Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meaning Upright and Reversed

Ace of Swords Upright Tarot Card Meaning in a Tarot Reading

The ace of swords speaks of mental clarity and breakthroughs. This card makes me think of the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes shouting Eureka and jumping out of the bath tub when he gets the idea for water displacement. The ace of swords typically depicts a hand coming out of the clouds and holding a sword that has a wreath circling the top. The hand coming out of the cloud represents the divine and the sword represents ideas, perceptions, and mental clarity. The wreath represents success. The intellectual clarity of the sword will allow you to ‘slice’ thru a situation that has had your stuck. This card means that thinking about a situation different or from another perspective could bring great insight. The cloud hand of the divine in the card denotes that getting quiet and allowing excess mind chatter to quiet may bring the knowledge you are seeking. This card can also mean finally making a decision and moving forward.

Ace of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Meaning in a Tarot Reading

The ace of swords reversed feels like someone who keeps trying to get clarity on a subject but they can’t seem to find it. They can’t tap into the knowledge of the divine to get the insight they need. They may be mentally exhausted and not want to think about the subject any longer. All they do is think of what they are already thought and it feels like they’re mentally going in a circle. This indicates they may be missing information or information is hidden from them in some way. Or that the ideas they have in their head are flawed and that is what is stopping them from making a decision or choosing a path to move forward.

The other thing the ace of swords can mean is that you did get the idea or insight that you were wanting, but you are hesitant to share it with others. Maybe you’re not sure how they will react or you don’t know if you want to make it public yet because you’re not sure if you are committed to the course of action if you do let everyone know about it.

Another interpretation could be that you have many ideas and they’re all brilliant but you can’t choose one. This would be a good time to ask yourself which idea lines up most with your values and goals on the highest level and rank each idea on a scale of one to ten and evaluate how aligned each idea is with what your trying to achieve. The biggest threat to your best idea is your second best idea.

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