Ahh the Aces, aka the beginning card to kick off each minor arcana suit. They’re like the splash introduction that gets you pumped to move through each card of the suits.
Aces 101: A New Beautiful Beginning. There are four (Ace of Wands, Ace of Pentacles, Ace of Cups and Ace of Swords). Each brings its own magical energy: wands (fire), pentacles (earth), cups (water) and swords (air). So, we’re combining two things here, the idea of the start of something with an elemental energy.
Ace of Wands: Creative Spark. Initiate.
When I see this card the visual that comes to mind is a match that has just been lit. Pure fire. The Ace of Wands is that initial strike. It’s the intense power, heat and light that needs a second and then is a steady flame. We’ve all experienced that intense creative, sexual and inspirational energy that comes at the drop of a hat, right? We are flooded with those emotions that get us excited and wanting to pursue what the Universe just presented us with. Think of that as an Ace of Wands moment. We take that momentum and gather ourselves before we move onto the next card. Something to be mindful of with the Ace of Wands is that flame needs something to burn in order to maintain itself. We need to keep adding logs to keep the fire from dying. We also need to make sure the fire isn’t overtaking us. Allow the fire to do it’s thing, but at the end of the day you need to control the fire, the fire doesn’t control you.
Ace of Pentacles: Abundance. Prosperity.
I adore this image of a hand holding or offering a gold coin to whoever wants it. The questions I begin asking: The Universe is handing you something, but are you ready to take it? Do you want it? Whatever your choice is, it’s the right one. What is meant for you is for you. There are no missed opportunities here. I see the Ace of Pentacles as both monetary support, but also our value system. It’s who we are to our core and it fuels our drive as we move throughout the world. It’s also our physical body. When the Universe hands us something we must check-in with how it feels (spiritually, emotionally and physically). It’s that moment where we think about what we’re accepting or rejecting. Once we are offered something we want, we are then able to continue on with the pentacles journey.
Ace of Cups: Emotionally In-Tune. Feeling Seen.
A beautiful chalice that’s surrounded and overflowing with water. Just straight up abundance and good vibes. Ace of Cups touches on our internal landscape and our intuition. The version of ourselves that we are now is beautiful. The way we feel, our past experiences, our pain, our victories, they have all shaped us and helped us grow into the person we are today. The Ace of Cups is a reminder that our emotional journey has been full of ups and downs, but we are strong. We are emotionally fulfilled thanks to the work we’ve done and our support system. We are here, we are proud and we are ready to go.
Ace of Swords: Mental Clarity. Truth.
Simply put, mentally sharp and ready to take on whatever life throws at us. Using that big sword, we are able to cut through nonsense, fight for what’s right and feel so clear in what we need to say. The Ace of Swords is ready for the journey. The Ace of Swords is ready to speak their truth and although it may not sit well with others, it needs to be done in order for us to process and move ahead. It took us a while to figure out what we want and how we wanted to say it, and now that we have reconciled with how we feel, we aren’t holding back.
Those Aces aren’t playing around y’all. Tell me about the Aces in your deck. What’s a detail you’ve noticed or something that jumps out at you when you look at the card?