Aces are the inception of a process. The interpretations are endless so let’s look at the key elements of the Ace of Swords.
Swords represent the suit of Air, which rules all mental transactions. Our thoughts are an obvious attribute, but we are also looking at the exchange of “soft” data. This could include education, technology, and finance.
Communication is vibrations through the air. That doesn’t include only sound. It includes light, microwaves, and the subtler ends of human perception. These subtler perceptions are also related to intuition, another aspect of the suit of Air.
Air is ruled by Mercury, both the planet and the archetype. Fleet of foot, the fastest planet, this attribution reflects the mercurial and fluid nature of the suit.
Planning and foresight is the key.
An Ace, or 1, is the number of new beginnings. The Aces correspond with Kether on the Tree of Life of the Kabala. Kether is the “crown” or source of all that is. Beyond this “crown” is chaos, the raw material of creation.
Seeds are the best analogy for Kether and the number 1. Seeds carry all the potential of a tree or other cultivation processes. How the potential is configured determines what result is obtained. The seed is the tree is the seed.
When the Ace of Swords shows up, the beginning of something is implied, a beginning that could achieve a full result, no result, or any other result in between. The seed is subjected to variables, which are the influences of the other suits and the Major Arcana cards.
In the past, it speaks of plans already set into motion. From the future, it speaks of possibilities available. In the present, it is a breath, a moment between inhalation and exhalation at the quantum level, that encourages the plans that bring joy as well as those that bring freedom.
Planning and foresight is the key. The Ace of Swords offers the opportunity to influence the outcome at the very beginning of the process.
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