"A white radiating angelic hand, issuing from clouds, and grasping the hilt of a sword, which supports a white radiant celestial crown from which depend, on the right, the olive branch of Peace, and on the left, the palm branch of suffering. Six vavs fall from its point.
"It symbolizes invoked as contrasted with natural Force; for it is the Invocation of the Sword. Raised upward, it invokes the Divine Crown of Spiritual Brightness. But reversed it is the invocation of demonic force, and becomes a fearfully evil symbol. It represents therefore very great power for good or evil, but invoked. And it also represents whirling force, and strength through trouble. It is the affirmation of justice, upholding Divine authority; and it may become the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and Affliction."
The Ace of Swords is Kether in the scale of Yetzirah. It is the Crown, the Primum Mobile in the Formative, Astral World. Kether in the world of shadowy images is erratic and has great potential for creation or destruction. It is in some ways, cut off from the purer influences of Atziluth and Briah. The Ace of Swords is the essence of the element of Air, the Vav of Tetragrammaton, which corresponds to the Ruach of the human soul... that is the mind and reasoning faculties. That is precisely why the quality of Invoked Force is attributed to it. The energy invoked by it through the powers of the human mind can be for good or evil, for it is a double-edged sword. This is the primary difference between this card and the Ace of Wands which is a very natural force, closer to the Pure Source.
The Ace of Swords is painted in the colors of yellow and violet, the flashing colors of the entire suit of Air. In the center of the card, a mighty sword is held in an attitude of strength by a masculine angelic hand. The style is that of the Sword of Solomon, having upon its hilt the crescents of the Moon. (The Moon is the planet which best represents the Astral World of Yetzirah.) The point of the sword passes through the center of a translucent crown which is Kether. Hanging from the crown on the right is the olive branch of Peace on the side of Chesed (Mercy), and on the left, the side of Geburah (Severity) is the palm branch of Suffering. These two branches indicate two possible courses of action. The six vavs which fall away from the sword's tip refer to Tiphareth, the seat of the Ruach (mind) or Air center on the Tree of Life. The background color behind the yellow clouds is white brilliance, which is the color of Kether in the World of Yetzirah, the Prince scale. This is a continuation of the brilliant light that Kether has emitted in the two preceding worlds of Atziluth and Briah.
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