If anything is guaranteed to lift your heart, it’s the appearance of an Ace in a tarot reading. They are the epitome of new and shiny. But what other messages are contained in the tarot aces? Could we be missing something important if we don’t give them the attention they deserve?
The Tarot Aces, The Fool, and The Magician
Just like the Fool 0, the Aces represent pure potential, all the opportunities available in its suit are right there in that one card. But wait, the Aces are effectively numbered One in the tarot, not Zero. So perhaps they are also connected to the Magician? The Magician wields the power, the energy, and the intention to achieve whatever it is he desires. And so it is with the Aces. They point towards the power you have right now.
Each Ace holds the energy and power related to their suit. Aces aren’t passive cards, they are active. They don’t just represent potential, which needs some other agent to light the blue touch paper. The Aces are the match that lights the paper. They are a call to action.
Aces and The Number One
In numerology, the number One is the active principle. The number at which action takes place. The primal force, if you like. Think of One as a rocket firework and Zero as the sky. The active power of One is able to penetrate the darkness and light up the sky in a beautiful display, yet it’s energy is short-lived and the burst of energy fades fast. That’s what the tarot Aces are like. They are an expansion of fast energy, the rocket that ignites and begins a sequence of events. It is up to the seeker to take it, use it, and continue the momentum.
The Ace of Wands
The Ace of Wands is like energy on steroids. It is the sprinter on the blocks ready to burst into action. All the power is focussed and concentrated into those moments. When the Ace of Wands appears in a tarot reading, it means that great power is involved. Use it now, or it will dissipate quickly into nothing.
The Ace of Wands in a love reading points towards great physical attraction, an irresistible force of bonding, whether it be log or short-term. The whole affair starts with an incomparable energy. It might be a one-night stand, or it might last a lifetime, you can never tell with this card.
If this card appears in connection with a project, then it means that the seeker will be inspired, ready to take action to launch his or her ideas. The message from the Ace of Wands is not to hesitate, but to act now.
The Ace of Cups
The Ace of Cups is like a beautiful bubble of pure love. It shimmers and glows and fills your heart with joy. It’s liquid surface shifts and changes, reflects and contains. Everyone who sees it will feel happiness at its simple message of peace, love, wholeness.
When the Ace of Cups appears in a reading about love, then you know the tarot is confirming what is already in your heart. That the feeling which is blossoming inside you is for real. That all it needs is for the two people involved to nurture and feed it to make it grow.
When the Ace of Cups shows up in a reading that is unrelated to relationships, then know that whatever it is needs to be looked at through the perspective of pure love energy. If the question is about a new job, the Ace of Cups means that the work is close to your heart and if you can bring the energy of love to it, all the better. Should the question be about a new business, the same thing applies—view the situation through a lens of love and see if that changes anything.
The Ace of Swords
Imagine your thoughts like the tangled mess of thorns in Sleeping Beauty. Trapping and shielding her from the world. Along comes the Prince with his sword. Slashing all before him, carving a path of clarity. That’s the Ace of Swords – setting free, exposing the truth, shedding light on confusion. When it appears in a tarot reading, know that you can also slash through to the clarity you need.
Should the Ace of Swords show up in a relationship reading, the seeker will discover the truth. S/he will know without doubt whether there is love and a deep connection, or whether they are being misled. That moment of pure knowing is unparalleled.
When the Ace of Swords appears in a money, business or work reading, it tells you to cut back to the basics. Reassess the situation with a clear mind. Simplicity is key. What are you missing? What are you not understanding. Cut through the briar thicket to expose the truth.
The Ace of Pentacles/Coins
The Ace of Coins is one of the mysterious gateway cards of the tarot. It is the card of pure earth energy. It IS the Earth, with all its capacity to deliver exactly what we want, need, expect and desire. It’s a seed just about to germinate. It’s the egg beginning to crack open, the baby about to be born.
When the Ace of Coins appears in a romantic reading, it means that all the energies involved are coming together in a harmonic whole. That love melds with the creation of a strong connection. After all love needs to live somewhere, it can’t just exist in an Ace of Cups bubble. It can’t just reside in a burst of passion, or a moment of clarity. It has to be grounded, made manifest in the real world. So when you see the Ace of Coins, it’s time to move to the next step, to make your relationship solid.
In response to other questions, the Ace of Coins shows that something is about to manifest. Or that the seeker must bring his energy and ideas into a concrete form. The plans become a building. The business opens its doors to begin trading. The baby arrives. The ‘sold’ sign goes up. The dream is now reality.
Images from the Fountain Tarot.