Ideas: Fun, leniency, passableness
Traits: Clumsy, gentle, graceless, leisurely, playful, tactless, tolerant, witty
Emotions: Cheerfulness, contentment, enjoyment, joviality, pleasure, satisfaction, tenderness
Ideas: Aptitude, diplomacy, grace
Traits: Articulate, charismatic, charming, considerate, mature, skillful, tasteful
Emotions: Eagerness, enthusiasm, gladness, optimism
Ideas: Barbed tongue, mockery, strait-lacedness
Traits: Critical, disrespectful, insensitive, prim, rigid, sadistic, sarcastic, thoughtless
Emotions: Annoyance, envy, frustration, irritation, jealousy, pride
Your insights, opinions, and attitudes influence others more than you know. Express your thoughts with care, making sure you phrase your observations in ways that encourage growth. If you need encouragement, encourage others to give it.
You can’t change other people, but you can provide gentle prompts designed to help them be the best they can be. Know the difference in supporting and nagging. Know, too, that requested advice is always prized more highly than unsolicited observations. Until you’re invited to speak, hold your tongue.
Harsh criticism crushes morale, but finely tuned words of praise can enhance performance and elicit remarkable productivity. Identify what must be changed, but express that change in terms of growth and benefit. Instead of problems, see challenges. Instead of deficits, see opportunities.
Practice the delivery of praise. When you receive blessings, voice your thanks. When others work for you, show your bright spirit by acknowledging their contributions. Whatever the situation, strive to be the soul of encouragement.
The Winged Throne
The Queen of Swords is frequently drawn ruling from a throne decorated with butterflies, birds, or other winged creatures, reinforcing the airiness of her suit. How does the element of air—matters of communication and intellect—play a role in your situation?
The Posture of Pronouncement
The Queen of Swords often appears to be on the verge of making an important statement or rendering an important verdict. In your own situation, what needs to be said? Who needs to say it? What is the obstacle blocking this critical communication?
From Discord to Harmony
What skill or aptitude, employed now, might transform the discord you’re experiencing today into pure harmony?
The Marseilles Image
The Marseilles Queen is focused on the Sword in her right hand—the hand of linear logic. How might the advice of a cooler, more objective advisor help you now? Where might you find such an advisor? How might you elicit his or her assistance?