The Ace of Swords is the card of clarity, truth, communication, new ideas, and breakthroughs. The card features a hand coming out of the clouds, gripping a sword. The sword is shining and it pierces through a crown with budding vegetation. This is a symbol of the power of truth. The sword cuts through every lie and deceit to show the new way forward.
The Ace of Swords reminds us that truth cuts through everything. Being able to be open and honest in relationships makes both parties feel heard and understood. New ideas and breakthrough opportunities are also inspiring. The Ace of Swords reminds us that when we are feeling stuck in a web of obfuscation and deceit, truth will show us the way forward.
If the Ace of Swords appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is full of integrity. They value honesty and doing the right thing. This person can be extremely blunt, but their heart is in the right place. They’re also natural problem solvers. It is astrologically associated with The element of Air. Because the Element of Air carries a masculine energy, this card carries an active, assertive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as.
For physical characteristics, the Ace of Swords as a person represents someone who doesn’t dress frivolously. Their aesthetic is clean, minimalistic, and crisp. While most people will use their emotions when deciding on what to purchase for their wardrobe, in the way people will collect art that “speaks to them”, this person will be very logical. They also prioritize functionality and practicality. Likewise, this is the approach that they take when it comes to their diet and their workouts. This person will tend to choose a less tasty meal if they believe it to be healthier.
There is something that is essentialist and scientific about this person’s approach to their physical well-being and beauty. This is the type of person who cares a great deal and can become very knowledgeable about skin care ingredients. They will study every single ingredient and focus on purchasing ingredients rather than brands or the aesthetic of a packaging. They’re very cerebral in that sense. On the other hand, when it comes to fashion and style, they’re more pragmatic and focus on the functionality of the pieces they wear. Similarly, this is the type of person who will have a very methodical way of structuring their workout plan.
For emotional characteristics, the Ace of Swords as a person represents someone who is more concerned with upholding the truth than being right. For example, they will be the first to admit that they were wrong and even apologize if they’re presented with evidence that they were wrong. Although they’re not the type of person who would say something like “love and light”, they are typically spiritually ascended in their own way. This person never lets their own ego defeat them. On top of that, they’re extremely emotionally honest with themselves. This is the type of person who will have the self-awareness to acknowledge that they’re envious of another person.
For careers, the Ace of Swords can represent someone who works in a field where they disseminate truths while remaining neutral and impartial. They could be an investigative journalist, a researcher in academia, a fact checker for a media group, or even an independent YouTuber. They may also work in any legal or STEM field. Their logic and rationality are prized assets. They could be an advocate for a cause. Integrity and ethics are very important to this person. This person’s dream is to contribute new knowledge to their field that others can build upon.
The Ace of Swords as a person represents someone who makes you feel like you’re with someone you can trust. You can just feel in your gut that this is a safe person to be around. If you’re romantically involved with this person, consider yourself lucky. Although they’re not lovey-dovey romantic, at least they’re trustworthy and loyal. They’re not about making grand gestures, their love language is being reliable and treating your relationship with respect. It’s easy to overlook their contributions to a relationship, so make sure you don’t take this person for granted!
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If the Ace of Swords reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person lacks honesty and integrity. Because Aces are representative of a suit’s energy in its purest form, the manifestations of this behavior can be extreme. For example, they could be a compulsive liar, or even a pathological liar. Because this is a Minor Arcana card, some of these traits will not be inherent aspects of their identity. If they are behaving unfavorably, they might just be going through a temporary phase. It may be a behavioral pattern that they can still unlearn, if they choose to. Good or bad, nobody is perfect, and people can use their free will to change for the better.
For physical characteristics, the Ace of Swords reversed as a person represents someone whose physical appearance doesn’t reflect their truth. This is the type of person who will claim they’re not wearing makeup when in fact they are. They may also give misleading information when asked for beauty tips. They work out and eat healthy for social media, but they’re an entirely different person off camera.
For emotional characteristics, the Ace of Swords reversed as a person represents someone who is generally dishonest, both to themselves as well as others. Because Aces tend to embody the purest form of a suit, the energy can manifest quite intensely or in a fundamental way. You may catch them lying about very fundamental things, such as their marital status. This person may even believe in their own lies. If you’re romantically involved with this person, be sure to clarify their intentions early on, and if necessary do a whole background check.
For careers, the Ace of Swords reversed can represent someone who works without honesty, integrity, or competence. If you’re looking to hire someone, and you draw this card, it warns you to do a background check. They may be prone to lying about fundamental things such as their academic credentials or work experience. Definitely cross check with any academic institution or employers they claim to have been associated with, and ensure that their letters of reference are authentic. Alternatively, they may work in any of the fields that their upright counterpart works in, but they may not be very good at it. For example, they might be a journalist, but they’re a very biased journalist who’s more interested in their own personal interests than the truth.
The Ace of Swords reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel confused. Its upright counterpart is a symbol of mental clarity. In the reverse position, this may represent somebody who weaves webs of lies, and gets others caught in them. They use their creativity for shady purposes, instead of directing it toward something constructive and unselfish. Alternatively, drawing this card may indicate that your relationship with this person started off on the wrong foot. Give them a chance, but tread with caution! Know when to walk away.
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For love readings, the Ace of Swords represents clarity and breakthroughs in communication. Good communication is a cornerstone to any successful relationship. Truth always cuts through obfuscation and lies. The Ace of Swords reminds us that we need to always work on our communication game to be successful in our relationships with others.
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