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Ace of Swords Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Ace of Swords Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
clarity, breakthrough, new idea, concentration, vision, force, focus, truth confusion, miscommunication, hostility, arguments, destruction, brutality
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Ace of Swords Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Ace of Swords Tarot Card Description

The Ace of Swords shows a hand emerging from the clouds wielding a double-edged sword. This double edged sword carries a golden crown while being encircled by a wreath. The wreath has for a long time been associated with victory, success and great achievement.

The crown is used as the symbol for both royalty and the power to rule that comes with royalty.  

Behind the foreground, the sword stands floating over a varied setting - which holds both mountains and sea, which are used as symbols of the vast reach and distant lands that the swords can be used to conquer, as well as ambition. 

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Upright Ace of Swords Meaning

As with all the aces, the Ace of Swords indicates that one is about to experience a moment of breakthrough. With its sharp blade and representing the power of the intellect, this sword has the ability to cut through deception and find truth. In layman's terms, this card represents that moment in which one can see the world from a new point of view, as a place that is filled with nothing but new possibilities. It is, therefore, the best time to work on your goals - as the aces all give green lights, and are signals of waiting opportunities and new beginnings.

The Ace of Swords indicates that one is about to experience a moment of breakthrough.

It might also be a good time for you to seek justice and the truth in all matters since your conscience is clear, and your thoughts are swift. If you rise to the occasion, your sharpness and clarity in thought will be rewarded. 

When we look at the swords closely, and see its double-edge, we are also reminded that this sword may be either used for noble deeds or to deal destruction. It all depends on the wielder, and is a warning too that excessive power holds the danger to corrupt. If you stick with principles, the sword will serve you well.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
attracted to discussion, facing problems honestly, communication stimulating work environment, clear communication, focus think rationally, avoid emotional decisions with money

Tarot Love Meaning - Upright Ace of Swords 

You’ll find intellectual discussion particularly attractive right now with the Ace of Swords tarot love meaning. Communication with your partner and discussing important issues at the moment can be rewarding for you. You should pay particular attention to facing problems or obstacles in your relationship with clarity and honesty. You may be able to find that confronting these issues can lead to greater harmony and understanding between you two. Though sometimes discussions can become heated, it is more important to speak about them instead of sweeping them under the rug. In the long term, by learning these communication skills your relationship becomes stronger.

If you’re in a relationship that has already been in turmoil, or you’re recovering from a break up, the Ace of Swords tarot love meaning can also be encouragement for you to cut out toxic people or attitudes in your love life.

Career Meaning - Upright Ace of Swords

Since the aces always represent new beginnings, the Ace of Swords can represent a new job, position, or career that can bring you a lot of intellectual stimulation. You may find that your new environment is delightfully challenging and offers you lots of encouragement to grow your mind and your skills. You’ll likely be around colleagues that enjoy discussing new ideas, and communication can run very smoothly. Having a clear vision of what you want to do, as well as being able to express that vision can be helpful for you now. 

Finances Meaning - Upright Ace of Swords

You’ll need to think very rationally with the Ace of Swords in a financial tarot reading. When it comes to money, your heart and your head can say very different things. In these cases, this card is telling you to trust your brain and avoid making emotional decisions. Should a friend or family member ask you for money, or look for a loan, approach the situation with your mind first.  Do you have enough for yourself? Will you be paid back? How will money affect your relationship with that person? Rejecting a rational approach may make you feel better, but can cost you greatly in the long run.

Ace of Swords Reversal Meaning

Getting a reversed Ace of Swords might mean that one's thoughts are confused, unsure and very chaotic. This isn’t a good time for one to make any decisions since they don’t have any clarity on what you should be doing, meaning that the chances of failure can be pretty high.

At this time, it would be better to prepare yourself and take baby steps - work methodically as you slowly move towards achieving your goals. This would be a good time to lay back and rationally think your way through each stage rather than acting on impulse, since everything appears in a blur and is not very clear at that moment. It might also be a good time to seek advice since things may not be as they seem.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
failure to communicate, clashing perspectives, painful words failure to communicate, unable to express thoughts clearly, boredom double check finances, statements or legal documents

Tarot Love Meaning - Reversed Ace of Swords

Confusion and clarity can be affecting your relationship at the moment. With the reversed Ace of Swords tarot love meaning, there can be misunderstandings and assumptions, and sometimes your partner can have a completely different point of view from your own. You’ll need to work hard in order to get on the same page again. This card can also sometimes suggest painful words; make sure that your communication with your partner is not too brusque. Feelings may be particularly sensitive right now, and without some kindness, confrontations can quickly turn into fights.

Career Meaning - Reversed Ace of Swords

At work, the reversed Ace of Swords signals that there can be some miscommunication at work right now, which can create trouble amongst you and your colleagues. It may also suggest that ideas that you’re generating now can be a little far fetched, and could result in failure. Make sure that you are very realistic with what you can accomplish, and don’t keep your head in the clouds. Be careful with your choice of words, and make sure you can express yourself clearly. Sometimes, this card can also signal being bored at work. Your work may be tedious and tiring, no longer enough of a challenge to keep you attentive. 

Finances Meaning - Reversed Ace of Swords

Handle your finances with care! A reversed Ace of Swords can suggest mistakes and unclarity around your finances. Go through your bank statements, contracts, loan agreements or anything legal to make sure that everything is right. If you don’t understand something, be sure to ask and not make assumptions that everything is just fine. There’s no harm in asking, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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