42. La Reine d’Epee

The Queen of Swords from Tarocchino Arlecchino

About the Card

English Name(s)

The Queen of Swords


  • Grand Etteilla: Card Number 51
  • Petit Etteilla: Queen of Spades

Image Description

The Queen of Swords sits with a wide-legged stance, her hands on her thighs. She looks to the left side of the card, toward the sword that she holds in her right hand. Its blade is blue with a red vine motif. She wears a gold crown with tall points and a black mask with red and green swirls that matches her slippers. Her epaulets are shaped like coiled golden serpents and she wears a black breastplate with gold spirals. Her abdomen is covered with red, blue, and green scales and her skirt is patterned with diamonds in the same colors.



Widowhood, widow, privation, withdrawal, absence, scarcity, poverty, indigence, infertility, sterility.


Mean woman, malignity, malice, deception, subtlety, artifice, mischief, bigotry, prudery, hypocrisy.