THE ACE OF SWORDS:
This card represents the influence of Kether (Crown) in the Astral world of fleeting forms. It is the symbol of force called upon, which is a force invoked to cause/compel change. This could be either good or ill willed or as a Qabalist would say, this force is both dynamic and erratic, having the potential to be applied at will to different situations. This has often been called as the Sword of Whirling force and strength through trouble.
Swords represent Air/Mind and the Sword of Air as depicted on this card, shows us the very nature of this force. Air is hidden currents of force applied, and can be fleeting in its influence. Sometimes air can be seen as calm others as destructive when it "blows" down your houseand is the unseen force of Will that often creates situations seemingly out of no were!. This card is known as justice upholding Divine Authority; and it may become the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and Affliction.
ThisSword of will is often called an Athamae, the knife/dagger/sword that is used in Wicca, and other invoking ritual magic as a symbol of focused will by the magic practitioner. As you could guess, to be able to focus this Force of Kether upon the Astral World of fleeting forms is to hold those forms in your abeyance and/ or to compel change in situations that you define. However, Kether is the Original Will --Primal Will , that begins the force Process of Will-to-be and this card is also often called the Sword of Good and Evil. Good because as Will is properly used to expand and liberate life----it is of Good Will and if unknowingly or knowingly used to interrupt and /or reverse the motion of life expansion--such as a willfully closed mind rather than an willfully open mind----it is a mind in stagnation which must move, so it does so in reverse or live spelled backward which is called evil. This reversal of force is detrimental to the form of the one who invokes for ill purposes.
So as we know, force can be applied well or ill... but Force is necessary to create form and must be applied to move. The union of Force and Form is necessary for Life. I often call it "movement" and "Form" or movement and repose. Kether is the underlying cause of Motion.
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