Ace of Swords Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Swords

The Tarot Suit of Swords is associated with the suit of Spades in standard playing cards - both have sharp edges. Although many tarot decks use the term swords to refer to this suit, it also has other names (that is, for the equivalent suit in other decks), which include daggers, blades or knives.

There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads.

The suit of swords is associated with the element of air. It is also associated with the season of spring and the direction East. The suit of swords concerns academic or philosophical thought, intellectual pursuits, truth, and clarity.

As with all 'Aces', the Ace of Swords signifies, a fresh start, new beginning, fresh opportunity, and positive creative force. Aces in general herald new beginnings and opportunities.

The Ace of Swords is concerned with the search for truth, ethics, clarity, and intellectual satisfaction. The theme of this card is the power of the intellect, which requires balance and restraint in order to be used to the best and most fulfilling effect.

The Ace of Swords tarot card can bring many messages concerned with the theme of new starts and knowledge or intellect.

For example, the ideas of freedom of thought combined with fertility and growth of the mind are illustrated symbolically by the Robin Wood Ace of Swords. Another example is the ace of swords in the context of 'time' suggesting the start of the academic year, i.e. a new beginning for intellectual pursuits.


Keywords for the possible meanings of the Ace of Swords Tarot Card include:

  • Attainment of ambitions
  • Birth of influential person
  • Champion, hero or leader (either the querent or the subject of the reading)
  • Intellectual excellence
  • Truth

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What about the Ace of Swords Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the Ace of Swords reversed include:

  • Use of excessive force
  • Sarcasm and other unkind 'cutting' use of words and intellectual abilities
  • Risk of unwisely cutting oneself off from some of life's advantages or blessings

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