While the Etteilla tradition associates the Queen of Swords with widowhood, her portrait in the Tarot de Marseille can be interpreted as a pregnant woman. Fittingly, the mourning dove’s call features in the motherhood-centric songs “Anecdotes” and “Time, As a Symptom.” Mourning doves are native to warm climates, but they will stay through the winter to hold their territory. They are monogamous and form strong personal bonds, and are one of the few birds that feed their young “milk.”
The Queen’s positive qualities are dedication and vigilance. Her negative qualities are overprotectiveness and inflexibility.