Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Season of autumn: September, October, November.
Keywords and Phrases:
Victory over adversity.
Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
The Ace of Swords offers the ability to cut through confusion with clarity of thought and strength of purpose. It reminds me of a magic sword given to the hero of a mythical story that provides a powerful force, so no matter what the situation they come through in the end. The Ace of Swords is like an ace up your sleeve and provides a hidden advantage, if you use it wisely and to your best ability.
Many people worry about seeing Sword cards in their reading and, although it is the suit of challenges, there’s two sides to every coin in all the suits, and so it is with Swords. If the reading is dominated by Swords it can show that the person is surrounded by, or heading into, challenging times, but there are savings graces within these cards too, and the Ace of Swords is one of them.
This card informs you that you probably have more power at your disposal than you realise, gather your inner resources, think clearly, act with singleness of purpose, and you can overcome any difficulties on your path. If life serves you lemons you can make lemonade with this card!
If reversed, or ill-dignifed, it may give a sense of the sword of Damocles hanging over you, clouded thinking, aggression, failure, self-defeat..
Similar or supporting cards: The Chariot (triumph over obstacles) many others reinforce varying aspects, such as, The Emperor (taking control) Strength (fortitude and courage) The Hermit (wisdom) Justice (logical and just thinking) The World (success) Seven of Wands (conviction).
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Moon (clouded thinking) Two of Swords (indecision) Eight of Swords (fear paralysis) Ten of Swords (disappointing end).
Ace of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
Due to the nature of the meaning, this is one of those cards that you love to see in the final position if the seeker is going through a tough time. Look to the preceding cards to see what is being overcome; for example…
Five of Pentacles > Ace of Swords: overcoming a financial problem.
Five of Wands > Ace of Swords: winning over the competition or opposition.
Five of Swords > Ace of Swords: defeating underhandedness, triumph over troublemakers or someone trying to discredit you.
Two of Swords > Ace of Swords: cutting through confusion and grasping the nettle to break the deadlock.
Justice > Ace of Swords: legal ruling in your favour.
The Lovers > Ace of Swords: perhaps love conquers all, but keep a clear head.
> The Tower: consider actions carefully, unexpected consequences, “out of the frying pan into the fire.”
Multiple Aces indicate lots of new beginnings.
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