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Ace of Swords

A description and interpretation of the role of The Ace of Swords in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • determination
    moral justice

  • blockage


General overview

Although often sidelined by cartomancy adepts, aces play an important role in the world of cartomancy, in that they are the purest manifestation of their suit. The Ace of Swords is not, of course, an exception to the rule.

Seldom analyzed, the card's symbolism is, nevertheless, very rich. Unsurprisingly, the card features a long sword, held vertically in a hand of which we can see the back. In the world of the Tarot, this weapon is always associated with the element of air, and consequently with the sphere of the intellect, thought and words. With this suit the main interest is the seeker's capacity for reflection!

Note that the base of the sword's blade is much wider than its tip. This indicates that at the beginning ideas abound. By force of reflection they will be reduced little by little. Only then will they finally be able to guide you and direct your action. The triumph of thought is symbolized on the card by the golden crown overhanging the tip of the sword. Surrounded by a branch of mistletoe and a palm branch, symbols of infinity and eternity, it is also capped with five small blue and red flowers. These refer, of course, to human beings’ 5 senses, and their colors suggest a perfect harmony between thought and action.

Happiness is the state of mind that comes from fulfilling your values.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    For the seeker, the Ace of Swords isn’t usually associated with the world of emotions. The unparalleled enthusiasm and the force of action that the arcana vehicles can, however, favor the emergence of an intense sensuality, which will be more about passion than about a long lasting love. It goes without saying that this weapon is a universally recognized phallic symbol. So, the pleasures of the flesh are not far away.

  • from a career viewpoint

    On the other hand, the characteristics of the Ace of Swords are very appropriate for the professional field. The card will encourage the seeker to set themselves in motion and achieve their desires. They will be able to count on an uncommon determination and sense of moral justice. They won't hesitate to bare their fangs in order to push their point of view and achieve their ends. In this quest for success, they will need to learn to control their energy well as it will sometimes tend to turn to aggression.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    As part of a life path analysis, the Ace of Swords teaches the importance of reflection and moral justice. Your thoughts are powerful weapons that allow you to define the goals you want to achieve and the values that are important to you. They are the guides that encourage you to set out to defend the causes that you value. However, you also need to learn not to be glued to your positions and to take into account the opinions of others.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Ace of Swords will give you renewed energy and incredible enthusiasm. This trigger is the result of you deciding to be open with yourself and question your situation. Your ability to think will allow you to define your life goals with precision. Your determination will guarantee your future success.

    • long-term

      In the long run, the Ace of Swords reminds you of the importance of action and getting going. Thinking is a great accomplishment for anyone who wants to be closer to themselves and act according to values that make sense to them. Always bear in mind, however, that your certainties are yours alone and that your well-being inevitably involves also accepting other people’s certainties.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Ace of Swords upright

    When drawn upright in a divinatory tarot reading, the Ace of Swords is a particularly powerful arcana. It will blow fresh air into the seeker's life, allowing them to question their certainties and profoundly influence their destiny.

    This minor card is often associated with a moment of grace, a period of extreme lucidity, the apogee of clear reasoning that will favor decision-making. With this card, the fog that once prevented you from advancing gradually dissipates. Your vision of the world becomes clearer, your personal goals are clarified. Now is the time to get to the heart of your problems and unravel your most complex psychological knots. This is why the Ace of Swords is usually regarded as the triumph of thought over inertia.

    After going through internal conflicts of sometimes remarkable violence, you will need to use the extraordinary energy this card brings wisely. This is especially true as the energy is likely to be felt in all areas of the seeker's life. So, it will encourage professional success by making them aware of their intrinsic strengths and the virtues of determination. It will give the seeker wings to reform their daily life. It will allow them to be completely committed to long neglected activities that are essential to their well-being.

    Interpretation of The Ace of Swords reversed

    If the Ace of Swords appears upside down, caution is required. The overflowing energy associated with the arcana is a valuable asset for anyone wishing to evolve on their life path. It may, however, be particularly harmful when it is poorly controlled. The seeker's determination to succeed will turn into an obsessional quest and when they begin to move it will frequently be tinged with aggression. Obsessed by the pursuit of their objectives, they will find it next to impossible to consider the needs of those around them and will gradually become cut off from other people. Not surprisingly, the quality of their social life will be greatly diminished.

    In some cases, the inverted Ace of Swords translates the seeker's inability to understand themselves. They can't work out their life goals and a certain form of stagnation appears. To evolve, they will have to try to untie these knots and agree to confront their buried fears.