The Queen of Swords – Mary J. Blige

“Now you’re looking at a leader/ Now you’re staring at a queen/ You said I’ll never be someone/ But now I’m pulling all the strings.”

-Mary J. Blige, Doubt

The Queen of Swords has seen it all. She has taken on every obstacle and overcome every challenge to get to where she is. She is known for her wisdom and her clarity of vision. On the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith card, she sits on a throne adorned with butterflies, which symbolize the transformative power of her journey to where she is now.

Mary J. Blige, known as “the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, came to her R&B/Hip Hop scene in the 1990s, reinforcing the link between the two musical genres by combining her incredible vocals with rappers like Method Man and Ghostface Killah (helping to establish a collaborative practice that is now widely practiced.)