The Queen sits on her throne quietly and without drama holds her hand up signalling, “Bring it to me.” Her decision has been made and this is the moment, the right moment, to dispatch it.
A.E. Waite, who originally commissioned the art for this deck and wrote the book on it was not comfortable with this card. A product of his 20th century Victorian era society, this woman so undoubtedly strong and unflappable, frightened him. Well, she frightens me too. Then, like the warrior queen of the card, I gird myself internally against the terrible, necessary thing that only I can do… and do it.
Swords, being the suit of Air, represent knowledge, information and thought in general. It is the world of the mind that discovers truth, and makes decisions. This Queen is skilled with her blade and very respectful of the razor sharp double-edge on this warrior’s weapon. Waite could only understand her as a widow, or divorced woman. I see in her the strength and understanding of the Goddesses Artemis, Eris, Maeve and Athena.
Among mortals, she is Bouddica, the 4th century Celtic queen who lead her people against the injustices of Roman occupation. She is also Mom, waiting with a pair of tweezers and a sterilized needle to remove that nasty splinter. In any event, she is the woman with discernment and skills for the moment and, now that the thing has been brought to her very throne, it would be best not to get in her way.
Notice: she did not go looking for this. It was brought to her. Her composure is noticeable, as if it were a mask she is not happy to wear. Happiness is not appropriate here and neither are tears. Although her decisive stroke may well bring relief to the situation, it will also bring pain. This has been considered.
I am reminded of King Solomon’s legendary bluff, calling to divide the child that two women argued over. In this story, the true mother was faced with an immediate and irrevocable decision and made the hardest call of her life. Her heart breaking, she begged the king to allow the child to live and give it to the other woman.
It was by this that Solomon knew who was the child’s true mother and allowed the child to live in her selfless embrace.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.