The Ace of Swords (or the Ace of Wind in the Penguin tarot) is the first card in the Sword suit of the Minor Arcana that represents mental clarity and a mental breakthrough. This can be indicative that there are new ideas as well as something that is successful from a lot of thought being put into it. This card represents new intellectual energy. This can represent a breakthrough that results from thinking in a new way or just a breakthrough that comes to you.
Or, you may have a realization suddenly about something that you have been confused about or had a narrow-minded attitude about. Or, it may represent a realization that there is a reason for the struggles that you have endured. Seeing the path ahead of you as a result of this realization helps you accept the troubling situation better.
For instance, you are taking a math course in college needed for the degree you plan to obtain. You are frustrated over the fact that you are struggling in this math course. You have been on the verge of giving up for a while. However, you suddenly realize what the benefits are for having this particular degree, and if you threw in the towel, you would lose those benefits. And you also realize that you must pass this math course. Instead of struggling, aim to pass the course by looking for tutors that can help you get through it. And that is what you are going to do.
When The Ace of Swords shows up in reverse, it is a sign of you changing your mind over something. You are giving something a second thought, or it can represent clouded judgment. The sayings that represent this card in reverse is ‘I don’t know’, or ‘I need to think about this again’.
This card represents all air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.