The Qabalistic Mother-Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth, is often called the Sanctifying Intelligence and known as the Parent of Faith. The Qabalistic Word Binah itself means Understanding. What is often not realized is that she is also Chronos who is the oldest of ancient gods. We may know him as "Father Time" but the highly restrictive nature of time, birth, aging and death are the ultimate result of the gift of Life bestowed by Binah who was the Greek Juno and later Janus. It seems that every generation of Greeks decided that the god of time was a different sex. So once again the Sexing of the Sephira proves to be insubstantial for complete understanding. It helps to remember that each Sephiroth has an expressive-male-state and a receptive-female-state of consciousness.
The Queen of Swords is Water of Air, which is also called Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Air. Water is the element attributed to the unconsciousness and emotions while air is the element attributed to mind and consciousness. Thus, she is as Crowley stated in the Book of Thoth, "Clear, conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator of Mind".
Therefore, in Western Magic the Queen of Swords is the Queen of the Thrones of Air. Queen of Sylphs and Sylpides, attributed to the last Decan of Virgo and the first two Decans of Libra.
The severed head in her left hand reminds me of Kali Ma, the Hindu Goddess of Life and Death. Here the Queen of swords has the severed head of The Patriarch and the Sword of Geburah (and extension of Binah) in her right, pointing downward toward earth. To others of a squeamish nature, she is holding up the mask of the Patriarch, indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and definition supplied by cultural thoughts or as defined by Rulers. However, one doesn't need or use a sword to remove a mask.
Yetzirah, (The world of Air) is the world of deception and only keen perception, and observation becomes the Sword that slices away all fantasy, delusion illusion and unreality.
The Queen of Swords also has upon her solar-crowned head, a child's head viewing upward, implying that only the innocent child is unfettered by sterile concepts and useless ideas, for they haven't been programed to believe in a Ruler's definition of themselves. In Egyptian Tarot, this is Horus, and/or the Adam Khadmon of Qabalah.
The severed head, also implies that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence; one that sanctifies the "head of man" and bring us into the Understanding of the ways in which each of us are deceived by thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them. We are the inventor of "thoughts" not the thought itself.
Thoughts that are explained by words are the "Tricksters device", the "devil inside", that fools us into believing words are as true-consciousness identity, when all in all, pictures are the true thought form. Besides, Love is the consciousness of the Sanctifying Intelligence that has given our immortal Spirit a Soul, not fear based survival thinking. Immortals don't worry about survival. They love and created mortal being. Thus, “tough love”, can be the Sword in Her hand, which is the domain of Geburah that is called Severity. Another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective abilities.
As a root personality, any person born between September 12 to October 12, has a tendency to unconsciously act as the Queen of Swords; unconsciously because consciously we are a trained persona made by our culture and environment. This indoctrinated or faux personality is the one we must exorcise from our brain in order to be the bright, golden and warm persona born of the Generatrix.
The Tarot of The Ages-Queen of Swords, shows a Norse image of the Queen of Swords. Besides using a frozen mountain as her throne, she is also accompanied by owls. The Romans called the owl strix, the same word that meant witch (wise-woman). The Greeks said the owl was sacred to Athena, which was their own version of the Mesopotamian "Eye Goddess" (Eyes were often use to occultly imply "I" and/or the Identity Goddess/Mother of souls), whose staring eyes were seen throughout the Middle East.
The owl was also the totem of Lilith, Bodenwedd*, Anath, and other versions of the Triple Goddess of the Moon.
Blodeuwedd or Blodeuedd, is the wife of Lleu Llaw Gyffes in Welsh mythology. She was made from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet, and oak by the magicians Math and Gwydion, and is a central figure in Math fab Mathonwy, the last of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi.
The Tarot of The Ages, calls the Queen of Swords the "consecrated virgin", who knows the ambush art and/or a huntress. Which refers to Diana of Greek Mythology, who uses the feathers of white owls to fletch her arrows. The Mythology of the Goddess, Creatrix and/or Generatrix goes back to very ancient times. However, today we know her as our very own Image-maker/creator inheritance from the Universal Collective Unconscious/Divine Creative. We call this Mother of Forms, Imagination (meaning "imagemaking"), a creative power that can only be marveled at, but rarely understood. I just call her my Muse, for her wise guidance and counsel is gentle but complete as she is the anima (feminine-Spirit) of the Soul, that I Am.
When the Queen of Swords is thrown during a reading:
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
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