Ace of Swords - Tarot Card Meanings

For a more complete understanding of the Ace of Swords tarot card meaning, the meanings of the suit and number are provided first.

Overview of the Swords

Aliases: In English, this is the most common.

Element: Air

Zodiac: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra

Playing Card Suit: Spades

Class: Nobility/Militia

Rules: The Mind or Will

The Swords control the mind or will. When Miss L refers to these qualities, it means that the meaning of each Tarot card in this suit can focus on intellectual questions or issues related to power.

If you want to see all of the Tarot card meanings in the Swords suit, go to The Swords.

The Swords is the Tarot suit that most people are uncomfortable with. Often connected to negative meanings, the Swords have been given a bad rap. 

It's true when you're first learning the meaning of each Tarot card this suit, it seems more than an average number of Tarot cards are dark and brooding.

Just like a physical sword, the Swords have two edges. 

On the one hand, their energy can be destructive and hard to swallow - especially when it's your life that's being affected.

On the other side, they clear out the junk!

Usually, they affect the clutter in your mental attics - 

the stuff you're not ready to get rid of but don't want to deal with either. 

When the Swords appear, they are using their strengths of courage, ideas and power to tell you it is time.

Deal with it and move on!

If you're just learning to read Tarot cards, remember that the position in the Tarot layout as well as the nearby Tarot cards should to guide you (in addition to the meanings for the Tarot cards).

Work from the heart, listen to your gut and develop your intuition.

Don't fear the Swords. Like any medicine, working up the courage to open your mouth and swallow takes longer than it does for the bad taste to fade after.

Synopsis of the Aces - Tarot Card Meanings

The beginning point of each suit in the Minor Arcana, the Aces are the start of every impulse of energy. 

Every idea, every new initiative needs that essential spark.

 Positive and brimming with promise, the Ace is the first warm zephyr heralding the winds of change.

Upright:  Powerful and airy, the Ace of Swords is like the winds of change, bringing energy and vitality to new enterprises.

This tarot card meaning acts like its symbol, a sharp sword to cut through what is unneeded and the movement of its strike bringing with it fresh new energy.

Adding clarity to the mind and power to issues of justice, this card has often been connected to karma.

In eastern beliefs, the concept of karma is what balances the universe: we reap what we sow. 

The energy of the Ace of Swords is transformative, ending what has been outgrown and creating possibility for newness.                                        


Reversed:  Imbalanced and troubled, when the Ace of Swords is reversed, changes can seem too sudden or delayed (and not to your benefit).

Its tarot card meaning speaks of a time where it is difficult to find agreement and others (or yourself) may seem argumentative or quarrelsome.

Meaning of Each Tarot Card Keyword:  power, transformative energy, new thoughts and ideas, new possibilities, karma, balance, sudden changes, imbalanced mind, quarrels and arguments, irritability.

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