I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
~ Galileo Galilei
What a perfect card for heading back to school! This week, it appears that we stand on the razor’s edge of new beginnings and ways of seeing, with the Ace of Swords as our guide.
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 represent new beginnings. Each Ace depicts the essence of its suit and therefore can be nearly as important and far-reaching as the Major Arcana cards. Aces represent the genesis and 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, perception, and the mind. The Ace of Swords therefore suggests new ideas, inspiration, discovery, communication, and judgment.
The Grand Irrationality
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.
As the pressure in global affairs increases, including the contentious U.S. presidential campaign, this Ace is our liberator, demanding clarity and truth-telling. It cuts through noisy, emotional grandstanding, and demands rational discourse, fact-checking, and understanding.
As Robert Wilkinson has discussed for many years, we are living in the time of the “Grand Irrationality,” which is “a long wave configuration set into motion every time a planet makes a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to Neptune and Pluto.”
It’s why over and over, we are seeing choices being made that are completely contrary to our personal or global best interests, or which are based on make-believe rhetoric. It’s the energy feeding the daily news stories that leave us dumbfounded with shock, because they seem completely crazy.
The Grand Irrationality is propping up the facade of business as usual, that denies there is any such thing as global climate change. It feeds the pretend, air-brushed infotainment world that ignores the system-wide racism, misogyny, poverty, and violence that is the everyday reality for many in our citizens. It is the boiling water that the frogs find themselves in, unable to decide when, exactly, to jump free.
This sharp Ace may poke us to get out of our comfort zone, and even save ourselves. Rather than abdicate sensibility, it urges us to use the gift of intelligence that is our birthright. It warns us to beware of those who wish to downplay or even ridicule education and reason.
Time to write a new story
In global affairs and also on a personal level, look for a turning point or breakthrough this week that brings new clarity and wisdom.
This 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.
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 is stirring? 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.
Although the Swords often indicate conflict, don’t shy away from new ideas, new wisdom or your own authentic truth. Remember that conflict, change, and even confrontation, although difficult, are not always harmful; without them, there is no growth.
With courage and strength, dare to think, speak, and see clearly. Stay focused. There are intellectual and spiritual riches at hand, but only when we are fully awake and conscious.