The Ace of Swords reversed can relate to resisting the mental aspects of change or new beginnings. When it is in its upright position it can indicate new ideas coming through and a sense that you may need to step out on your own to take a new direction. When you look at the card you’ll notice a barren landscape and therefore the desire to take a new direction may relate to getting to the essential truth, or something you need to do without getting caught up in chaotic emotions. In this case, the head may need to rule the heart in order to move forward on something.
When this card is in its reversed position, you may be aware you need to begin a new direction but might not yet be ready to take that step, or don’t have clarity yet.
The Suit Of Swords In Tarot
The suit of swords in tarot relates to the mental aspects of life where clear thinking (or lack of clear thinking) is the focus. Swords relate to the element of air in nature which connects to a sense of inspiration and new ideas. They can be likened to the ‘winds of change’, especially when it comes to an Ace, as all Aces in each suit represent new beginnings either on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual realm.
Love and Relationship Meaning
When interpreting any card in relation to a specific question, the meaning will always depend on what question is being asked and the context of the situation. However, some general ideas around the meaning of the ace of swords reversed relative to relationships and love could mean there is a new way of looking at the circumstance that you may not have considered yet. For example, you might be stuck on a problem regarding a specific relationship and this card in its reversed position could mean there is a new way of approaching this situation, but you cannot yet see it, or unwilling to see it. It could also mean you need cut ties with someone and strike out on your own, but have not yet mentally integrated this idea in order to take action. It could also be a sign that you need to take all emotion out of what you are trying to deal with and approach the situation in a more logical way. For example, you may need to look at the facts of a situation before you get caught up in the emotional roller coaster of something. You may be seeking a clear sense of justice, but are having difficulty with the clarity needed to reach this state.
This card can also indicate a tendency not to approach your relationships in a heartfelt way, and when this card is reversed it could mean you need to get out of your head and into your heart and connect with your feelings in order to gain a fresh perspective the situation you may be faced with.
When it comes to interpreting this card in relation to career, it could mean you are being challenged to start a new project or even a new career. You may be feeling confused about the direction of you career and may be thinking you need to cut ties with your current job, but are also acutely aware of the risks of striking out on your own and forging a new direction for yourself. You might have a sense that this is something you want to do, but don’t have the clarity as to how you are going to do this.
When it comes to the kinds of professions this card may relate to, professions that involve a high level of analytical thinking such as:
- Law and related legal professions
- Intelligence Analyst
- Database Architect
- Operations Research Analyst
- Bioinformatics Scientist
When it comes to your health, the Ace of swords reversed can relate to a lack of clarity in your mind. You need to perhaps get the facts about a certain medical condition and be clear about what your treatment options are. It could also relate to not setting clear goals for certain health outcomes you you want and therefore you are not able to execute actions that are needed because you are not first clear about what is you actually have to do to create the change. You cannot take bold action until you have all the information, so you may need some more time to gather the data in order to be clear about what you need to do.
Symbolism of the card:
- The hand coming out of the cloud relates to the air element in nature as well as inspiration from above.
- The sword relates to clarity, truth and justice. It may be an indication that you need to face a battle in order to reveal the truth of a situation and do it with skill and mental fortitude.
- The crown relates to the head and high level thinking
- The greenery hanging off crown is said to be an olive branch (left) and a date palm branch (right). Date palms relate to the Goddess Innana/Ishtar and the olive to Athena who is the Greek goddess who is said to have given the olive tree to Athens. Keep in mind that Athena is also the Goddess of ‘wisdom and war’, therefore further highlighting the double edge quest for truth where unskillful raw power may be used (such as war) or skillful use of words and intelligence can be used to solve problems.
- Barren landscape: a sense of isolation and coldness symbolising approaching a situation with the cold naked truth.