The Night Sun Tarot- Queen of Swords, a dark Queen, dressed in a Raven Motif, with her back turned to the viewer. In her hand is a sword and beside her on the floor is a heart in a cage. Her throne is a winged arm chair and above in the background is window with the Alchemical symbol for air pointing upward from the window frame. The Raven is a symbol for the harbinger of death.
The Dark Raven dress of the Night Sun Queen, represents the Kali Ma aspect of death of a personality and/or illusion as the mask is removed to reveal the Real Person of the Soul. Also Vendetta, can be symbolized here. The Heart in a cage, represents the soul bound in illusions of self. A heart caged by illusions of the self-absorbed. The wings also represent the element of Air.
The Crown of Thorns, is a running commentary on the fact that Self-Sacrifice is always required to attain the mental heights of the Higher Self. The personality must be sacrificed to this Queen, who will cut away from the soul, all that is not worthy of it's Golden Child position as the Child of the Creatrix.
To reiterate, Binah, the Seat of the Queen's power, that is the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, 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/Saturn 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 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 Thoth and Night Sun Queen of Swords are 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".The Queen of Swordsis known in Western Magic as 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; indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and definition supplied by cultural thoughts or as defined by Rulers. Here we are shown that ,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.
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 indoctrinated thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them.
In the Human brain, thoughts are trained to begin as words, which are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing that man-made definitions of survival thinking as true-consciousness, when all in all, Love is the foundation of consciousness that is the Sanctifying Intelligence which has given our immortal Spirit Form. Immortals don't worry about survival. They love and created mortal being as examples of Self-Awareness. For all information assembles into form. 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.
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.
- As an Archetypal personality core: The Queen of Swords represents a graceful woman of gray hair and light brown eyes. Who is intensely perceptive. Keen of observation, subtle, quick, confident. Perseveringly accurate in superficial things. Graceful and fond of dancing.
- If ill dignified:
- Cruel, sly, deceitful, unreliable, though with a good exterior.
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