Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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Ace of Swords’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

Ace of Swords (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Inarticulation, mental cobwebs, old idea

Traits: Conservative, contemplative, hesitant, indecisive, irrational, muddle-headed, reflective

Emotions: Disappointment, hope, insecurity, nervousness, rejection, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Dealing with mental cobwebs
    • Improving your communication skills
    • Listening to your heart rather than your head
    • Looking for new evidence
    • Revisiting an old idea
    • Seeking clarity
    • Thinking things through
Ace of Swords (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Fact, intellect, mental stimulation

Traits: Articulate, fair, honest, logical, rational, objective, outspoken, pure

Emotions: Contentment, eagerness, gladness, optimism, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Applying logic
    • Clearing your mind
    • Emphasizing the facts
    • Getting mental stimulation
    • Making objective decisions
    • Reasoning your way out of a difficult situation
    • Solving puzzles
Ace of Swords (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Interference, self-righteousness, twisted logic

Traits: Blunt, contradictory, critical, meddlesome, opinionated, prejudiced, subjective

Emotions: Annoyance, envy, frustration, irritation, jealousy, pride

  • Actions:
    • Applying ruthless or twisted logic
    • Confusing snap judgments with quick thinking
    • Gloating over your own superior intellect
    • Imposing your newfound opinion on others
    • Interrupting conversations constantly
    • Using quick thinking to deceive or confuse others

Ace of Swords’ Advice

Personal Growth

At some point, we must go from seeking advice to making our own decisions. Gather information, draw on the experience of mentors, and get the facts … but be prepared, as a mature individual, to make decisions and own the consequences.


Set your emotions aside for the moment and look at your relationship from an objective point of view. Would a judge or jury say this relationship is performing as it should? You’re facing a difficult decision; make it with your head, not your heart.


Cut through emotionalism and get to the facts. In this situation, the devil’s in the details. What happened and when? Slay some sacred cows, stop the blame game, and get down to brass tacks. What are the objectives? Where are you in relationship to your goals?


Your relationship with Spirit should inform all your decisions. Here’s an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your inner life to decisions that impact your outer life. If you were to make this decision for someone else, what verdict would you render?

Ace of Swords’ Symbols & Insights

The Hand of God

On the Aces in Marseilles and Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired decks, a heavenly hand extends from the clouds, offering the viewer the suit’s distinctive marker. When opportunity comes your way, take advantage of it; the hand that extends an offer can always withdraw it.

The Festooned Crown

The Tarot of Marseilles and Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired decks picture the Sword topped by a festooned crown. If this decision were made by your Higher Self, freed from petty, earthly concerns, what verdict would be rendered?

Swords as Symbols

As a suit marker, Swords suggest logic, clarity, and decision-making. Remember the story of wise King Solomon, who once offered to slice a baby in half in order to resolve a dispute over motherhood? Swords cut through confusion, revealing our agendas in the process.

The Nature of the Ace

Compressed into the Ace are all the qualities of all the other cards of the suit. In this way, the Ace can be said to be the “root” or “seed” of its associated element. How might your situation contain the seeds of intellectual or logical growth?

Your First Impressions

When you see the Ace, what’s your first impression? Is the Sword being offered as a gift … or wielded as a weapon? Does it point upward, to God, or downward, to Earth? Is it to heavy to bear, or something you could manage?

More About Ace of Swords Tarot Card

The time to make a choice is now.
Stop wavering and do what you know is best.
In the fall
(between September 23 and December 22)
“I take the time to think things through.”
Numerology Number
(the origin: the starting point, the seed, opportunity)
Astrology Element
Astrology Signs
The main character must make an important decision that will determine his or her ultimate fate.
Questions to Ask
If I made my decision purely based on reason and logic, what would my decision be?
What do I think about my own problem-solving ability?
Who can supply me with the pure and simple facts?
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