Wow, this response shook me a bit. I have so often identified myself with the Queen of Swords that I’ve assumed she always will be. However this reading makes me wonder. As I look at the Queen of Swords from the Bohemian Gothic I am reminded of an exercise we did at a past BATS (Bay Area Tarot Symposium). Ellen Lorenzi-Prince did a workshop focusing on fears and this Queen of Swords was my guardian who protected me from these inner (or maybe outer) demons. So needless to say, I was not thrilled by pulling this card in response to my query.
However after talking to some friends and pondering this matter further, I realized I will always be a Queen of Swords. The Queen of Swords and Queen of Wands are two energies with which I am most comfortable. In fact I revel in those energies. However what she may be trying to tell me is that as I move forward her energies will not be as prominent. That is true when one considers that in the last 4 years I’ve transitioned from being a manager in a non-profit organization to the caretaker of an ailing, elderly mother-in-law. She is quite useful in dealing with government contracts or employees but not so helpful when dealing with a frightened and scared dependant whose ability to understand what is happening is severely impaired.
The Wheel of Fortune reversed appearing alongside the Queen of Swords suggests that some major internal changes are exerting their influences in my life. Moving forward it may be that that Queen of Swords energies will become more subtle and less dominant as other energies, ones more beneficial and useful in this situation, begin to exert themselves. I’m not sure exactly where this will take me but it should be interesting.