The double-edged sword that cuts for good and ill.
Every ace embodies an opportunity that lies within us. The Ace of Swords represents the principle of higher reason, which as perceptive power leads to clarity, lucidity, and resoluteness. In contrast to the following card (2 of Swords), which expresses the corrosive power of doubt, the effect of the mind is shown here in its illuminating, clearing, and freeing manner. It is a matter of penetrating and analyzing a problem with all of the available acuteness, without losing the perspective of the whole, without discussing too much or trivializing it.