The four Aces represent the four cardinal points, the four seasons, respectively the four major astronomical events, the two equinoxes and the two solstices.
The Ace of Wands represents the Spring or March Equinox, The Ace of Cups represents the Summer or June Solstice, the Ace of Swords represent Autumn or the September Equinox and the Ace of Disks represent the Winter or December Solstice.
Generally, the Aces represents opportunities, impulses coming from the outside, those type of things we cannot control, but we can take advantage, or we can miss. However, if the card is in the reversed position, they signify setbacks, missed opportunities, respectively delay in our plans.
The Ace of Wands represents action.
Straight (Upward), the card signifies that it is time to start something, to begin a new project or relation, it is an opportunity for doing something new, something different, to take risks and explore new possibilities, be experimental.
Reversed may be a warning to don’t risk anything, for now, be precocious, plan everything carefully and don’t step outside your comfort zone, follow the known paths and patterns. It also may signify setbacks in whatever you have planned to do.
Translated to a period, the Ace of Wands represents Spring, respectively the period between 21st March and 21st June. It also represents West.
The Ace of Cups represents emotions.
Straight (Upward), the card signifies changes in your emotional relationships, may represent a new friend or partner on the horizon.
Reversed signifies a breakup or a missed opportunity to make a new friend or partner.
Translated to a period, the Ace of Cups represents Summer, respectively the period between 22nd June and 22nd September. It also represents South.
The Ace of Swords represents thoughts, respectively spiritual matters.
Straight (Upward), the card signifies new, sometimes ground-breaking ideas, possible revelations, death and reborn, finding new spiritual paths, respectively evolution to the next level, transcendence.
Reversed signifies bad ideas, wrong choices, fears.
Translated to a period, the Ace of Swords represents Autumn, respectively the period between 23rd September and 21st December. It also represents Est.
The Ace of Disks represents material and practical matters.
Straight (Upward), the card signifies the materialisations of the things we started. We took action with the Ace of Wands, we get attached emotionally with the Ace of Cups, and we think it through with the guidance from the Ace of Swords. The Ace of Wands represents the materialisation of all this spiritual – and alchemical – process; it is the fruit of all of our effort. Without this final stage, the whole process is meaningless.
Reversed signifies failure, the impossibility to finish what we started, material losses.
Translated to a period, the Ace of Disks represent Winter, respectively the period between 22nd December and 20st March. It also represents North.
Excerpt from the book ‘The Unified Esoteric Tarot’ by Attila Blága. Full or partial use of this text for commercial or non-commercial distribution by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorised by the author.
(Excerpt from the book “The Unified Esoteric Tarot – General introduction and Guidebook” by Attila Blága. Full or partial use of this text for commercial or non-commercial distribution by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorised by the author.)