Intelligence, independence, composure
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: ITALIA RUOTOLO
I was assigned the Queen of Swords, a wise woman, alone but perfectly self-sufficient. But symbolism of the sword never is only positive, the two blades can be used as for justice as to prevaricate on others, so the queen of swords has an ambiguous value. The same ambiguous value that Kali, Indian deity, possesses, beneficial and terrifying at the same time. Kali is the angry part of the goddess Shakti, the other part is Durga. She is her own master and has dominion on life and death.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
A fan of swords behind her, Kali stands ready to decimate. She merged with Durga at her most angry and nothing will stand in her way – she is wrath personified, but measured. Don’t let yourself be swayed by either heart, or head. Take the measure of both emotion and logic. Let your feelings make you aware, employ compassion and understanding in your dealings. But don’t let your thoughts be clouded. Use your razor sharp mind to analyze the situation carefully, cut to the heart of the issue, and then decide. Queen of Swords can be someone in your life who can quickly size up what is going on. Honest, but never cruel, they manage to deliver bad news with tact. But they won’t tolerate lies or manipulation!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: KALI/DURGA
There are many tales of Kali & Durga as roles of Shakti, and many of these centre on their association with the Hindu god Shiva. Kali is oft en seen in dark aspect, goddess of death & destruction, though originally, she was seen as an aspect of Agni, god of fire. Her link with Durga comes from a legend of Durga being attacked by two demons – Durga’s anger during this is so great that Kali merges with her & together they defeat the demons. Th e control over two aspects of her personality, one of passion and one of logic illustrates this card wonderfully.
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