Thoth-Queen of Swords
The Queen of The Thrones of Air; Queen of Sylphs and Sylphides.
The Trinity Godness of Qabalah is Binah, the Third Sephiroth, who 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 (it has been said the head she holds is the head of Chronos). 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. So once again the Sexing of the individual 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. This shows up on the Tarot birth wheel, where both Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11) and Stephen King (September 21) are both Queen of Thrones personalities.
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 consciousness and air is the element attributed to mind. Thus she is as Crowley stated in the Book of Thoth, "clear, conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator of Mind". Water of Air are clouds (shown on card) that promise life giving rain, or torrential hurricanes.
The Queen of Swords bears the zodiacal attributes of 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; indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and definition supplied by cultural thoughts or as defined by Rulers. She cleaves the masks of lies that hides our true identity of our Golden Child Soul (shown on top of her head).
Yetzirah, (The world of Air) is the world of deception and only keen perception, and observation are 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. This Golden Child is the original soul identity that all of us have.
The severed head, also implies that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence; one that removes the "head of programed/indoctrinated man" bring us into the Understanding of the ways in which each of us are deceived by thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them.
Thoughts began by words are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing survival thinking as true-consciousness, when all in all, words themselves are not truth. Love is the consciousness of the Sanctifying Intelligence that has given our immortal Spirit Form. 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 the 5th Sephiroth- Geburah that is called Severity. Another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective abilities. The Words of Man, are false identities, for they create nothing but indoctrinated and dogmatic concepts. You may think your identity is a "word" or sentence made of them; However, no word ever created a child. To be created you already had to be Known to the Divine Creative. Your identity is already defined as the "Sun/Son of God" and/or Solar Soul in the 6th Sephiroth known as Tiphareth-Beauty, long before you took up an avatar on earth. Kali Ma cuts away all that is not the original Beauty that you are. One could say that a mask of words is removed by the Original Mind that calls you I AM.
Gothic Tarot-Queen of Swords
The Gothic Tarot-Queen of Swords, is not depicted with a sword in hand, nor shown as a sanctifying intelligence. Rather, here she holds a single red rose that means "I love you"; However, there is one petal falling off of the Rose, symbolizing the beginning of sorrow; Love and sorrow seems to be attributed to this Queen of Swords. The darkest red rose (seen as black roses))symbolize death. Therefore, the sorrow could be seen as Love ends in loss . For what we love dies as all things must. Hence, Wisdom that is generated by sorrow.
When the Queen of Swords is thrown during a reading:
- The querent desires to discard, pretense, masks, roles or defenses that hide their true self.
- Wishes to develop or is developing intellectual thinking.
- Is undergoing a sense of resolution and commitment.
- Is experiencing intellectual maturity and is experiencing well-tuned mental facilities.
- Sharp of wit.
- Experiencing the Wisdom generated by sorrow.
- Finding Wisdom through the acceptance of Pain with courage, and honesty.
- Strong willed and determined this woman will can bear whatever life presents her with.
- Deep comprehension of frightening truths, able to think the unthinkable and giving expression to the unspeakable.
- Seductive and provocative.
- The professional, who can handle situations capably, quickly and efficiently.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Calculating coldness.
- insuperable distance.
- The ice cold woman.
- The phony.
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