The Running Press Tarot- Queen of Swords, sticks to the more mundane meanings of Traditional Tarot and shows the Queen of Swords as a monarch with her sword and royal falcon. Her royal purple regalia is decorated in Spades, which are the playing card suit that is known as swords. The yellow corners of this fanciful card, are indications of this card's suit of Air. In ancient myth and practice, the Falcon was another one of the funerary birds, that was released at burial services, symbolizing the flying away of the soul. The Falcon's Greek name was kirkos, was the same as the death goddess Circe, whose island was a funerary shrine. Since, the Sword suit is known as the death suit, the Queen of Swords is a kind of "death goddess".
The Queen of Swords, is another aspect of the Great Mother- Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, 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. 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 10 Sephira proves to be insubstantial for complete understanding. It helps to remember that each Sephira 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. She 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. Water is the element attributed to consciousness and emotion 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 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 (a form of Binah's corrective force) 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 programed thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them as her Golden Children.
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, they are now the Original Soul/Psyche, untainted by the tricksters of this world.
Thoughts began by words, which are mere definitions controlled by rulers. Hence they are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing survival thinking which is based on fear of death, as true-consciousness, when all in all, Love is the consciousness of the Sanctifying Intelligence that has given our immortal Spirit Form. Love is the Greatest Understanding, and one does not fear what one understands. Besides, Immortals don't worry about survival. They love and created mortal being as a self-identity to gather information/i.e., measurement. For infinity has no measure. Thus, “tough love”, can be the Sword in Her hand, which is the domain of Geburah that is called Severity which is another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective abilities. For to correct your children when they begin acts of self destruction, is indeed what a Mother does.
As an archetype personality she is usually a mature woman, with brown eyes. She is graceful and intensely perceptive. A keen observer, subtle, quick, confident and often perseveringly accurate in superficial things. She will be fond of dancing and balancing.
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 dignified by the surrounding cards: Cruel, sly, deceitful, unreliable, though with a good exterior.
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