Intuitive Self Care with Tarot: The Queen of Swords
This Queen is about clear thinking and intellect. She knows exactly how to get what she wants and what to do to get it. She is the most obvious leader of all the queens. People look to her because of her no nonsense approach. She has seen it all and calmly can address any situation. She is well practiced in maintaining composure no matter what. She is ruthlessly independent and almost brutally honest. She is pretty much the opposite of the Queen of Cups. When it comes to self-care, this queen is the one that gets us off of our coach, out of our pity party and on with the task at hand. Her way of caring is about getting the mindset up to par with what needs to be done.
The Queen of Swords intuits through her mind. Her intuition speaks to her through her logic and through her calm mind. She realizes that she can pretty much achieve anything she wants with the right mindset. Therefore she is very careful with the words she says to herself and her thoughts. She is also very careful before acting, but she is definitely not one to drown in overthinking either. She appears stern looking directly at the task at hand. Like the bird above her, she lets nonsense thinking fly away, including any doubts that she can do what she sets out to do. The sword remains ready to act and to slice through any obstacles. Notice what could be meditation beads on her wrist. You can bet she is a practiced meditator. The clouds on her robe and in the background can signify her ability to think her way through any mess.
Keywords: Communication, Authenticity, Expression
Location in the Body: Throat
Mantra: HUM (To be said out loud to open up this Chakra)
Crystals to use: Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Blue Lace Agate Smells: Nag Champa, Thyme, Geranium, Coriander
Flowers and Herbs: Sage, Rosemary, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm
THROAT CHAKRA I associate the Throat Chakra with the Queen of Swords because the Throat Chakra is the source of authenticity, truth and communication. The Queen of Swords is authentic in her words and her actions. The Throat Chakra is how we communicate our beliefs. It showcases the integration of our mind and body. The Throat Chakra allows us to speak our truth and if it is balanced, without too much fear. The Throat Chakra relies on the integration of the rest of our chakras. This is why this Chakra is often out of alignment.
We can either be too closed or too open. When we are too closed, we fear speaking our truth and do not live authentically in the world. When we are too open, we are not careful with our speech, only reacting and not checking in and noticing what we really want to say. In both cases it is a matter of mindset. The Queen of Swords knows when to speak and what to say. She doesn’t fear, nor does she speak without care. Everything she says and expresses is based on lots of inner work. Self care and self love work become evident in our expression.
Flowers and Herbs: Mugwort, Valerian, Poppy Seed, Rosemary
Foods: Red Cabbage, Berries, Grapes, Chocolate, Red Wine, Caffeine
I associate the Third Eye with the Queen of Swords because the Third Eye Chakra is about clear vision and clear mind. The Third Eye unites the left and right brain, the masculine and the feminine, the good and the bad. While the Queen of Swords is solid in her truth, she sees the middle, all truths. All truths are true as long as they are rooted in integrity. The Third Eye integrates. The Third Eye shows us our right, our wrong, our morals, our ethics, our search for justice. The Queen of Swords understands a lot about the world and a lot about herself by being silent and becoming an observer. She even becomes observer of her own thoughts. She examines them without personal emotional attachment. She meditates them. Simple silent meditation is the best way to engage with the Third Eye. Becoming an observer of our thoughts liberates us from limitations and teaches us truth upon truth. The Third Eye is the guide we constantly seek, but lives right there within us.
According to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory after all other needs are met, one can reach fulfillment. While I think that self-care is pretty circular versus non-linear, it would make sense that this is an ideal place to aim for. Being self-actualized is doing everything you are capable of in the best way you can in the current moment. It’s being content with where you are growth wise and it’s knowing you are doing your best. Hopefully we have all felt that at least once. Hopefully we feel this way often. We all have bad days where we need to focus on our body and do something as simple as rest. On those days, your self-actualization may look a little different then on days when you are kicking and slaying goals. They are both more than ok. Self-Actualization is not a one stop destination. Rather I see it as being at home in your body, mind, spirit. It’s knowing what you need that day and it’s knowing what you are capable of giving that day. All selfcare is on a continuum and relies on us truly checking in and knowing ourselves. SelfActualization is intuitive self-care actualized. It’s doing our best today and then again tomorrow.