Check yourself, bitch. I hate to see my favorite Queen have a bad day, but even the sharp-witted, no-bullshit Queen of Air (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) is human.
This critical Queen, wife of the most respected King in the Tarot, is a mature, beautiful woman whose mind is as sharp as the double-edged sword she holds upright in her left hand. Her tongue is as well, and she is renowned for her sharp – but always ‘on point’ – remarks, judgements and opinions – and sense of humor.
I noticed this card in a spread yesterday and that I hadn’t drawn it in a while, and a couple of things jumped out. One, her spiked crown, which is some kind of thorny, round, protective helmet. She is protective of her sharp mind, and ready to defend her position. She is in a massive, lush garden of roses in full bloom, and a large red bloom is at her heart, in full bloom open wide to show a jewel in the center (Morgan-Greer). She does not openly show emotion like the more feminine Queen of Cups, she has an almost masculine edge. She saves it for the King, the only one she can trust.
Roses of course mean love, so she is definitely not as ‘heartless’ as some people may see her to be. Roses also symbolize secrets, tightly held in the center of the bud. This Queen doesn’t like secrets, she’ll cut to the truth of the matter, and it’s as if all those roses are opening up voluntarily, giving it up to her. May as well, she probably already knows.
Reversed: a malicious, gossipy old bitch. This card is known as ‘The Widow’s Card’ and reversed, this Queen becomes a bitter and lonely woman. Her sword isn’t so sharp anymore. Rather than astute and amusing observations, today she is humorless and mean-spirited, using her sharp tongue to spit hurtful, cutting remarks for sport.
This can sadly mean an older woman in decline losing faculties, and must be forgiven for out-of-context, sometimes shocking and/or embarrassing remarks.
Maybe it’s just that the King is off again seizing territory or whatever it is he does. She’s always like this when he’s away.