The Llewellyn Welsh Tarot is my choice of decks for today, and the cards I threw are the Queen of Swords and The Emperor reversed. Okay, then.
The Queen of Swords (cusp of Virgo, “I serve,” practical, sensible, work and service oriented, and Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, grace) can be considered a Minor Arcana representation of the Justice card, which is about responsibility and the relationship between “cause” and “effect.” The main difference is that while Justice is about the law, the Queen of Swords is about the intent behind the law. She is Water of Air, and her feelings support her intellect and the workings of her mind.
The Llewellyn Welsh Queen of Swords is a regal-looking woman seated on her throne in profile, holding a sword with the point upward in her right hand, with her left hand extended forward as if pronouncing judgment on someone standing out of frame to the right. An eagle soars overhead, and there are eagles on the arm rests of her throne. She is confident, intelligent, independent and determined. She is certainly calm, cool and collected, and while she might be a bit too callous with the feelings of others, she won’t be held down by expectations.
The Emperor corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Aries (“I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive) and the Hebrew letter Heh (window, illumination), represents confidence, authority, and the archetype of the Father. The Emperor instills balance, form and structure onto the fertility and creations of The Empress, an important task. The Emperor says that the best way to make the day have a happy ending is to follow the rules, get things done on time, and encourage others to do the same, and he does his best to guide and protect others so they may do so. He is an effective leader, even if he is a bit lonely at times.
The Emperor card for this deck sits casually on his throne, draped in royal red and holding a scepter, symbol of authority and male potency. He is partially in armor and a shield rests against the side of his throne, indicating that he is ready to protect those who look to him for sustenance, or even take a pre-emptive strike if necessary.
Well, we have the Queen of Swords, who is good at being confident and objective, and we have a reversed Emperor, possibly hinting at job or legal issues, irresponsibility or ineptitude, or a bad-tempered father figure. My Queen tells me that I need to keep in mind the intent behind any requirements today, and do my best to manifest that intent, even if the response is not quite what I expected. Things don’t need to be exactly fair, and in the end if I do what I am supposed to do to the best of my ability, and maybe keep my sense of humor intact, I will finish the day confident and in good spirits.