Ace of Swords – Meanings & Interpretation – Minor Arcana

Ace of Swords Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The Ace of Swords represents the pinnacle of achievement of the mind in the Minor Arcana. It is intellect in its perfect moment, unbound. With the Ace of Swords tarot card present success is inevitable, it knows no other way.

But at what cost? It is the nature of the Swords and the Intellect to find a solution, but the blade of wind often leaves the heart cold. Read on to find out more about this tarot card.

Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings – Upright


ace of swordsThis is a time of great power for the wielder of the sword. A total victory is imminent through the use of great power, and the ends of the one holding the hilt will be achieved.

The Ace of Swords can also represent absolute mental clarity, cutting through all confusion, or breaking through a barrier on the way to a discovery or solution. As all the Aces, it can also represent inspiration or new ideas, as all Aces represent beginnings, in this case, the beginning of seeking truth or Justice.

Past Events:

The past few months have seen you using a machete to cut through red tape, nothing has been able to stand in the way between you and your goals. Your vision has been clear, clearer than it’s been in a great long while. Hopefully you’ve not used your force unnecessarily, which is a danger of this tarot card.

Present Events:

You’ve been living in a situation that’s left you perplexed, confused, and struggling. This card appearing in a tarot reading means that the air is finally cleared and the fog is being cut away. Now is a time for introspection, clearing up of past misunderstandings, and setting things right for new beginnings.

Future Events:

Lost, lost in the fog. Which way to go, and where to be?  The situation you’re in right now is difficult and you’ve been flailing around, but fear not, the end is in sight.

The shining light of the Blade of Intellect is on its way. The light at the end of the tunnel is understanding and a clearing of the way, just hold in there and be prepared to talk talk talk when it happens.

Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


ace of swords reversedWhen the Ace of Swords is reversed, we are all too often being overcome by being unable to see the trees for the Forest. Looking at everything in a very big picture sort of way leads to an occlusion of the way to deal with the situation step by step. The information you’re missing through this point of view needs to be found and clarified.

Past Events:

It’s all too big, too much to face, too much to think about, and because of that it’s all clouded and confused. You’ve been wandering through a situation wondering “where is all of this coming from? I don’t understand!”, and it’s all been caused by looking at the big picture instead of the details, time to change focus.

Present Events:

Everything is utter confusion right now. What once seemed logical and sensible is falling out of place and you have no idea why. You’ve been trying to catch all the pieces and slap everything back into place with super-glue and duct-tape.

But it’s time to let the pieces fall and pay attention to where the weakness lay. Only by analyzing the weakness can you start putting it back together in a sustainable way.

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Future Events:

When the Ace of Swords inverted lay in your future, there is a coming fog bank. Right now everything seems clear, but the situation is rotting from within and communication is beginning to break down.

The Ace of Swords reversed in your future represents the time when its infection has spread far enough to compromise the entire project. Start looking now to offset this experience.

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