General Meaning
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
An Ace of this suit in this position symbolizes a pivotal act, or fateful step, that will set loose a chain of events leading toward your desired goal. It refers to a birth or new beginning, the inauguration of an endeavor, and the building of the necessary commitment to see a project or plan through. It personifies an aroused Will that is totally focused, aiming at the bulls-eye.

In the Advice Position
Be ready to act on imminent opportunity.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Ace of Wands in this position encourages energetic movement toward activity. Brace yourself and get ready to spring into action. You may need to make your move soon, so make sure you are fully prepared. Trust your instincts and spontaneity. When the opportunity comes, you may want to seize it without hesitation.
So quicken your senses and raise your antenna. There’s excitement in the air, and supports your immediate ambitions.



The Ace of Wands is a symbol of possibility in the area of creativity, excitement, adventure, courage and personal power. In readings, it shows that a seed of bold enthusiasm has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a creative idea, surge of optimism or need to act boldly. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event.

When you see this Ace, examine your life to see how its potent, confident energy could work for you. Be daring and brave. Sometimes you have to risk to get what you want. Look for the path that will excite you and push you beyond your limits. Seize the initiative, and let your enthusiasm take you to new heights. Wands are the suit of individual power and fulfillment. This Ace tells you that a time of passion is beginning. You will be able to assert your best for all to see.

The Ace of Wands is also the card of creativity. Under its influence, you can become a conduit for inspiration and invention. Forget tired, worn-out solutions. You have the chance to be original. Trust your own creative potential, and there will be no end to what you can achieve.


Upright: Inspiration, power, creation, beginnings, potential
Reversed: Delays, lack of motivation, weighed down

In the Ace of Wands, a hand reaches out from a cloud, as if a spiritual opportunity or offering is being made, to grasp a wand that is still flowering, growing and developing. The leaves floating down with the wind signify material and spiritual progress and balance. In the distance on the left, there is a castle that represents the promise of what opportunities may come.

The Ace of Wands is a sign to just ‘go for it’. This highly action-oriented card sees you feeling incredibly inspired and enthusiastic about pursuing a new idea or project that you have in mind. You are all revved up and raring to go. Use your creative energy and passion to take the first steps and get this project underway. Even if you like to have everything planned out before you begin down a certain path, the Ace of Wands is encouraging you to listen to your instincts and follow your gut. If it feels like a good idea, it probably is. So, start with a few basic actions to get things underway, and then continue to grow and develop your ideas through more complex actions later on. The important thing is that you act now, rather than spending more time planning or researching.
The Ace of Wands is also indicative of a time in your life where you have a ‘breakthrough moment’ and feel very inspired and motivated about a particular idea or passion. Your eyes have been opened to a whole new world and you are now very excited about the possibilities and the opportunities that are available to you.
You are showing huge potential at this time and are driven by a strong, creative force. It is as if there is a latent talent within that is just bursting to get out and be fully utilised. This is also a perfect time to draw upon your imagination and to make your dreams reality.
Something to keep in mind with the Ace of Wands, and any Ace for that matter, is that it is but a seed that is yet to grow into something more solid or sustainable. You are being offered an opportunity here that shows great promise but it will be up to you to make the most of it and to maximise the potential for the longer-term. It is almost like the spark that is needed to fuel a huge fire but you must work hard to build the fire up as the spark itself is not enough to make such a large fire.
The energy of the Ace of Wands can also signify a restlessness or uncertainty as to how to proceed. You may have energy and passion but not yet have a clear outlet for its expression. All of these wonderful ideas are beginning to build up from within and you are just bursting with energy but now you must find a way to effectively express this energy in a way that will set you up in the longer-term.

The reversed Ace of Wands suggests that you are finding it difficult to clearly define what it is that you want. This lack of direction may be sapping your energy levels and leaving you feeling incredibly unmotivated and uninspired. As a result, you are often asking yourself if this is what you really want in life and whether there would be something better elsewhere. However, when you think about what other opportunities might appeal, you may struggle to really know what you want. To remedy this, you need to first focus on where your true passions lie. There is no point working towards a goal if you are not motivated or excited about reaching that goal. So, take some time to contemplate what it is you really aspire to and what you want to achieve out of this situation.
The Ace of Wands reversed can also indicate that you are weighed down by existing responsibilities and commitments and therefore cannot pursue the new ideas that you have. You need to revisit the Ten of Wands and release yourself of some of those burdensome responsibilities so that you can free up your time to pursue your newfound passions. Alternatively, you may take a break from your usual routine in order to allow your new ideas to flourish and grow.
The reversed Ace of Wands can indicate frustrating delays are getting in the way of you being able to progress with your projects and ideas. You are likely to feel very impatient at this time, particularly if you are highly action-oriented and you have just started to gain momentum in your activities. You might also be in a position where you have an amazing idea but you have not yet found the right outlet for that idea. Again, you are beginning to become increasingly impatient that you have not been able to manifest that idea just yet but perhaps that is for the best. Timing is essential, so be patient and wait for the best opportunity.


Ace of Swords Tarot Card Key Meanings:
New ideas, new plans, intellectual ability, victory, success, mental clarity, clear thinking, breakthroughs, ability to concentrate, communication, realising the truth, vision, force, focus, intensity, stimulating people and environments, new beginnings, new projects, justice, assertiveness, authority, making the correct decision

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Ace of Swords represents new ideas, new beginnings, new projects, new plans and breakthroughs. It also indicates intellectual ability, mental clarity, clear thinking and the ability to concentrate. This Minor Arcana signifies communication, vision, force, focus and intensity. It represents making correct decisions, being assertive and justice and authority. The Ace of Swords can indicate good news in relation to legal matters or legal contracts or letters that may be to your benefit.

In a health Tarot reading, the Ace of Swords indicates that you will discover the motivation and mental clarity you need to moderate your excesses and get control of any bad habits or start a new health plan. It can also represent needing surgery possibly due to an accidental injury so be careful when it appears! This card can also indicate pregnancy, look to the supporting cards to confirm this.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship the Ace of Swords can indicate that you may be facing a challenge in your relationship. This Minor Arcana card tells you that you will get to the truth of the matter and breakthrough the fog that has been clouding your ability to see this situation clearly. Once you have the mental clarity to look at your relationship objectively, you will be able to make the correct decision with regards to resolving the present issues. It also tells you that clear communication, being honest and speaking up for yourself is crucial if you want to have the sort of relationship you deserve. If you are single, the Ace of Swords indicates that you may meet someone soon who you will connect with on an intellectual level or with whom you share a similar mind-set or attitude. You should find you that you can communicate easily with this person, the conversation will flow and you will find their company very stimulating.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Ace of Swords can represent getting a new job, promotion or project which will provide you with a stimulating environment or mentally stimulating people to bounce your ideas off. It can also signify a time in your career or work life where you will be brainstorming or coming up with new ideas and communicating them to your colleagues or team or taking charge of a new venture with vision and focus. It is also a card of victory, triumph and success so it is a good business omen if you are starting a new project or business. In a financial Tarot spread, the Ace of Swords tells you not to let your heart over rule your head at the moment in terms of finances. Don’t make financial decisions based on emotional influences. For instance, if a friend asks you to invest in their business or lend them money, this card tells you to use your head and not to let your emotional attachments overrule your financial or business sense. It could end up costing you more than the amount of money you invest or lend.

Fresh new ideas abound when the Ace of Swords appears in a spirituality Tarot reading! You may be letting go of old belief systems that don’t serve you any longer. You may be realising a new spiritual truth when it appears or embracing new spiritual ideas or attitudes. Exciting times lay ahead.
Ace of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Lack of ideas, intellectual inability, failure, hostility, arguments, insults, destruction, confusion, misinformation, memory loss, inability to concentrate, lack of communication, creative blocks, frustration, injustice, hate triumphing over love, lack of assertiveness, making the wrong decision, lack of stimulation

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Ace of Swords reversed can represent a lack of ideas, misinformation, confusion and failure. It can also indicate intellectual inability, lack of mental clarity, memory loss and an inability to concentrate. This Minor Arcana card reversed can signify a lack of communication, creative blocks, lack of vision and frustration. It represents making wrong decisions, injustice and a lack of assertiveness. It can also indicate bad news in relation to legal matters or legal contracts or legal letters that may not be favourable to you.

In a health context, the Ace of Swords reversed can indicate that mental stress or a lack of mental clarity may be having a negative impact on your health. This may be manifesting itself in stress related symptoms such as an inability to concentrate, migraines, memory loss or fatigue. This card can also indicate a difficult pregnancy or problems conceiving. Look to the supporting cards to confirm this.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship the Ace of Swords reversed can indicate conflict or confusion in a relationship. This Minor Arcana card reversed can tell you that miscommunication or a lack of communication may simply be causing issues in your relationship. However it can also indicate a more deep-seated hostility or resentment leading to insults, arguments and in extreme cases, the destruction of the relationship. If you are single, the Ace of Swords reversed indicates that you may meet someone soon who may have an attitude or mind-set regarding relationships that conflicts with your own. For example, if you are seeking a committed relationship you may find yourself dating someone who only wants a fling or casual-relationship or vice versa. You may find yourself making the wrong decision or choosing potential partners who do not share your values or beliefs or you may simply not be in the right mind-set at the moment to form a healthy romantic relationship.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot spread, the Ace of Swords reversed can represent failing a job interview or getting a new job, promotion or project which lacks the stimulation you need or isn’t mentally challenges enough to hold your attention. It can also signify that you are experiencing creative blocks in relation to your career or work life. Any ideas you are coming up with at the moment may not be workable in reality or you may experience difficulty in communicating your ideas to your colleagues or team. It is also a card of failure, destruction and confusion so it is not a good business omen if you are starting a new project or business. In a financial Tarot spread, the Ace of Swords reversed tells you to check and recheck any investments, contracts or legally binding agreements before signing as they may not be doing as well or be as favourable as you think.

The Ace of Swords reversed can indicate that you pursuing new belief systems that do not bring any benefit to your life. It can also indicate that you may be letting hate triumph over love. No matter what harm someone has done, you should always strive to let go of hate and embrace love for your own sake more than anyone else’s. As the saying goes “Hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Make a concentrated effort to let go of any negativity you may be holding onto and release it to the universe.