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Ace of Swords - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism


potential and new beginnings, the intellect, communication, mental energy, new ways of thinking, new ideas, new thoughts, new attitude, mental clarity, focus, intellectual capacity, something coming to your awareness, the use of your mind, insight, justice, communication and clarification, confrontation, conflict.

Ace o Swords

Description and Symbolism


A hand emerging out of a cloud is holding a sword. The sword symbolizes the mind and intellect. Around the top of the sword is a crown with an olive branch, representing peace, and a palm, representing suffering. The olive branch and palm are opposites that balance the crown. The crown represents power and thoughts. The mountains in the background symbolize the often cold nature of the intellect.

General Meaning


The number one represents potential and new beginnings and the Sword is a symbol for the intellect, communication and confrontation. Ace of Swords generally represents new ideas, new ways of thinking, mental energy and a confrontation. It can appear when something is about to be clarified and can symbolize discussions, confrontations and the settlement of issues. It also signifies actions based on the mind instead of feelings. This is probably a time when you use your mental abilities.

Love Meaning


In a love reading Ace of Swords can indicate good communication between the couple. Maybe you enjoy discussing all kinds of topics, and you also talk about issues you might have, and find solutions for them. If an argument has just happened, it can be a sign that it will be settled, since the sword also represents communication and a clarification. It can also be a sign for a confrontation. You or your partner might reach out wanting to talk, or asking for an explanation. Lastly, Ace of Swords can indicate that someone is using their head instead of their heart in a relationship. So if decisions are made at this time, that person will likely not be guided by their heart, but by their rationality. 



As Feelings


If you ask how someone feels for you the Ace of Swords can indicate that the person in question feels like wanting to talk to you, they might even want to confront you about a matter. If there has been any troubles lately, they might want to clear things up. It could also mean that they think about you - but in a rather analytical way, since the swords are all about the intellect. 

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