There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
~ Victor Hugo
This week, we stand on the razor’s edge of new beginnings and ways of seeing. The Ace of Swords is our guide, as we begin with a beautiful and rare Grand Sextile, but then head straight into a difficult T-square, between Mars and Uranus on Wednesday. And if that’s not enough, we celebrate the first harvest on Thursday, with the ancient festival of Lughnasadh.
The Ace of Swords in the Waite-Smith deck shows a hand issuing from a cloud, grasping a sword, the point of which is encircled by a crown. There are many interpretations of this crown – it may represent victory or authority, material success, or perhaps even the Crown Chakra, since the intellect is the most common way by which we move beyond our own immediate experience.
Just above the hand, at the hilt of the blade, we see golden yods, which bring the promise of divine blessings.
The Aces in the Tarot, of course, represent new beginnings. Each Ace depicts the essential energy of its suit. Aces are the growth process, whether that growth is physical, mental, or spiritual.
Since the Swords suit relates to the element of Air, it represents the intellect, information, choices, and the mind. The Ace of Swords therefore suggests new ideas, inspiration, discovery, communication, and judgment.
The Two-Edged Sword
As you are aware, knowledge can be a two-edged sword, and its power can be wielded for good or ill.
The sword itself is neutral, just as information is; it is how that power is used that makes all the difference.
The Ace of Swords is a particularly decisive card and holds the possibility of noble words and deeds. It promises clear vision and freedom from confusion. It can enable personal brilliance and the ability to understand others.
Of course one of the biggest news stories so far this week is the possibility of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The appearance of the Ace of Swords points to a new dialogue between these old enemies, and enormous potential for change in this war-haunted part of the world.
In global affairs and also on a personal level, look for a turning point or breakthrough that brings new clarity and wisdom.
This week’s card may herald new, possibly aggressive beginnings that promise victory, success, and the settling of old conflicts. It may also indicate a complete change of mind and/or lifestyle.
Time to write a new story
Now is the time to envision and live a new story. Old scripts and perceptions that are painful, outdated, and dysfunctional must make way for clearer vision, a more honest narrative about who we are, and a more innovative future.
What new idea in your life is germinating? What knowledge or training do you seek? In what ways do you hunger for the truth? There is the possibility of new information, or an important decision, that could change everything.
This sword must be grasped only with greatest courage, skill, and integrity, for here is an idea whose time has come.