Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

Description

A hand issues from a cloud, grasping a sword, the point of which is encircled by a crown.

Divinatory Meanings

Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred. The crown may carry a much higher significance than comes usually within the sphere of fortune-telling.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The same, but the results are disastrous; another account says--conception, childbirth, augmentation, multiplicity.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Great prosperity or great misery.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Marriage broken off, for a woman, through her own imprudence.

Ace of Swords

Divinatory Meanings

Ace of Swords - Triumph, Fecundity, Fertility, Prosperity.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Embarrassment, Foolish and Hopeless Love, Obstacle, Hindrance.

Ace of Swords

Tradition

The extreme or excessive, triumph, force. "It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred." (Waite) Vehemence, fury, etc. Limits, extremity, frontier, confinement. Reversed: Conception, pregnancy, childbirth, fructification, production, enlarging, augmentation.

Theory

This is the first step of the element of Earth, coming on the First house or ascendant. Of course this has to do with a beginning, a strong outpouring of force, an impulse, and a material one too. Positive activity on the material plane is typically masculine, and this is a very masculine card, perhaps the most of all. There is no negotiation possible with it. It is emphatically 'yes' or 'no.' One of the primary expressions of the masculine is fructification, and the male action is indicated by this card. For the same reason it means germ, seed. And its natural consequence is conception and childbirth, the ace indicating here also the ascendant. In everything this card means the actual beginning in material execution, which at the same time may cut short something else. It may mean decapitation, or any justiciary execution. It signifies of course a decision, the end of uncertainty or twilight. It is a fresh starting point in matter: 'alea jacta est.' And so it may as well mean a strong demand, an appeal. There is courage in it and firm initiative. It may cause pain and affliction, but annihilates doubt, the greatest torture.

Conclusion

Initiative, force, masculine activity, seed, germ, commencement in matter, decision, starting point, emphasis; fructification. Execution, affliction, pain, but annihilation of doubt and uncertainty. Courage, firmness, integrity. May denote great passion or intense enmity. Fury, vehemence.


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