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You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius


In the Rider-Waite deck, the Ace of Swords shows a hand emerging from the clouds, holding a shiny sword. The Sword is crowned with a laurel wreath, the ancient symbol of triumph and success. The barren land in the background suggests that many trials and challenges are ahead. It is a long, though journey: but the victory is yours, if you earn it.

The Swords are associated with the mental realm. The presence of the Aces in a reading always marks the birth of a new chapter in your life. In the case of the Ace of Swords, it represents an idea coming into fruition, gaining new perspectives and mental clarity, or reaching a breakthrough through sheer willpower.

The Ace of Swords simply symbolizes raw mental potential, and as with every sword, it is up to the person’s will to utilize it. A sword can be a tool of integrity, justice and skill, or a weapon of aggression and destruction.

Another key symbol here is the mountain in the background. This is the mountain of hard work, obstacles and time that it will require for you to reach success. Again, it’s a matter of perspective: You can either look at the mountain and back down or turn challenge into growth and keep climbing.

Number 1 represents manifestation, new beginnings and independence.


Ace of Swords Keywords

  • Truth
  • New perspectives

  • Mental clarity

  • Communication



  • Inner struggle
  • Confusion
  • Obstacles

Upright Ace of Swords

Guidance: The Ace of Swords foretells new beginnings, justice and victory; but it is all up to you to create your reality. Many possibilities will be available to you, opportunities in the form of obstacles to learn and overcome. The outcome you desire will require a lot of your mental strength and willpower. And if you follow through, it shall be yours. The question is, are you up to the challenge?

Love: A new chapter is beginning in your relationship. It can be a psychical change, something you can observe, or just a mental shift in your perspective. It is possible you had gone through disappointment and heartbreak in the past, and recently chose to release yourself from what’s burdening you. Now that you are starting fresh, start building your grounds with honesty and clarity. If you are single, same goes to you. Leave the past behind and move on. A new, intellectually stimulating relationship is coming to you, if you wish to experience it.

Work/Finances: You have a clear vision in your mind for the future, now it is time to put it into action with confidence. Especially if you are starting something new, the Ace of Swords is an excellent card to get. It is a sign that you have the most important ingredient of the success: a raw willpower waiting to be unlocked. Your business, career, ideas and finances will all thrive if you utilize this power for good. Work with honesty, logic and fairness. Pay attention to your ideas, you may be on the verge of a breakthrough.

Health: The Ace of Swords implies that you will have the mental strength to cut through the problems you had faced before. You now have clarity and will to overcome the obstacles and your newly gained perspective will play a big part in your recovery. It talks about fresh and exciting changes. It could take some time, so be patient.

Spirituality: The sword is the mental power you have over how you manifest your reality. Now, it seems that you are on the verge of discovering your potential. Your strengths and weaknesses, fears and hopes, ideals and values: All will come to clarity soon. Exploring the depths of your mind and soul is not for the faint-hearted. So, you need to keep being brave, positive and patient. Your vision will come into reality soon.

Guidance: The Ace of Sword reversed suggests that there is a confusion or inner struggle blocking you from where you want to go. There is something you need to overcome and losing your focus and courage won’t help you at all. If you believe in your vision and the effort you put into it, sometimes all you just need is to be patient. Success takes time. This card advises you to stand strong against any obstacle and injustice.

Love: This reversal in relationships may suggest unfairness, conflicts, resentment or unresolved emotional baggage. You are possibly deeply hurt and disappointed, but you cannot let this wear you down to the point of breaking. The good news is the solution could be as simple as open and honest communication. Try to stay clear of negativity before making big decisions. If you are single, it is best if you figure out what makes you unsatisfied in your love life. Start from the unresolved past attachments, if there are any. When you are ready to move on, new possibilities of love and happiness will find you.

Work/Finances: Reversal of this card doesn’t mean loss or end of things. It simply means that there is some more hard work and challenges to face before you reach your goals. You may be facing frustrating delays, unfair situations or disappointment. Your judgement will play the major role in the outcome. If you keep being focused and strong, you will overcome this. It is probably not the best time to take high risks concerning your finances and business at this time.

Health: The Ace of Swords reversed draws your attention to the role that your mental and emotional wellbeing plays over your overall health. It can represent a negative mindset, stress or other mental issues. A disappointing situation that will require your rational and positive approach may be hinted as well.

Spirituality: The Ace of Swords is an open-ended card, which means that your destiny is in your hands. You need to be honest to yourself about why you are unable to let go of past disappointments and face what lies ahead. How tall you stand in the face of injustice and opposition will determine your future. Own your strength and shape your reality. The solution you are seeking is already there inside you, whether you realize it or not.

Reversed Ace of Swords

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