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Key Meanings: Success, decisions and beginnings.

The Ace of Swords points you towards a path of developing mental clarity so you can make just decisions as you continue your journey through the seventy-eight passageways of growth.

This is the level on your continuous cycle of change where a spiritual endowment from the “Gift of Air” awakens your power of sound judgment and enables clear thinking. Confusing situations can be easily clarified and the resulting solution will be fair to everyone.

The Aces are the “Controlling Cards”; they control your path and relate to where you are headed. The Ace of Swords brings you into the “Waxing Phase of the Moon”, the time of clarity of thought which enables wise decision-making.

You may have a looming problem that needs to be resolved or be at a special turning point where something is about to unfold. The energy of the Ace of Swords can manifest into a powerful thought to help you make a fair and balanced decision.

Numerical Number 1: The Ace of Swords’ number is associated with the start of a new cycle and the time when a thought manifests into a flame of action to make a decision.

The Element of Air: Swords are associated with the elemental air qualities of a number of planet/zodiac sign combinations: Mercury in Gemini, indicating how the mind works and how you carefully analyse a situation; Venus in Libra, relating to balance, justice or an impending judgment; Uranus in Aquarius, representing the great awakener. Uranus is the planet of unexpected changes and points toward the future.

This Ace is also related to the angelic elemental qualities of water (Archangel Raphael).

Probable Outcome: Something is about to unfold. A spiritual awakening of energy may give you the power to make a fair decision and start something new or separate from a past attachment to make a fresh start. Something unexpected might fall into your lap and bring with it a new beginning!

You might experience a momentous life change and need to make a big decision to overcome a challenge that brings sorrow.

You may need to resolve a conflict or argument.

You might experience a radical change because of legal or contract issues and finally realise the truth of an on-going situation.

Possible Outcome: You are not ready to make a decision because you are stuck in a confused state of mind and cannot clearly understand certain situations.

You might find it difficult to agree with others and are not willing to listen to anyone else. Perhaps you are bullying someone to get what you want, or throwing your weight around.

You may learn that you’re being lied to. The surrounding cards will determine the depth of the dishonesty.

You may experience a love/hate situation, or an emotional whirlwind that takes the wind out of your sails.

You might also be dealing with an unexpected illness.

Something might be falling away from you that you did not expect, such as a personal or professional relationship loss, a separation or divorce. You may have decided to move on because a relationship was not fulfilling or lacked commitment.

A man may not be ready to create new life right now or a woman might experience delays with getting pregnant .

Then again, you may be unable to channel the energies of the Ace of Swords into your life. If this is the case, you are probably stuck in confusion, or in a phase of uncertainty and still have more planning to do before you are ready to kick-start a new beginning.

Timing: The Ace Swords predicts that an important thought is turned inwards to find mental clarity, then turned outwards to resolve a very difficult problem. This event may occur within 1-11 days or during the waxing phase of the moon.