Queen of Swords - Secret Tarot
The Queen of Swords, or any court card can signify a person with these traits, you should keep that in mind, however, it also reminds you of these traits in yourself. The Queen of Swords reminds you to keep your mind sharp. She reminds you that your first instinct is almost always the right one. She reminds you to be discerning without being too harsh and judgmental. She reminds you to be independent without being cold.
If there's something you need to make a decision about, go with your gut. Don't let emotions sway you. If there is someone you feel you can't trust, or you suspect isn't your friend, listen to that. Stick to what you know. Consider logic and fact first. The same advice follows if you are dealing with a person like this. Don't try to appeal to a logical person with an emotional argument. Take a step back and approach the conversation as clearly and concisely as possible.
There are a few things in this particular card I think are really interesting. The queen is completely relaxed and unaffected by her surroundings. Her eyes are closed so that she is not distracted, and can focus on her thoughts. In this version of the Queen of Swords she is also not wearing her crown. The symbol is above her throne. and she is standing. to me this says she does not need the throne or the crown to know that her decisions are sovereign. She doesn't need her ego reinforced. Flattery and glitter are not going to work on her. She knows who she is. The figures carved into the throne or interesting to me too. They are naked and sensual, but not overtly sexual. Their eyes are also closed and they have postures of submission. Again, I lament that Nizzoli did not do a companion book to give us all the little tidbits about the symbolism.