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Generally, all Queens:

  • Protecting and Nurturing
  • Express the Water aspect of their suit, or element.
  • Correspond to the Threes.
  • Symbolize the inner/interpersonal master, or maintainer.
  • Serve as a nurturer or caregiver.
  • For additional info on the Guardians check out Tarot Elements’ post: Queens.

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Guardian-AirEven though this is a woman, I get the sense of a Buddhist priest in a mountaintop temple. There is a peacefulness about her. A sense of oneness with the universe. I suspect she spends a lot of time mediating. Her gaze is direct and I have the feeling she can see into my soul.

We definitely get the feeling of the Air element here in the colors, the owl, the sense of movement in the clouds, and even sound in the singing bowl. And we have the Water element with the snow.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

You see the heart of the matter.

  • Keywords: Strong Willed, Frankness, Independence, Observant, or Self-Disciplined.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of being critical or judgmental.

  • Keywords: Bitchy, Hypercritical, Vindictive, Hurtful, or Dismissive.


Perhaps a quest for inner understanding. Perhaps your MC is a spiritual role-model, an intellectual leader, a mentor? Or maybe a focus on strong female roles.

With this combination of Air and Water this is a fiercely loyal person, perhaps a tale of friendship? Or maybe explore the vaporous aspect of this combination with a foggy setting or a ghost story.

  • Guardian Themes: Understanding, Persuasion, Communication, Teaching, Nurturing, Emotional Awareness, Creativity, Intuition, or Leadership.

According to Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner the Queen of Swords historically represents a widow. Perhaps your tale centers around “a devastating emotional loss, including the loss of a lover or child.”


“I declare my own truth with candor and clarity.” ~ Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

MBTI: ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Guardians/Queens are E1: Perfectionist and/or Reformer

  • Self Image — I am right
  • Passion — Anger
  • Virtue — Serenity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Perfection
  • Avoids — Vexation
  • Speaking Style — Teaching or Moralizing

E1 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Academician, Conceptualizer, Writer, Negotiator, Editor, Physicist, Aesthetician, Economist, Scientist, and Department Store Buyer.
  • Recreation: Tennis, Dancing, Kripalu Yoga, Aerobics, Pilates, and Anything done with a partner or in a group.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide