Inverted Queen of Swords


Inverted Queen of SwordsThis could be a woman who is hiding her intellect, power, or anger. She allows the world to see her feminine, floral side while she seethes within. She might be your enemy, but she was probably her own enemy first. She is a woman, over 35, with a great deal of air (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) in her chart. This could be a man in touch with his feminine self.

Somewhere in her past she was hurt, frustrated, or denied something that was promised to her. This woman has also learned to exert her power covertly, manipulating rather than asking for what she wants. She might be going through an ugly divorce, have just lost someone to death, or was the victim of violence. She is acting like a trapped animal, or she might have checked out emotionally.

If you are the inverted Queen of Swords, you need to get in touch with your power. It might be wise for you to find someone you can trust to help you through this time. It is important for you to understand you have control and choices. You do not need to hurt others in a preemptive strike. If the inverted Queen of Swords is in your community, treat her with respect, but don’t trust that what she says is what she means. It might be wise to give this woman some space.


The Queen of Swords only interacts with the Lovers if it follows that card.

Major Arcana

Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.

The Suit — Swords

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

Rank — Queen

Traditionally, queens represent women over the age of 35. Energetically, the queens represent a wise and nurturing ally or formidable enemy. Queens may indicate a period of inner growth.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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