Deviant Moon Tarot (U.S. Games, 2007).
A rather rotund Queen of Swords stands in a leafless garden, holding two swords. Blood drips from the tilted blade of one onto the earth beneath, while the other is held upright, and pristine. Echoing the drop of blood on her sword’s blade is a blue teardrop that rolls down from her mechanical eye. A small, somewhat grim-faced moon glares down at the Queen. Her costume is ornate: a red and gold crown and headdress, a matching red outer garment, and a brown skirt and grey blouse. The Queen of Swords also wears a diaphonous black veil that covers her eyes.
Here, then, there is the suggestion of pain and mourning, of suffering tempered by a willingness to still seek truth and look to the future. Blood has been shed, yet she isn't happy about it. Sometimes it is necessary to cut to the quick, but that makes it no less painful.
The main thing this card makes me think of is some phonecalls I need to make to bureaucrats. My mother always told me: when dealing with a bureacrat, be as clear as possible, and ask nicely for help. I'll need to cut through some red tape with that sword, but must also remember that it is another human at the end of the phone line.
I am grateful for the reminder to see the person behind the bureaucracy.