The Aces herald beginnings, beginnings in love, finance, money ventures, or mental endeavors—according to cups, wands, pentacles, and swords. Beginnings may be strong and powerful, overwhelmingly passionate, or rife with potholes and points of contention we should be cautious with. Beginnings are always exciting, often unexpected, and lead us on a journey through life which often winds up at the door of our destiny.
Ace of Pentacles
Since the Aces herald beginnings and this one usually deals with those things connected to the element of Earth, and more specifically—money, material goods, acquisitions, growth and expansion; you’re coming into something substantial when this card shows its face. Upright, this card bodes well for new and upcoming financial ventures. This card tells us it’s a good time to start that business, make that investment you were thinking of, or even buy that lottery ticket.
But reversed, this card is like a little tap on the shoulder, a little voice in our ear whispering, “Be careful!” It can also suggest that there is a weasel lurking amongst your financial and business associates. It’s warning us to check contacts carefully, consider motives, use your intuition and don’t be rushed into something when you don’t feel certain.
Ace of Swords
The suit of swords deals with the element of Air, the mental aspect of life—communication, study, writing, thought processes, that intangible part of us, but the part of us that connects us to the world through our human intelligence. Upright, this Ace may be telling us that we’re going to pass that test, that it might be a good time in life to go back to school, start writing that book, or to sharpen up on a few subjects we’ve always found interesting.
Reversed, however, the Ace of Swords can be a brutally painful card. It may be speaking to us of emotional and mental abuse or illness, or some other form of mental instability. This card may be telling us that we have to work harder at mental endeavors in order to succeed. It may be warning us about decisions we have made, or are about to make, that may not be in our best interests. Sometimes this reversed card is trying to tell us that we may be our own worst enemy.
Ace of Wands
The set of wands are often centered around business and finances. Since wands are associated with the element of Fire, there seems to be more passion, more urgency, more movement in this area than pentacles promote. Again, we’re at beginnings and the beginning of any ventures whether in finance or romance, often begins with a walloping amount of passion. Upright, this card is like a no holes barred flashing green light. “Go for it!” it shouts in our ear.
But reversed, this card may be warning us that a situation is too hot to handle. It’s telling us to be careful, be cautious, think things through and slow down. We may be playing with fire, and who wants to get burned? This card, reversed, is warning us to temper unbridled passion and enthusiasm with a little common sense and restraint. If you’re at the beginning of any financial endeavor, double check contracts, verify information, and look into alternative sources.
Ace of Cups
The suit of cups is attuned to relationships, love, and romance. If you drew this card and you are single, there’s a very good possibility that love is coming your way. If you drew this card and you are in a relationship or married, odds are that there will be a renewal of those first sparks you experienced early on with your partner.
This card also heralds blessings, a communion—of body, mind, and spirit, a new spiritual awakening and enlightenment, the discovery of a new life path and destiny.
When reversed, this Ace speaks of loss—a loved one is gone—sometimes suggesting that they have moved on to another relationship, they have physically moved, or a loved one has passed over. All three scenarios have appeared in my readings, being announced by this one mysterious enigmatic card.
Ace/cups: I’ve noticed that this card almost always comes up for someone who is alone, romantically speaking, and that’s because this card heralds a new relationship on the horizon. Love is coming, just hold on to your hat, listen for that special voice, watch for those eyes that captivate you. You’ll know it when you see it, when you hear it, when you feel it. That’s what the Ace of Cups says, be ready, open, willing to take it all in and embrace the moment.
There are many types of relationships, and many types of people who come and go from our lives in a variety of ways and at various stages.
I was doing readings in a book store once, when a young girl, about twelve years old, came into my booth. I generally don’t read for children, but this was a Harry Potter in-store book party, so parents were at hand.
She sat down across from me, very wide-eyed, quiet, and expectant, absolutely adorable. As I turned the cards for her, this card, the Ace of Cups, came up (reversed). I was hesitant at first, then I told her, “This card, when it comes up this way, often means that someone we love has left. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that they’ve ‘gone away’ for a while.”
Her eyes opened wide in amazement, and the expression on her face was like a light bulb going on. She opened her little mouth and enthusiastically began telling me about her cousin, her dearest friend, how they’d been together ever since they were ‘little’; and how her cousin and her cousin’s family had just moved away. She told me how sad she was, how much she missed her cousin and all about plans to visit each other. She prattled on and on, and I just sat and let her talk.
When she left my booth, she met her mother on the other side with a high-pitched incredulous voice, “She said that someone I loved had left, but that it was okay!” I could hear her enthusiastically talking to her mother, her chattering little voice fading as they walked away.
Ace/wands: If you’re thinking of starting your own business, changing careers or companies, or in any way starting over where employment and a career are concerned, this is the card you want to see. It’s like the green light at a drag race. When you see it, step on the gas, put the pedal to the metal, and roar down the pathway, cause it’s clear and victory can be yours at the end of the line.
Just remember, once in a while this card turns up reversed, and it says, “Hang on to your hats, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” No one ever said that beginnings and change are easy and effortless, and it’s this little glitch that usually catches people off guard.
Ace/pentacles: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; hold on to what you have; a hand-out; kiss my ass…These are only a few of the impressions left with me by the Ace of pentacles. I suppose I should be all happy and hopeful and grateful when this card comes along. Traditionally it means ‘new financial beginnings’, tra-la-la. Big fat deal. This card is chintzy. It wants to make you think it’s all rich and important and that it’s going to be bringing you some tremendous miraculous windfall. It lies.
The Ace of pentacles is just like some sparkling toothy smiling man with a big car and a wad of cash in his pocket. He’s never what he seems to be, and he never delivers on anything, including sex, money, or personality.
In the end, it’s a big let-down.
The above text are excerpts from my books:
“Tarot: A Witch’s Journey”
“Tarot for Grownups”
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