Ace Of Swords – Rider Waite Tarot Deck

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I. Ace of Swords Rider Waite image description

The Ace of Swords shows a white robes arm, holding a vertical sword – a symbol of spirit and wisdom. At the top of the sword, there is a wreath which shows success and victory and a crown which strongly depicted the spiritual element. However, the barren landscape of the surrounding mountains reflects the frigid feature of wisdom.

Ace of Swords Rider Waite image description

Ace of Swords is a symbol of ability in the field of intelligence, argument, justice, truth, clarity, and courage. In a Tarot spread, this Ace card is a sign that the seeds of clear understanding have been planted in your life even though you may not have realized it yet. When the seed sprouts, it can appear almost in any form. It can be an attractive idea, a desire for truth, a call for justice or a need for honesty. On the external side, it can be an offer, a gift, an opportunity, an encounter or multiple events which occur simultaneously.

Sometimes, this Ace card is representative of a challenge as a test for yourself in some form. Life is never going to be smooth sailing, sooner or later an obstacle will emerge, and this card can tell you when that obstacle is about to happen. This post is also a reminder that you have to face your own challenges with courage, honesty, and determination, no matter what it is. There are always opportunities in every challenge.

II. Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Power of Mind, Truth, Justice, Steadfast.

Use the power of wisdom

  • Think objectively;
  • Clear direction;
  • Discover the truth/reality;
  • Situational analysis;
  • Use of wisdom;
  • Apply logic and reason.


  • Overcoming adversity;
  • Faced with the problem;
  • Resolve the situation;
  • Find out the power to overcome;
  • Not discouraged by failure.

Search for justice

  • Correct mistake;
  • Protect the principles;
  • Do the right thing;
  • Build the truth;
  • Take responsibility;
  • Desire for justice.

Progress with the truth/fact

  • Dissolve the suspicion;
  • Cut off the disorder;
  • Recognize the illusion;
  • To gain insight;
  • To be honest/sincere;
  • Find out the truth.

III. The pairs Ace – Ace

An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new spirit is entering your life. This spirit comes from the energy of the Ace of Swords (intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity, persistence) when it pairs together with these following cards:

  • Ace of Wands: creativity, excitement, adventure, courage, personal strength;
  • Ace of Cupsdeep feelings, harmony, intimacy, compassion, love;
  • Ace of Pentacles: prosperity, abundance, trust, security.

IV. Ace of Swords Upright Card Keywords

strength, victory, breakthrough, strong spirit

Words and Keywords

The strong force, the force of the Air element, the power of wisdom, freedom, determination, spiritual energy, courage, new ideas, the power of words, sweet fruit from the bitter tree, the beginning of success, perfect timing, radical and unavoidable change, concentrated energy, overcome obstacles, focus the spirit, logic, order, discipline, strength of purpose.

Equitable action, the ability to look at the whole situation, reach the goal, justice, law, legal issues, authority, will, necessary surgery, dissection, blood test, vaccination, after rain comes sunshine, the pen is mightier than the sword, thinking before action, willpower will help you overcome all obstacles.


Like Ace of Pentacles Card, the Ace of Swords card can be a sign of a new beginning of something or of a certain aspect of your life, and this beginning can also occur in many ways at the same time. Sometimes, this new beginning can be initiated by some sort of separation – such as separation from a relationship or from a situation at work. Although it may not be good on the surface and may cause some anxiety, the positive energy that it brings will help you do anything or go anywhere you want.


Overall, this Ace card calls us do not hesitate to make a jump if it brings the best benefits for ourselves. In short, be brave. As the old adage says, “Feel the fear and do it anyway”. You already have a good idea of what you need to do already. The hardest part is just getting started. Let’s get started today!


In the context of work, the Ace of Swords can mean that you will soon try out other work strategies or may even choose to leave the job that you are doing. If you are determined to stay where you are working, you may have some good ideas for new policies or processes which can make the task as well as the daily lives of people easier, help to solve the problem from the key point and fix the output. Do not be afraid to talk to your colleagues around. You will then gain credibility for the good things that you bring. Remember that trust is not built in a day.


In terms of love, this card can mean that you are ready for a new beginning. If you are in a relationship, this card may imply a certain problem that will make you want to terminate it. Do not hesitate to speak up your mind. If something in a relationship hurts you, and you feel that you are about to lose your love for what you have said (or will say) – then you are not losing anything, you are just simply aiming for a better relationship. Please be honest.


When it comes to financial matters, the Ace of Swords tells us that enough is enough. This is not the time to look for opportunities related to money. Do not invest when you feel you can not afford because you will probably lose money. There may be people asking for a loan. No matter how sympathetic you are to them, it is best not to lend anything to them. You probably will not get the loan back, and even worse, you may lose your relationship with the person you lent. Just give them a loan if you are really “willing” to take risks.


In terms of health, it seems like you have finally realized some of your own bad habits and stopped the (this may also mean the opposite – eventually, you have realized that something is good for you). You may feel a little nervous when you realize these things. Take good care of yourself, only when you care for yourself, you will know how to care for others. Exercise is especially important for you, but do not try too hard.


You may figure out that it is time to give up some inappropriate beliefs, do not force yourself. Everybody has bad times and has made mistakes in their lives. You will find out the truth about the spiritual aspect that is relevant and useful to you. Do not be afraid to talk to someone about what you think will benefit them in terms of spirituality.

Situation and advice

Ace of Swords may appear at the beginning of the intellectual activity. Since the cards of Sword are related to conflicts, contradiction, and difficulties, this card signifies the beginning of a promising business venture or venture that comes from adversity. The traditional meaning of this card is “power in adversity” – sweet fruit from the bitter tree.

You have the discipline and determination to overcome obstacles and difficulties. Something positive and optimistic will emerge from the inevitable and painful changes in life. You have the strength and power at your disposal. Thus, you can concentrate your energy and intellectual resources to pursue a goal. Your logic, balance, and order will be needed. Sometimes, this card refers to relying on the law to resolve conflicts. In a spreading about health, this card can refer to the need for injection, dissection, or surgery.


Champions, logical followers, rulers, people who work in the legal system, people who fight for an ideal/career, surgeons and medical specialists; those who dig, dissect, cut to make a living; people who have sharp-tongued.

V. Ace of Swords Reversed Keywords

confusion, chaos, lack of clarity

Words and Keywords

Threats, excessive force, arbitrariness, a hollow victory, cutters, sarcastic, bullying, opposition, victims, delays, bad timing, obstacles, delusions , unclear thinking, unnecessary disruption, lack of planning, abuse of power, energy in the wrong direction, sabotage, perversity, chaos, exploitation, domination, injustice, mistiness, trouble with government, legal difficulties, intellectual abuse.

Ignore the emotions of others, suffer, self-injury, trouble with medical or surgical vaccination, live by the sword and die by the sword, the one that wins is strong, chill to the bone.


Generally, the Ace of Swords reversed has a positive meaning, it is still a warning that you have to be very careful with your thoughts. When this card appears, you will easily feel that something seems positive, but turn out it is not. You should seek advice and thoughts from others.


Overall, this Ace card in reverse shows that you need to be careful about your illusions. You will be very easy to trust the wrong person as well as very easy to have the thought that “this time” your ambitious aspirations will succeed. Always think carefully and cautiously.


In the spread about the job, the Ace of Swords reversed conveys the message that you are likely to have a serious misunderstanding at work. Do not make a sudden move/change or do not think that the job you are doing well suddenly changes in the bad direction. If you are looking for a job, try to think from the perspective of the employer. If you are looking to change your career, how will you show that you are prepared and ready for a new job? Let’s reconsider it all in a practical, thorough and realistic way.


In the question of love, this reversed card shows that maybe you have a crush on someone or even fall crazily in love with someone who is not right for you. Sometimes, there is nothing with taking risks for love, and in fact, the opposites always attract each other. For example, if someone tells you they are “not ready for commitment” or they are “not able to maintain a long-term friendship,” then it is best to believe what they say. Always be careful.


The Ace of Swords reminds you to thoroughly review assumptions related to money, especially if you are prepared to invest in a new venture. Even with someone you’ve worked with for many years, he/she can sometimes become desperate and make are mistakes that affect your finance. Let’s think for yourself and check how things are progressing.


This card reverse is a warning that you may be persuaded by some health advice/diagnosis or new healthcare methods that are not appropriate for you. Try to understand as well as listen from those who have used such therapies to consult their opinions and experiences. Even with your family’s own physicians, if you are taking medications and healthcare regimen according to the plan they give, research to see whether they are really right for you or whether you need it or not; what you are using and the reason why you have to use it. Think smart and careful about your own health, do not let the emotion control over yourself.


Even in the reverse, the Ace of Swords is also a message that you may focus too much on one or more spiritual ideas that you think will be suitable and beneficial for you. Be cautious of persuasive people who will encourage you to join a spiritual institution or foundation where you have to spend money to get involved. This is the time that your spirit can be developed independently without assistance from any organization.

Situation and advice

You may experience exploitation. Perhaps you are using too much force than necessary to achieve your goal. Be careful not to be too aggressive, and do not bite the hand that feeds you. There will be a tendency to cut off things unnecessarily in your life when the Ace of Swords in reverse appears. Remember that flies are easier caught with honey than with vinegar.

You may need to set yourself free from a relationship in which you are being treated badly or unfairly. You may be the one who provokes others or gets teased at this point. In a spreading about health, this card may imply being cut by a sharp object as well as problems with vaccination or surgery.


Bullies, the self-inflicted, exploiters, victims, Jack the Ripper.

When you get this Ace card in a Tarot spread, you can reconsider your life to see how the clear and sharp energy of this card can help you. You should think about your problem objectively, look for situations that are unfair or misleading and resolve them properly. Above all, you have to make sure that you are honest and ethical. This card will tell you that you have the inner resources to overcome all obstacles and find out the truth about your situation. That is also a promise of the Ace of Swords.

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