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The Ace of Swords is a powerful card: abrupt, dominant, fearless, yet dispassionate.

The Ace of Wands is passionate; the Ace of Swords is unemotional. It relies on perceived facts (logic) versus actual facts (Ace of Coins or Ace of Pentacles) to make its argument.

The Ace of Swords is all about dominance or defeat, as an event, an attitude, a mindet, or physical action. it is short-sighted and myopically focused on immediate results.

Ace of Swords Description

The Ace of Swords depicts the “hand of God” appears from a cloud, grasping a short, stout sword upright encircled at its tip by a gold crown of rulership draped with a frond of palm and a branch of olive.

The lands below are desolate and barren, with harsh, jagged edges slicing angrily into the tepid sky. Six blazing yods of fire dance above the guard of the sword indicating righteous valor.

The Ace of Swords card inherits its cardinality from being an Ace, or the first of the suit, and the suit of Swords is representative of violence, deception, victory and defeat, change, and conversely: the element of Air

Ace of Swords Prime Elements

  • Number: Ace (or One). “No other . . .” Fanaticism, tyranny, authority by force. Odd
  • Suit: Swords. Violence, decisiveness, dominance, force of will, courage
  • Direction: West. Leadership, a rallying point, justice, balance, purity. Sunset
  • Element: Air. Change, unpredictability, swiftness, sharp intellect, acerbic wit

Ace of Swords Traditional Meaning

The Ace of Swords card predicts victory against any obstacle and dominance over all adversaries through aggression. It’s hard to imagine any Tarot card being more phallic, or more metaphysically worshipful of the male anatomy. God himself decrees virility über alles here.

The Ace of Swords card indicates the rise of a new order, a new power, or leader, usually by force, or force of will. It also foretells the onset of conquest, challenges issued, macho displays of testosterone, and righteousness.

The Ace of Swords card further reveals a lack of fear that is downright religious in its zeal. This is a very powerful card to have on your side. As a “result,” it shows a decisive victory.

Ace of Swords Reversed Meaning

Among professional readers this is quietly referred to as the real death card. This indicates sharp, sudden violence and defeat, usually accompanied by vehement rage. Before you accept this, be sure to verify any and all aspecting cards.

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