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What does the Ace of Swords mean?

May 9, 2015

Ace of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ace of Swords:
“Wisdom cannot be taught — it must come from one’s own experience and inner struggle.” — Ram Dass commenting on Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

To understand this, keep in mind the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Here is a fun definition of their difference:
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Ten of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersAlthough I have associated this quote with the Ace of Swords, several other cards in this suit may also have a relationship with it. For example, the Ten of Swords might indicate the result of acquiring a lot of knowledge without making sense of it all through the innate wisdom of your inner voice. This may be why there are smart people who do foolish things. (You can see a bit more about this concept in a couple of my pithy Tarot posts for the Ten of Swords: one about information overload and another about over thinking.)

So. What do you think?  While thinking of this quote, try to see how your understanding of some of the Swords cards may be expanded.

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