March 19, 2011 § 3 Comments
In the deck of cards, the word “spade” is derived from the italian word spada (which means “sword”) from the Italo-Spanish suit.
Spades are often the trump suit in card games, the dominance order being spade (highest) > heart > diamond > club (lowest). The Ace of spades then, is the card of highest value in the deck of cards.
The primary symbolic meaning of the sword is of a wound and the power to wound. As a sword of sacrifice (sacrifice in the cosmic sense, where spiritual energy is acquired through the sacrifice of oneself, through the inversion of terrestrial and celestial orders) it is seen as a symbol of physical extermination and psychic decision, therefore also a symbol of spiritual evolution. The sword is a powerful weapon, but has the potential of being both positive and negative since it is double-edged.
Sometimes the sword is connected to the element of Air (thought, spirit, intellect, inspiration), other times with the element of Fire.
Other keywords: truth, clarity, adversities, conflict