Welcome to Tarot Notes by Symbolic Living.
Today we’ll be moving on to the Ace of Swords.
As with our other weeks, our intention is to get you to think for yourself about the cards symbolism.
Before getting started, take a look at the card and write down anything that comes to mind. What do the symbols mean to you off the top of your head?
The Ace of Swords
Swords are associated with air and the Astrological Signs of Gemini, Libra and Aqaurius.
This card shows a hand issued from a cloud, as the other Aces do. What does the cloud represent to you?
On this card we see the crown giving immediate reference to a higher power, the mind, nobility, Kingship and Kingdom, and the first Sephira on the Tree of Life, Kether.
From the crown, we see two branches hanging down. One is the olive branch representing peace. The olive branch also refers to the previous Ace, the ace of cups because the olive branch carried by the dove to symbolize peace and the end of the great flood (also referring to the previous card the Ace of cups).
The Palm branch (leaves) symbolize victory. These two branches on each side are on each side of the double edged sword. The double edge representing the possibility to go either way in extreme, or to find balance. It is symbolic of the middle pillar on the tree of life.
When you look at the color scheme what do you see? What does each color represent to you?
The same type of floating symbols are around the sword as were around the Ace of cups. These are called Yod (crown) and represents the beginning, root, and that which follows it is built upon. Yellow can be said to associate with the Solar Plexus chakra, the spiritual center of will power, which correlates nicely to the Ace of Swords.
Who’s crown do you suppose that may be and who’s hand? For what reason is a person likely to carry or use a sword?
Are those mountains or turbulent, moving waves?
Many weapons and tools used in history were for purposes of survival such as hunting food. However, the sword is specifically designed for combat between humans, and can either be seen for uses in destruction and in creating hero’s of nobility and stability.
The swords are concerned with the principles of life related to truth (crown), and can be seen as highly justice oriented.
As we can see the sword is double edged, just as our minds can be divided.
The sword represents the world we experience as having laws that govern it, the laws of nature, where we find the need to balance of free will and destiny.
The divisiveness of the sword is necessary to create the barriers for existence of our reality to stand upon, just as the checkerboard symbolizes the possibilities within the framework, the natural laws.
The power of the sword is in it’s ability to choose. It can choose to be direct, focused, accomplished, but also the potential within it’s inherent duality it can be divided, drawn into the ego if it does not see the wholeness and higher purpose of the division. The intellectual side must be balanced with the intuitive side to be whole.
This card shows us there is balance, stability yet it is not restricted. It has an entire spectrum to choose to move within that is abundant with possibilities. Here we see it has chosen with the mind, what it wanted to accomplish and is showing confidence in where it is. The hand can wield the sword as it so chooses, here it has chosen balance of all possibilities.
This card is concentrated, open-minded, fair, just, understanding, adaptable, intellectual. What else does this card mean to you?
How can you apply the symbolism of the sword in your own life? Can you think of circumstances where your mind was divided or where your ego caused you to draw your sword? Have you used the sword (mind) in a way that was destructive, or used your intellect in a way that brought you closer to a victory harmonious for others as well as yourself? Could you find peace and victory together? Have you found using your intellect alone without bringing forth the dove (cups) energy, has left you less than balanced?
The sword is decisively active, it builds on the potential that preceded it. It has chosen to act in the world.
We are really looking forward to next week, with an interesting discussion to share.
We hope you enjoy learning about Tarot at Symbolic Living with an easy to understand approach for beginners. We also hope you can find personal relations to the card symbolism and think about the imagery in new and expansive ways.
Some weeks we may talk about more than one card, history and more. As we go along things will change and develop, we’ll keep it interesting for you.
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