The Card of the Day: The Queen of Swords (Reversed)
"Watch your words."
The Queen of Swords symbolizes bringing order to chaos through discipline and boundaries. She is also an archetype that does not apologize for her right to have a "place at the table." The Queen of Swords stands up to bullies and societal pressures. She questions the legitimacy of structures and rules that do not make logical sense. She keeps an eagle eye on maintaining her strength, integrity, and personal authority at all times.
Are you uncomfortable with setting up boundaries with others because you might look "mean?" Is your career or life path in harmony with your authentic self? Is it difficult for you to stand up to the pressures of what others think you should be or do?
The Queen of Swords gets a lot of bad press. This is because she is not a docile, submissive, objectified woman. She is too powerful to be minimized by mindless societal roles and conventions. She uses her sword to cut through the "BS" of others' assumptions about how she should act, and what she should be. She knows that if she bows down to the demands of what others want her to be, she is selling herself out. She keeps boundaries in place because this is how people and organizations become healthy and grow. She is a master of transforming the energy from victimhood to personal power (look at her butterfly crown). She commands respect because she respects herself first.
Even in this day and age, our society still has a problem with seeing women in strong leadership roles. Early on we are taught that women should be "likable" and "selfless," rather than strong, powerful, and ambitious (look at our last election). Women who embody the energy of the Queen of Swords are sometimes ostracized, despised, and ridiculed for no other reason than: "I just think she's a B#%*@." However, some of the best rulers history ever produced were strong women like Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt, Queen Elizabeth I of England, and Empress Catherine the Great of Russia.
Today embrace your personal authority, strength, and power. To achieve this you may need to be more self-disciplined or create some much needed boundaries. It's important to speak up to solve present issues and problems. You are strong and capable. Banish any "victim thinking."
Do not apologize for your strength, power, or authentic self. Own it.
When the Queen of Swords appears reversed she warns that you need to be carfeul about how you are communicating with others. Boundaries and self respect are important, but equally important is respecting the feelings of those around you. The Queen of Swords reversed can indicate a “sharp tongue,” and warns against speaking harshly and without tact.
Your words are very powerful. They have the power to lift others up, or cut them to shreds. Today, use your voice to speak up for yourself, but with respectfulness. Allow others to leave the table with their dignity in tact. Creating boundaries for yourself does not give you the right to violate the boundaries of respect every human being deserves. Speak with your best voice today. Use it to build others up, create healthy boundaries, and to bring clarity to miscommunications. Avoid using your voice as a weapon to inject toxicity into loving relationships. Forgive and let live. Be your best voice.