Queen of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionHer right hand holds her weapon vertical, and the hilt rests on an arm of her throne. Her left hand is extended, the arm raised. Her expression is stern but humble; it suggests familiarity with sorrow. It does not represent mercy, and despite her sword, she is not a symbol of power.
Meaning of Queen of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Widowhood, female infertility, absence, sterility, mourning, deprivation, separation.
Malice, bigotry, conspiracies, prudishness, antagonism, deceit.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Papus's Divinatory Meanings
A dark wicked woman. A gossip. A calumniator. Jealous.
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
A bad woman, with ill-will towards the Querent.
Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings
Happiness throughout life in every way.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Widowhood, Loss, Privation, Absence, Separation
A Bad Woman, ill-tempered and bigoted, Riches and Discord, Abundance together with Worry, Joy with Grief.
P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings
Widow, a very dark woman
an intriguing, spiteful woman.
Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings
if you choose the number you dream of, you will win the highest prize; but you must venture but once, or fortune will forsake you forever.