– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
I love this quote – a succinct way of explaining the power of swords, of air. Swords represent knowledge and wisdom, truth and justice. As we go through life, we gather scars. We are hurt by people, by this world. We become more cynical, more aware of human selfishness. And we can use this wisdom to ‘chop’, as Anne Lamott says – to hurt or to destroy, to carve things up into black and white, right and wrong.
But there is a gentler way to use the sword – just as the Queen of Swords does. Tarot’s swords are also about communication. About passing on knowledge, about explaining things clearly and being understood. The Queen of Swords brings a lifetime of lessons learned, and though there is an air of sadness around her, she is not bitter. She gathers strength from what she has seen and learned, and she passes this on to others.