The Erotic Tarot-Queen of Air, shows a flirting, if not provocative, maybe even "cheeky", dark skinned lady dancing. Kali Ma, the Hindu Queen of Swords, is often shown dark skinned but she is shown with sword in one hand and severed head in the other. This lady, is seductive and graceful in her Latin dance but also a "head hunter" in her own right.
The image fits the meanings that Milo Manara gave to this card; which are :
The astrological meanings of this card are given to Libra. This implies, gracefulness, pleasure and rectitude.
To reiterate, Binah, the Third Sephiroth and ruling intellect of the Queens, 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. So once again the Sexing of the Sephiroth 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 Thoth 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 emotional-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".
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, and/mask 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 or the mask of cultural identity 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.
The severed head, also implies that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence; one that removes the "head of 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, as our Greater Self is the God-Mind.
Words are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing survival thinking as true-consciousness, when all in all, survival thinking is a product of the biology and the brain. 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 as self-expression and/or I AM Me. Therefore, “tough love”, can be the sword in her hand, which is the domain of Geburah, the fifth Sephiroth that is called Severity. Another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective abilities.
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. Thoughts, made of words, are man-made, and not in anyway can a word define who you are. Only image is truth. You and everyone around you, are images of the Great Spirit, who must define itself as information. In-Form-Ation. For all data must be understood, to become information and that Understanding belongs to the Great Mother Binah the 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.
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. Hence, those born under the influence of this Archetypal personality, from Sept. 12-Oct. 2, are personalities that tend to have little time to "suffer fools".
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:
- Calculating coolness.
- The ice cold woman.
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