What does the ace of swords tarot card mean?

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The ace of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Potential, innovation, focus, inspiration


The Suit of Swords is all about mental energy and power, spirituality and creativity. It is associated with the element of Fire, which is strong, energetic, and passionate. All of the Aces in the Tarot deck signify new beginnings, and the Ace of Swords is a sign that it’s time to go after your goals. You are filled with energy and enthusiasm, and it’s time to put your thoughts into action. If you’ve been looking to start a new project, this is the perfect time to go for it. You’re brimming with potential and you are likely to succeed if you put your mind to it.

Reverse Keywords: Defeat, lack of direction

Reverse Meaning

Reversed, the Ace of Swords suggests that you are full of potential, but have no idea what to do with it. You may be struggling to know what you want, and this is making you feel uninspired and unmotivated. Or, you may have a number of different ideas for different projects, but are unable to bring them to fruition. Other responsibilities or commitments may be causing you to be distracted and unable to give your full attention to what it is you really want to do. This is understandably frustrating, so it’s time to take a step back and look at what you can change or delegate to others so that you can focus on what you really want to be doing.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)