The Ace of Swords, in this context, indicates the rule of the empirical / dualistic / egoic mind (cf. the all too often “arbitrary will” of the “emancipated personality” per MOTT ).
“arbitrary will” (411); “emancipated personality” (119—cf. 116, 125, 127). NOTE: The Tarot Aces are not discussed in MOTT and it’s treatment of the Tarot suits is Kabbalistic whereas this approach is best characterized as Neoplatonic.
The Ace of Batons points to Spirit / Presence / Awareness / God’s will / our real will— as we are in the beginning —in Christ, the image and likeness of God (cf. GK Nous / Logos / Mind of Christ / Divine Intelligence).
NOTE: “Action” as in Divine activity; the ground of authentic action… (not fallen reactivity).
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