Ace of Swords
This tarot card is the card of alignment and focus. In a reading, it urges us to cut away the old to make place for the new, and bring clarity to our lives. We are also encouraged to make new beginnings, as long as we are clear what we want. The opinions of others should be taken, but we should be able to sort through the clutter, instead of getting confused. Our thoughts are the first step towards achieving our dreams, so we need to take responsibility for them, and ensure a brighter perspective.
The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.