Ace of Swords

"I take the time to think things through."

I: Ace of Swords

logic objectivity intellect choice

Creative source of the power of air and intelligence, conception of an idea. Cutting power of the mind towards both terrible suffering and sublime new resolutions. Unexplored potential movement and aggressive action. Awakening of mental power often means collision with old beliefs and patterns. Mind over matter. Initial eruption of a new world-view. The start of a completely new concept. Conquest, outburst, fight, struggle before peace.
Inverse: Deliberate lie, a verbal outburst that one regrets, violence.



  • Making objective decisions.
  • Applying logic.
  • Reasoning your way out of a difficult situation.
  • Solving puzzles.
  • Thinking things through.
  • Emphasizing the facts.
  • Clearing your mind.
  • Seeking clarity.
  • Shadow

    • Applying ruthless or twisted logic.
    • Gloating over your own superior intellect.
    • Using quick thinking to deceive or confuse others.
    • Confusing snap judgments with quick thinking.
    • Making decisions without thinking through consequences.
    • Symbolism

      The Hand of God

      On the Aces in Marseilles and RWS-inspired decks, a heavenly hand extends from the clouds, offering the viewer the suit's distinctive marker. When opportunity comes your way, take advantage of it; the hand that extends an offer can always withdraw it.

      The Festooned Crown

      The Tarot of Marseilles and RWS-inspired decks picture the Sword topped by a festooned crown. If this decision were made by your Higher Self, freed from petty, earthly concerns, what verdict would be rendered?

      Swords as Symbols

      As a suit marker, Swords suggest logic, clarity, and decision-making. Remember the story of wise King Solomon, who once offered to slice a baby in half in order to resolve a dispute over motherhood? Swords cut through confusion, revealing our agendas in the process.

      The Nature of the Ace

      Compressed into the Ace are all the qualities of all the other cards of the suit. In this way, the Ace can be said to be the "root" or "seed" of its associated element. How might your situation contain the seeds of intellectual or logical growth?

      Your First Impressions

      When you see the Ace, what's your first impression? Is the Sword being offered as a gift...or wielded as a weapon? Does it point upward, to God, or downward, to Earth? Is it to heavy to bear, or something you could manage?

      Ace of Swords' Advice


      • Set your emotions aside for the moment and look at your relationship from an objective point of view.
      • Would a judge or jury say this relationship is performing as it should?
      • You're facing a difficult decision; make it with your head, not your heart.


      • Cut through emotionalism and get to the facts.
      • In this situation, the devil's in the details.
      • What happened and when?
      • Slay some sacred cows, stop the blame game, and get down to brass tacks.
      • What are the objectives?
      • Where are you in relationship to your goals?


      • Your relationship with Spirit should inform all your decisions.
      • Here's an opportunity to apply what you've learned in your inner life to decisions that impact your outer life.
      • If you were to make this decision for someone else, what verdict would you render?

      Personal Growth

      • At some point, we must go from seeking advice to making our own decisions.
      • Gather information, draw on the experience of mentors, and get the facts...but be prepared, as a mature individual, to make decisions and own the consequences.

      Fortune Telling

      • The time to make a choice is now.
      • Stop wavering and do what you know is best.


      • In the Fall.

      Questions to ask

      • If I made my decision purely based on reason and logic, what would my decision be?
      • What do I think about my own problem-solving ability?
      • Who can supply me with the pure and simple facts?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Ace of Swords tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.