Lessons from the Ace of Swords:
All Aces in the Tarot deck are intended to be seen as blessings, opportunities, and new beginnings. The Ace of Swords, however, tends to come along with a little bit of fine print: “Draw me not without cause, sheath me not without honour,” an inscription translated from Latin that was commonly engraved on 18th century swords from Great Britain, America & Spain to remind the soldiers that carried them to maintain their chivalry even in battle. To draw the Ace of Swords in a reading is to receive that message that no matter what challenges lie ahead, you possess the power, skills and tools to overcome them, but be careful not to let that power corrupt you. Whatever weapons you possess should only be used if necessary and for noble causes.
A Similar Lesson from Marvel Comics:
“WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.” — SPIDER-MAN
Wise words spoken to Peter Parker by his Uncle Ben shortly before his tragic death. Peter holds himself responsible for the death of his beloved uncle and inspired by the words of this infamous quote, vows to use his powers to fight crime and save lives instead of pursuing fame and fortune as a wrestler. A famous young carpenter from Nazareth was known to have said, “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12: 48), but it took a comic book legend to turn this bit of wisdom into a popular modern day proverb.