wall down, and let people closer. Allow people in and you will feel more supported and loved in your life. Queen of swords can mean you are too rigid in your beliefs and when you loosen up by letting go of the high standard you live by everyday, you might be able to let go of pressures that are causing you pain.

  11. Hi Inger,

    I kept dreaming about an ex, so I did a one card reading on why this dream keeps on happening. In these dreams, we always ignore each other while we’re on the same bus, and it confuses me why he keeps showing up in my dreams since I think I no longer feel anything for him. I pulled the queen of swords. What do you think this means?

  12. The Queen of swords can represent a part of you that was hurt by this person, and maybe on a subconscious level you are blocking new love from blossoming in your life (which the queen of swords often does). This dream could be a reminder to heal from the ex, because a new relationship will be developing.

  13. Hi inger

    I got reversed queen of swords reversed temperance and two of pentacles for an estranged relationship between me and my daughter. At first i felt the queen reversed was describing her then i saw elements of me. Im sure its a mix of us. What is the message overall?

  14. Queen of swords reversed can often speak of misunderstandings, and often with the Queen of swords there could have been a man that also caused trouble. Was there a man causing trouble between you, someone who was difficult perhaps to deal with and caused you stress? Temperance represents Archangel Gabriel who is the angel for communication, so I would pray to him and ask to have a new beginning with your daughter. If you get a chance to travel somewhere together that would be great also, cause I feel like your daughter is a bit bored at the moment, and she wants a change in her routine…

  15. Hi Ingrid!! I did a reading about my how my love interest (a girl) was feeling today in regards to me and it came out The Queen of swords, the star and the wheel of fortune.. I felt that maybe she’s been thinking about me but won’t let me know what She feels about me.. the star here, made me feel that she has been daydreaming in regards to me.. I don’t know.. maybe you could help?

  16. Hi Ingrid :)!
    I did a reading asking if a family member, who has like a very strong energy and doesnt seem to like me (or anybody else :/ ) was doing any harm against me (intentional or unintentional), like bad energy, envy, fear etc.
    As a past present future reading I got:
    2 of swords
    Queen of swords
    But I have not much of an idea of what it could mean
    Thank you very much for your help

  17. Hi, this person can not hurt you energetically but is most likely doing self-harm as the body is responding to negative thinking by holding it in the heart and lungs.

  18. Hi, Inger- I have been meaning to tell you for a while the page of swords link leads to a 404 error page. I get this card quite often, and am curious to see the rest of what you have to say about it. I highly value your interpretations and hope you can get it fixed easily. Very appreciative- Tawny

  19. HI again Ingrid, I did a past, present future spread . The question was what is the greatest potential if I leave my husband and move on with my life. I got Magician, Hermit and queen of swords. I know Magician must be positive but since it is in the past position does it still have an effect on the present Hermit . Could theQueen of Swords be legal advise? What do you think? Thank you so much.

  20. Hi Susie. Queen of swords often shows up where we feel hurt and scorned in love. Take time now to think about what you truly want so that you don’t do something you later regret. The magician speaks of having had a strong connection, and this connection could possibly be reconciled.

  21. Hi I got a reading and received queen of swords reversed, 7 of wands, queen of cups! I need help please I’m confused more now

  22. I wonder what does it mean this card as a crossing card? I started a fund to help to my nephew for his coclear implant. This was the crossing card.
    it was Celtic cross reading: the 1st card is Sun (which symbolize him having sun in Leo in his chart!)
    crossing card is QofS. bottom card :10 of pentacles (indeed i believe we will collect enough money for him?
    past is : The hermit (it took take that decision given by doctor)
    Crowning card is 4W ( i also think that there is gonna be a happy celebration?)
    Future card is :Ace of pentacles ( financial improvement)
    7th card is me : King of cups ( i am lady but no water sign, nor blond, probably it shows my compassion about him)
    8th card : 4S (indeed his close circle don’t want this surgery, or i appear like i dont want to help?)
    9th card : Wheel of fortune ( there is a fact can change everything?)
    Outcome, which makes me confuse at this point: 8C

    Well, to me, it seems like that QofS is gonna ask me to abandon or leave the project, the fund i started?
    My brother doesn’t know about this fund, i wanted to surprise him if i can get enough money for my nephew… we will see :?

  23. Queen of swords showed up in the cross position because you are having some doubts. It is important that you believe in yourself now and if you do, you can achieve a miracle for your nephew :) I wish you all the best!

  24. Hello,

    I was giving myself a yearly reading I came upon the seven of swords (rx), the death card, and the queen of swords (rx).
    I am a bit out of sorts since what’s been going on thru the year. Can anyone please help with the combo of these cards?
    Many blessings

  25. Hi, Amy. I feel you will be able to turn things around. With the reversed cards, take a step back and look at the previous card. In your example, seven of swords becomes six of swords. Queen of swords becomes knight of swords. I feel you possibly could take on further education next year and this will bring positive transformation into your life and open up doors for you.

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