We all know what swords are – they have become such a fabled artifact from our history that many models (display and working) are owned by hundreds of thousands of people. When wielded well, it is a symbol of power, skill, and knowledge – you can't know how to use a sword without hours and hours of practice and learning. A sword can be more as well, something negative and terrible to behold. Swords can be a symbol of inescapable pain... as a sword is, after all, a weapon. It can also be a tool used by the cruel to control others. A sword can be many things, but it is up to us to use it to better the world rather than to make it worse.
In the Ace of Swords we see jutting and dipping hills in the background, blue and purple in color. In the foreground is a cloud, from which juts an arm and a hand holding a sword. This is no ordinary sword – a crown sits around the very tips of the sword, and from the crown dangles various plants and bits of leaves. This sword is a powerful thing, a device for cutting, cleaving, and revealing all.
Mental power is what the swords suite represents as a whole, and as the Ace of Swords this card represents the very seat of mental power. This power includes things such as intelligence, wit, cunning, and deductive reasoning. Most of all, remember that we all, for the most part, carry the same capabilities to pursue this intellectual power – we simply have to pursue it ceaselessly if we wish to attain it. Perhaps this is what the Ace is asking of you.
The heart of the swords suite also holds the concept of skill – hard knowledge that is only earned through time and effort. This card could be telling you to pursue a skill or a certain type of intellectual knowledge in order to bring happiness and balance to your life.
Lastly, this Ace of Swords may be asking from you truth – not necessarily happily-ever-after truth, either. Most truth is hard to swallow – it's sharp, it's cutting, and it can be used as a weapon against others, just like a sword. But also like a sword, the truth can cut off our binds and free us.
When you see the Ace of Swords, consider asking yourself these questions. What does mental power mean to you? How does intelligence, wit, cunning, and deductive reasoning play a role in your life? Have you used these traits against others recently, or has someone used them against you? Can you see the positive side of these traits, as well as the negative? How can you bring the positive aspects into your life?
The Ace is the true embodiment of a suite's message – any Ace card will symbolize the heart of what each card in that suite boils down to. This means, of course, that it can be hard to parallel these Ace cards against other cards in the deck. The King of Swords can be seen as most similar to the Ace of Swords, seeing as the King is most adept at seeing the traits that the Ace represents in himself and utilizing them fully. The Page of Swords also has a lot in common with the Ace of Swords – he is just discovering these traits in himself, and is beginning to learn how to wield them in a powerful and productive way.