Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. ~Khalil Gibran

Aces are always about beginnings, and you cannot have a beginning without first having an ending. This week’s Soul lesson/task is centered around you being who you are – being true to yourself, while at the same time asking you to step up to being the leader or hero you have inside you, and doing so with humility, grace, and appreciation. And do this without losing sight of what you set out to accomplish. You have unrealized potential that lies dormant and unused. What sadder circumstance than not reaching your full potential? I can’t think of one.

I’m certainly guilty of not putting my skills to use. It’s just easier to sit back, keep my head down, and bitch under my breath instead of trying to help in a “hopeless situation anyway”, isn’t it?

“Spiritually this card is the seed of your strength. You may not now the full magnitude of what divine strength you have until the very end, when you have moved it and channeled it through a more oppressive and all-surrounding Earth and claimed it as your own, discovering and building it into something amazing in our life, the full potential of your will, or your self.”

Marie White, on the Ace of Wands

By harnessing the almost chaotic energy of the Ace with the energy of the King of Swords, you can direct all that potential into a precise goal. The King knows his truth and his vision is clear, he is honest and direct and is an excellent communicator.

While the King of Swords represents the trained and focused mind, the Knight of Cups represents the heart, both physical and spiritual. It (the Heart) is the source of life, your strength, and sustenance. In the Mary-El Tarot this Knight is Perceval of the Grail Legend. In his search for the Grail he first encountered it as an innocent and naive young Knight. He was not yet sure of himself and did not have the life experiences to know what to do or which questions to ask. These qualities were gained as he continued on his quest and grew into his maturity as life was experienced, and lessons learned, many times the hard way, building character worthy of the Grail.

“The Grail is available to the innocent, children, as pure and perfect as they are, but at that time it is just a vision; to truly grasp the grail one has to have character, strength, and the goodness of their own will. The grail is the heart, love, compassion, that which is the source of eternal life.”

~Marie White

And the reversed Magician which warns of squandering natural gifts and skills in the name of neutrality. Some might call it being neutral while others might call it being lazy. Either way, in most cases, it’s unacceptable and especially for this week’s Soul Growth opportunity.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
― Desmond Tutu