The Ace of Swords Reversed in Tarot


The Suit of Swords is one of the Minor Arcana’s four suits in a 78-card tarot deck. It focuses heavily on idea generation and being proactive. It’s swift, powerful, and decisive while deeply involving communication. Of course, there are positive and challenging meanings behind each card in the suit, so let’s take an in-depth look at The Ace of Swords and what it means when it appears in your tarot spread. 

The Ace of Swords Meaning 

As with all the aces, The Ace of Swords hints that you’re about to have a breakthrough moment, so it’s an excellent time to work towards your goals as the path to new beginnings is practically paved in gold. With its sharp blade and symbolizing the power of intelligence, the sword can cut through deception to find truth and justice. As a sword has two edges, you must remember that it’s a weapon that can fulfill noble deeds or cause pain and destruction, so use it wisely.

Ace of Swords Reversed Meaning 

The Suit of Swords is powerful, but The Reversed Ace of Swords can result in feelings of powerlessness. The chaos of confusion and indecisiveness is difficult but not impossible to deal with. If you are faced with this card, take heart as you are now armed with the best defense against your current predicament: knowledge. Don’t give up after struggling to find the answers or relief you seek. Despite how you feel, such problems are merely a fleeting moment compared to moments when everything is going well. Strive to be assertive and transparent in all you do and say to avoid allowing underlying issues to fester. 

Lack of Ideas 

The Ace of Swords reversed can represent obstacles pertaining to your goals or current focus. You may know what you want but have no idea how to get there. These feelings may manifest as a block or a mental struggle to get a major project completed. When you sit for hours with a pen in hand and nothing comes to mind, it’s easy to become discouraged — especially if you crave success. Contrary to popular opinion, a simple break to destress with your favorite hobby can often achieve nothing except expending more of your precious time. Routine rarely provokes new inspirations, so look to novel experiences for the breath of life you need. You may end up being surprised at how easily a fresh experience gets your creative juices flowing.

Love & Relationships 

One of the more frequently seen interpretations refers to a struggle of communication in a meaningful relationship. Your friend, family member, or partner may ordinarily be respectful of your needs and desires, but your words seemingly fall on deaf ears. In other situations, your anxiety may keep you from expressing what needs to be said. You tiptoe around the subject instead of being upfront about the problem. In all cases, this is a failure of effective communication that can cause a growing divide in any relationship. Often you simply need to gather your courage and calmly express your frustrations, focusing more on your feelings and the effect it has on you as opposed to wagging your finger in chastisement. Not everyone is stubborn or out to cause intentional conflict, but it may be time to move on if you encounter those that are.

Money and Career 

When all appears to be going so well with your cash flow, investments, or career, The Ace of Swords in the reversed position is a warning to do a double-take. Trust your gut when you get the vibe that a particular person or situation is untrustworthy. Perhaps you’ve been the victim of a scam or are being manipulated by someone close to you. As much as we wish to believe in others’ good, unsavory people and ulterior motives exist. There is no need to be paranoid that a snake is lurking under every stone but beware of the signs that something is too good to be true. If you discover the source of your worries, avoid taking hostile or spiteful actions against the perpetrator. Do your utmost to be the bigger person by demonstrating your self-control instead of sinking to their level.


The Reversed Ace in the health sector means you may come across some alternative health care providers or ideas that sound too good to be true. As with any medical advice, be sure to do your due diligence. Have others tried the same treatment or medication? Is there substantial research to back up any alleged claims? Whatever it is, make sure you don’t blindly go into any treatment program.


Spirituality is an essential part of everyone’s life, but unfortunately, there can be people who take advantage of vulnerable individuals trying to find their path. Be cautious if you’re asked to get into a so-called spiritual organization that requires a fee to belong. You shouldn’t need a big institution to learn more about yourself. You can grow spiritually anytime, anyplace, and anywhere in your life — free of charge. 

Want More Tarot? 

You just learned the meaning behind one card in the entire deck, so if you want to learn more, why not book a session with one of Keen’s professional tarot readers? Tarot is a practice that’s conducted with the intent of predicting potential outcomes while assessing various influences connected to a person, circumstance, or both. A reading can help with every aspect of one’s life, including personal growth, relationships, self-care, healing, significant changes, goal-setting, and more.

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