I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
The Ace of Swords ushers into the suit of thought and intellect associated with the air element. As the suit unfolds, we will see the manifestations of this energy that come in the numbered cards. But as with all aces, the Ace of Swords is like a seed, containing the essence of its suit.
This shows the full spectrum possibilities of the mental realm. As the suit unfolds, we will look at these possibilities in detail. The Ace of Swords contains the potential for cleverness, cunning, deceit, understanding, comprehension and more.
The white sword is positioned directly in the center and almost seems to pop out of the card, offering itself to us. The pure white sword is intense and glaring. There is nothing to hide, we are looking upon this sword and seeing it fully, despite the darkness in the background.
White lightning bolts descend from the sky, furthering the electric, charged state of this card. It brings to mind the term ‘bolt of clarity.’ The Ace of Swords is often associated with clarity: those moments when things suddenly seem graspable. However, like lighting, those moments of clarity can be quick and fleeting.
A colorful band of what might be snakeskin is wrapped around the center of the sword in a figure eight. This is a sideways lemniscate, or infinity symbol. It is hued with all the colors of the rainbow, showing that a complex, holistic energy resides here.
Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in General
In the Waite-Smith tarot version of this card, a hand extends from the sky, grasping a sword. The sky is clear and cloudless, alluding to the mental clarity offered by the Ace of Swords. When you feel besieged by misunderstandings or doubts, the Ace of Swords offers you new perspectives.
It is sometimes said that all aces can be thought of as gifts. The Ace of Swords offers you the gift of intelligence, rationality and clear, firm thinking. The truth, as they say, will set you free, and the Ace of Swords can be just the straightforward burst of truth that you need.
In a reading…
The Ace of Swords can speak of new ideas, fresh perspectives, and the potentials of the mental realm. This card can show times of clarity bursts which seem to be graspable, but are often fleeting. It can also be a card of undisguised honesty. Hidden motivations and beliefs are ready to be excavated, for worse or for better!
This card can also suggest that the best approach in a given situation is to ‘grasp onto’ the qualities in the swords suit. Use your mental facilities to determine how to proceed. Be upfront with yourself and others. Activate your own cleverness to approach the situation at hand.