The four Aces are all about potential and new beginnings. They are seeds, gifts from the Universe (or gifts from raw material, should you want to remove a Designing Intelligence from the equation).
Like an actual seed, however, this potential for “biggerness” requires action, decision, openness and risk in order to grow and unfurl into full-blown life. In fact, nothing “new” can happen in a New Year unless those four traits are applied to any and all potentials.
The Ace of Wands offers us the baton of passion, enthusiasm and vigorous vocational pursuits. This Ace presents the fuel to kickstart grand plans, adventures and courageous acts. By grabbing this baton, we can increase our chi, which is another word for prana or life force. How you “grab” the Ace of Wands will likely be as unique as your personality, but this reaching for something faster, hotter or more dynamic requires some type of movement on your part. In other words, light the match to that stick, baby!
The Ace of Cups offers the cooling, soothing waters of spiritual communion, abiding friendship and profound emotion. This Ace presents the opportunity for new friendships, deepening bonds, expanding compassion and cleansing forgiveness. How you choose to drink from the Ace of Cups will also be unique to your temperament, but receiving the refreshing, rejuvenating and healing waters from this vessel will require a willing heart and an open hand.
The Ace of Swords offers the sharp, honest blade of truth. This Ace presents us with the gift of clarity, analysis, strategy and severance. How you choose to wield the Ace of Swords will determine what you will cut from your life, how you will draw protective boundaries and when you will say NO or ENOUGH—and will require an objective eye, loosened tongue and balls of steel.
The Ace of Pentacles offers a sturdy platter filled with material opportunities, including environmental comfort, physical well being, possessions and food. This is where the “rubber meets the road”, to use a cliché, and how you choose to take care of your planet, your body, your surroundings and your resources often affects the other three Aces in ways you may not realize. We may be “spirits having a physical experience”, but this vehicle we travel in requires maintenance and care. In fact, the other three Aces may not express themselves fully when we do not value or tend to the Ace of Pentacles. How you choose to “spend” this coin will require mindfulness and present-moment awareness.
So tell me: how do you plan on approaching the gifts offered by the Aces in 2011? Is there any particular Ace/s that you'd like to work on? What Ace is the most intimidating to you...and the most welcoming? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Card images from the Universal Waite Tarot, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.