Your Chosen Card – Ace of Athames Upright Salem Deck
When upright, the Ace of Swords suggests new beginnings related to principled thinking and effective communication. You are able to focus your mind, see things clearly, cut through confusion, invoke intense force, and put matters in perspective. With the courage of your convictions, you cut through the crap and dont suffer fools gladly. Swords are weapons of battle, and the upright Ace indicates the courage to face obstacles and fight for what you believe. You are likely to emerge victorious from your struggles, with a greater sense of personal identity. In the myth of Perseus and Medusa, the hero uses his strategic intelligence to outwit the snake-headed monster and chop off her head with his mighty sword. Sigmund Freud pointed out that the sword has long been a symbol of a powerful phallus.
Keywords Upright: Decisive action, invocation of great force, intensification, enlargement, establishing ones identity, clarity of thought, seeing the truth, triumph, recognition, keen insight, a breakthrough, impregnation, birth or seed of an idea, incisive use of words, the power of the mind, the focused use of energy.
Timing: Astrologically, Air is linked to the autumn months.
Astrology: Primordial energy of Air, the element associated with the season of autumn.
Number Symbolism: 1 – initial spark, will, creation, beginnings, new life.
Crowley/Thoth: Great power invoked for good, or for evil if reversed. Strength in adversity. The Sword of Discrimination and Justice.
When Ace of Athames is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Ace of Athames is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Ace of Athames is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Ace of Athames using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: This last admonition confused me because I spent a lot of time playing with two of the Protestant kids in my neighborhood. Neither seemed very much interested in religion. As far as I could tell, they never tried to corrupt my immortal soul; they just wanted to ride their bikes, go for hikes, and play ball. The mismatch between the nuns teachings and the evidence of my senses only served to deepen my scepticism.
Complete Book of Tarot: Crowley/GD: Phallic solar energy. Strength, power, natural force, vigor, speed, energy. Natural force as distinct from the invoked force of the Ace of Swords.
Complete Book of Tarot: From Italy, the tarot deck traveled to France where it found safe haven in the city of Marseille, a major center for the production of tarot decks in the following centuries. In Italy this deck was originally called the carte da trionfi, that is, the trump or ‘triumph cards’a reference to the allegorical cards numbered I to XXI (with or without the inclusion of the Fool.)Historian Gertrude Moakley noted that the fifteenth-century tarot deck painted by Bonifacio Bembo followed the pattern of ancient Roman triumphal marches (trionfi) celebrated in Petrarchs famous fourteenth-century poem ‘I Trionfi.’ Images of triumphal marches can still be seen on the triumphal arches of the Forum in Rome.
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Complete Book of Tarot: A trump suit of twenty-two cards consisting of an unnumbered Fool and twenty-one numbered trump cards, often called the major arcana (‘greater secrets’).