Visually, you might confuse this image with Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur. Like in the myth, you have something potentially great in front of you. Each ace in the Tarot represents a new beginning. They are seeds of what can be. Swords can heal or wound. The person holding it has to make a choice to use it as a tool or a weapon.
If you draw the Ace of Swords, you are beginning to cut through the B.S., committing to a specific direction, or setting pen to paper. Whatever the task at hand is, it will take some thought. This is the beginning of the process. You have a very good chance of succeeding, but you need to be willing to move forward and assert your rights. Choose wisely. You have it within your power to be a hero or a villain.
Lovers: When the Ace of Swords after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.
King of Rods (Clubs, Wands, or Staves): The Ace of Swords in combination with the King of Rods (Clubs, Wands, or Staves in other decks) is explosive.
The Suit — Swords or Spades
The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.
The Number — Ace or 1
It all begins with one, the self.