Anna K Tarot (Llewellyn, 2013).
This time, we have the Queen of Swords, in a cold and icy landscape. She wears a dress of grey (it looks less blue in the actual card), with a coat that is blood red and trimmed in white ermine. The Queen's jewellry is steel grey with white highlights, other than the crown, which has a red cap. She clasps a sword's hilt in her right hand, with her left gripping the blade in a fashion that suggests she might slice the palm of her own hand. The hill behind her is covered in snow, as are the trees in the background, and the sky is slate grey. At a more personal level, the Queen gazes out at us in a direct and yet somehow compassionate manner.
Though some people don't seem to like the Sword's Courts, I generally do, and this Queen of Swords is no exception. The way she holds her sword suggests to me that she is willing to face the pain of the truth, even if it cuts her. She has been hurt before, and understands it, even accepts it. She'd rather take the pain herself than see it visited on others. And if they should happen to suffer, she will listen with kindness. She won't let herself take on all of the other person's pain, but she will help in as much as a listening ear and an honest forthrightness can.
In this card, I see the recommendation to hold fast to what I know to be true today.
I am grateful for a little objectivity.