The Card of the Day: The Ace of Swords (Reversed)

 “Guarding.”

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The Ace of Swords symbolizes reclaiming your personal power by taking charge of your life. Like all Aces, it symbolizes a new beginning is at hand. Your personal strength is like a sword, waiting to be drawn from a scabbard. When you grasp your power and wield it, you are capable of transforming your energy, from victim to victor. The Ace of Swords cuts through trance-like states of mind. It flashes with dazzling light, awakening you to embody your majesty.

Do you feel your personal power has been depleted somehow? Are you avoiding something that you know will make things better if you just get the ball rolling? Are you overwhelmed by anxiety, causing you to to feel uncomfortable with confronting a particular area of your life?

A mighty hand grasps the the flashing sword. Sparks crackle from its blade. The Sword represents your vitality, your life force, your personal power. The sword is crowned. This symbolizes that when you grasp your power, you become fit to rule. You are the King or Queen of your own world, vested with the power to make it as successful as you dare. The mountains symbolizes the great heights you will ascend to, if you make a decision to act.

An olive branch dangles from the left side of the crown. This shows that your life will actually feel more "at peace," when you take action. This seems counterintuitive to our fears which tell us to avoid things that might create a conflict. However, inner turmoil comes from the avoidance of confrontation, not from taking responsibility.

A palm branch graces the right side of the crown. Palm trees are primordial, tough, and hearty. They can endure desert-like heat, and torrential hurricanes. This symbolizes that your personal strength makes you a lot tougher than you think. You can endure much more than you may be giving yourself credit for.

Today, a new beginning is at hand. Don't dwell on yesterday, last year, or what might lie ahead. Your personal power is crackling in the present, right now. Where will you send that energy? Cut off the pipeline to fears. Channel the energy to your center, to your seat of personal authority. Take action today on something that you have been avoiding and you will feel powerful.

Do something today to make yourself proud.

When the Ace of Swords appears reversed it represents protecting the new positive beginnings you are working to create. When the blade of a sword is depicted upright, it symbolizes that it is “at the ready.” When a sword is upraised it is ready to fight or to act. An upraised sword represents an ability to respond to any anticipated action. When a sword is depicted with its blade lowered (as in this case) it symbolizes that the sword is in a state of peace, rest, and that it is guarding something. When the Ace of Swords appears reversed it can mean that you need to stay vigilant and protect something that is just getting its start. This could be new habits, a new mind-frame, a new perspective or a new creative project. Aces always represent new beginnings, and the Ace of Swords reversed could be representing that you need to take special care of something in its fragile, that is still in its beginning phase. This card can also mean that you need to protect yourself during a sensitive time of change. You may have been instituting improvements on yourself and your situation that are still in their earliest formative stages. For these positive new developments to take root you protect them until they are strong enough to stand on their own.

The Ace of Swords reversed can also indicate a need to change your perspective from feeling powerless to powerful. This card indicates that you can indeed triumph, but first you must find peace in your capabilities. Like the palm branch you are far stronger than you think. You must take action and take charge of your life's direction and protect the changes you are making as you are just getting started. Have courage and protect the new person you are becoming. Sometimes the Ace of Swords indicates that it is better for you to act alone at this time rather than trying to reach some sort of consensus. The Ace of Swords crackles with personal power. Do not fear being powerful and protecting the life you want most for yourself.

Elliot Oracle