Ace of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Ace of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Ace of Swords

My self-study of Tarot continues with the Ace of Swords. Or, as I just heard, "over and above."

Ace of Swords: Taking On Tarot self-study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck, created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

First Impressions

Ace of Swords ~ Universal Waite Tarot, created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

A cut above the rest; cutting through the muck; clarity; linear; sharp; sharp-tongued; witty; learned points; mastery; shining through; crowning glory or crowning achievement (related to head and brain).


Crown, olive branch, palm leaf, sword, six golden lights (flames?) divided equally by the sword, hand of Spirit or God, cloud, mountains.

It's the olive branch and palm leaf-bedecked crown hovering around the top of the sword that reels me in to this card. There's something ethereal - magical, mystical, otherworldly - about the crown hovering in that way. It takes the general braininess of the suit of swords and imbues it with a "higher calling," as I just heard.

And then there's the symbology of the crown (power, victory, immortality, righteousness) in conjunction with the olive branch (perpetual - heard "everlasting" - peace) and the palm leaf (victory, triumph, eternal life and, also, peace). I hear, "leads the way" and consider how the aces within Tarot can oftentimes be indicative of a fresh start or the beginning of a new leg of a journey or path.

In this case, it would seem the head may lead the way and yet it could be said it's greatly impacted by spirit or soul - at least, it's meant to be.


White, gold, red, green, orange, silver, gray, blue, brown.

It's all that white that stands out here. White, in this instance, speaks (shouts, screams) of clarity. It feels like everything extraneous is cut away and what's left is the sharp, high-definition vision of the truth.

What the Guide Says About the Ace of Swords

"A hand issues from a cloud, grasping a sword, the point of which is encircled by a crown.

"Divinatory Meanings: Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. A card of great force, in love as well as hatred. Reversed: The same meanings, but the results are disastrous; another account says - conception, childbirth, augmentation, multiplicity."

Okay. Well, I get the force aspect given the sword and its general human usage: a show of force. Hatred, though? I guess if that force is generated from a form of hatred - perhaps as it could be said war is generated. Maybe it's because war is a concept I can't (and won't) get behind that I'm not willing to add hatred as a keyword for this card.

The childbirth aspect is interesting and possible, if you consider the penile nod of a sword's design. It's very masculine, though, so that feels a stretch to me.

What We Say About the Ace of Swords

Creation of great power.

Masculine rising above feminine.

Deity raising its hand in a show of strength.

The coronation of a monarch.

Adversity overcome through wit and wisdom.

Shining above as with high intellect.

Head in the clouds, and yet able to see through the clouds.

Sharp of mind and body.

Other Impressions

Rise above.

Active mind.

Achiever in terms of academics and business.

Heard "airy fairy." ?!?!

Libra leading the way. :-)

 I Might Ask a Client...

"Where are you noticing a new call to attention in your life?"

"If you tend to be sharp-tongued, how might you temper that with peace or grace and how might that benefit you?"

What comes up for you around this card?

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