The Four Aces
On the Surface
At face value the Ace are the beginning of each of something or some sort of energy quality. The ace of cups could show the beginning of an emotional relationship. The wands could represent a new action taking place. Pentacles can be showing a new structure or framework starting. Take note it can also show the beginning of new financial resources. Finally the Swords is new intellectual realization or thought process. Each of the elements are associated with these cards and each have different qualities as well.
- Cups - Water, feelings, drama, intuition, compassion, feminine energy, and healing.
- Wands- Fire, passion, energy, action, force, power, drive, masculine energy.
- Pentacles- Earth, structure, protection, material matters, feminine energy, and growth.
- Air- Swords, the mind, intellect, communication, truth, plans, and speaking ability.
Each of the Aces generally have a hand on them. This is due to there connection with Kether on the Tree of life. The symbolism is to show that these qualities come from Source, the beginning. The hands are in a different in masculinity and femininity. The feminine elements have lady like hands and the masculine elements have male hands.
When we dig deeper in these cards, do notice that all the aces have hands that are clutching the proper tool associated with them, except water. We need to understand that water is a receptive element. It is a very giving element, all about reception. The others are more controlling, active, and in charge in nature. That's not to say that water can't have these qualities as of control as well. Water just happens to be to the most fluid and sometimes difficult to control.
When the reader says that these are the 'roots of the powers of' an elements they are saying that this is the primal unadulterated energy of that element. This energy can go either way if it's upright or reversed. It is always best to pull a few cards to understand what these cards are trying to express.
These cards may also be defining certain events in the clients life. For example if the first card is Ace of Pentacles, it may be indicating right off the bat, that the client is a very grounded person, very structure oriented, and protected. They are possibly in the process of building something or maybe they simply came into to knew money.
The Ace of Swords can be talking about some sort of victory on the horizon as well. We see that because on the card there are symbols of victory, the sword, crown, olive, and palm frond. I have seen this show up in a unique situation where a client was arguing with their friend. The client was speaking truthfully, and not the half-assed truth, but THE TRUTH. The friend was not happy about it. So it was interpreted as the client brought the intellectual and logical truth to the friend.
You may also consider looking at how the cards are place as a movie. One such reading showed the the King of Swords, the Ace of Swords as the cross over, point facing the Queen of Cups. Immediately, my gut said the king had hurt the queen with the truth. So you see sometimes interpretations are not all that necessary, look at how the images are being presented to you as if it were telling you a story.
When using the Aces, be sure to pull a few cards to get a good grasp on understanding them and how they relate to the reading and the conversation you are having with the client. Remember that these are the beginnings of something and need to be looked at deeper. I always recommend doing this with the card if they are reversed. Remember that if these are the roots of the powers of that element upright, (extremely good attributes) the reversed would be the extreme opposite.
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