To muster the heart, to stretch to the edge of what beckons you is your ticket to ride. This is what you are for. Your capacity to imagine is a subversive technology, altering everything. Dangerous.
Melissa la Flamme, author, Jungian, and shamanic guide
What a perfect card for the first full week of Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere). After last week’s endings, we arrive at the promised dawning. Welcome this week to the Ace of Swords.
The Aces of the Tarot represent new beginnings, strength, speed, and energy. Each Ace depicts the essential, initiating energy of its suit.
They hold the entire gamut of their suits’ gifts and speak of the growth process, whether that growth is physical, mental or spiritual. In the Swords suit, the Ace is very much about our thoughts — both offered and received.
The timing of this visit could not be more appropriate, because in many traditions, Spring is associated with the Element of Air, which is represented by the Swords in the Tarot.
The Finger of Fate
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 the material world, or authority, perhaps even the Crown chakra, for the intellect is the most common way by which we move beyond our own immediate experience of ourselves.
In addition, you may know from past discussions that this Ace is the only one that depicts yods.
Yods in astrology may also be known as The Finger of God, The Eye of God, or The Finger of Fate. The latter is particularly common, since “yod” is closely related to the Hebrew word for hand (“yad“).
So when yods appear in the Tarot, there is a sense of fate moving, and major forces and life-changing events are in play. Or, from another viewpoint, the Divine is interacting with events.
Whether in the short term, or in the long run, this will ultimately be understood as a blessing.
Speaking of astrology, Sunday will be the first Full Moon of Spring. Astute sidereal astrologer, Elsa Elsa writes:
Full Moon in Libra: March 28, 2021 – If There Is Something Festering
The Full Moon in Libra takes place on March 28th at eight degrees. It’s particularly notable because it will oppose not only the Sun in Aries, but Venus and Chiron are also at 8 eight degrees…
I’m super bullish on relationships but this does look tense. Libra is Venus-ruled. Venus is in Aries where is likes to challenge “the other,” if not flat out spar with them.
These are also Cardinal (controlling) signs. That’s for good or ill.
If you control yourself – good. If you attempt to control others… well, all hell can break loose. Many don’t seem to realize this.
Chiron is sensitive. Someone’s wound may be triggered by this… yours or theirs? It may not be that easy to tell…
The Moon, Mars and Saturn form a Grand Trine. This may be an optimum time to “clear the air” if there’s something festering between you and your partner or anyone else you’re faced off with. This would be a great result for something like this.
It will be interesting to watch this. Venus is involved so it may be “kiss and make up.” But “fight and make up” may be more likely.
So perhaps we can think of the Ace of Swords as an opportunity to lance the festering wound, to clear and cleanse it. Although it may be painful in the short run, speak your truth (without rancor, preferably), with clarity and courage. It’s time to clear the air for Spring’s new growth.
The Ace of Swords is a particularly decisive card, denoting precision and liberation from confusion. What it penetrates is never the same, so it may also indicate a complete change of mind and/or lifestyle.
The Hermetic Quarternary
As you may know, my entire website is built around the principle of The Witch’s Pyramid, sometimes called the Hermetic Quaternary. It entreats us, “To Know. To Will. To Dare. To Keep Silent.” These four commands are the traditional foundation for weaving magick in the world.
The Ace of Swords is the powerful representative of the first of these, as we initiate spellwork, set goals, and begin projects of all sorts. We must first have clarity regarding our intention before we act on behalf of our desires.
What new possibilities in the realms of communication, learning, and judgment are now calling to you? How are you envisioning changing, healing, or deepening your understanding in the ways that matter most?
This week, look for a turning point or breakthrough that brings new clarity and wisdom. This would be an excellent time to sign up for a course of study, or gather important information about a new project or path for yourself. Welcome new ideas, points of view, and opportunities for communication.
Although the Swords often indicate conflict, don’t shy away from new thoughts, alternative perspectives, or previously unseen parts of your own authentic truth.
Lastly, as I have written so often, our sacred imagination is our most powerful tool, and we must be on guard to protect it from harmful exposure and from those who wish to control or subvert it.
Remember that change, although often difficult, is not always harmful. Without it, there is no growth.
Step away from the morass of apathy and deception. With courage and strength, we can dare to think, speak, and see clearly, for there are intellectual and spiritual rewards waiting.
Take up your Sword and together let us claim our ticket to ride the currents of Spring with new eyes, refreshed thoughts, and a steadfast commitment to understanding.