Minor Arcana - Swords
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Swords correspond to the element of Air – being invisible, it was believed to be the breath of spirit. Without air, we are not conscious and without consciousness, we have no sense of identity.
Air symbolizes the realm of the conscious mind, the faculties of abstract thought and conceptualization of ideas.
Swords represent the development of the rational faculty in both its light and dark forms – through quarrels, conflicts, and separations that thoughts and words can provoke, and yet also through the clarity and understanding that the mind can offer.
The Sword is a double cutting edge. It can show the ambivalent power of the mind, which can pierce the most unfathomable object or situation with its discernment, yet it can also cut and sever with its inflexible edge.