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After reviewing Druid Craft Tarot Deck in my previous post, Celtic Themes: The Druid Craft Tarot, it occurred to me that part of understanding, really understanding, a new deck is working with it card by card.  So I decided that I would do that, over time, with this new deck and share a bit of what I'm learning here.

Not only will this help acquaint me with the deck.  It  will also help reconnect me with elements and numbers, as well as as with themes and symbols of Celt myth which I find so very fascinating.

So I am beginning with the Ace of Swords because aces are the best place for any beginning and even though spring is approaching we are still very much in winter here.  And I will share some of my thoughts here in this post.

Aces are the unstated number one in tarot and one is the number of new beginnings.  Every beginning is a place of great potential and contains the seed of all subsequent results.  We may always start over in life, certainly, but a good beginning to any endeavor is an auspicious sign widely recognized throughout every culture.

The suit of Swords is the suit of air.  Air represents inspiration and clearing.  Like all of the elements it can be destructive but the power of air can be especially unpredictable and sudden.  As such, the suit of swords cuts through our lives with the clear, sharp current of change - such is the sometimes sudden nature of this ace.

In all aces this change implies birth or rebirth - the beginning of a project, relationship or undertaking - and, in the case of Swords, any of these as the product of creative thought or inspiration.  That this ace rises from the waters of creativity is, to my mind, perfect - for inspiration and creativity are closely linked.  As with all aces, the Ace of Swords, contains a tremendous energy.

The birch trees and new growth, at the edges of this card, add an additional layer of meaning to its interpretation.  The birch was held in high esteem by the Druids.  They considered it a keeper of tradition and symbol of renewal and growth.  Not insignificant, is the fact that the birch takes root in the most barren of soil - even in here in Northeast PA in our still remaining banks of coal.

The opening between the mountains, is to me, an opening in the landscape of our lives and the bird that flies over ahead a promise that we may rise above. Beautiful skies abound in the Druid Craft Tarot and I think its perfect that this one shows a new day and a new opportunity to make something from the gifts that we have given. 

The Druid Craft Ace of Swords bring to mind the sword Excalibur. Those who are familiar with the story will remember that the sword Arthur drew from the stone early on, was not Excalibur. Excalibur was the sword Merlin directed Arthur to after that first sword broke.  Heeding Merlin's advice, Arthur received Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake when a hand rose from the middle of the lake to offer Arthur the sword as pictured here.

Excalibur was not an ordinary sword, however.  For while its steel cut, its scabbard healed and I think there is much we can apply from this story to our understanding of this ace and suit of Swords as a whole.  It is not insignificant to me, either, that the last act of Arthur's life was to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake for all beginnings proceed from the ending which came before.

On a personal level, in my own readings, this ace indicates my writing projects and I was very happy to see it turn up as one of the first cards I drew with beautiful new deck - a wonderful beginning!

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