One (Ace): The Roots of the Beginning

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One stands for the beginning of things, the start: “This is the first step.” It can also stand for the best: “We’re number one.” And it can mean one thing or one person or one of anything (one God), which can be good or bad, depending on the situation.

When I read about the number one in different Tarot books, I get a variety of explanations, all similar but with subtle differences. Generally speaking, in the Tarot the number one symbolizes beginnings. But we’re talking here about the real basic roots of beginnings, As someone said on a list once, Ones/Aces don’t mean birth, they don’t even mean conception. They mean thinking about getting pregnant. And I think that’s a good meaning to keep in mind as a reminder that the number one stands for the idea, the inspiration, that gets you started in a new direction.

Part of the essence of one is that. like a seed, it in-capsules the entirely of the idea. That one brief flash, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to do this!” has, in embryonic form, everything the final manifestation will contain. This means that ones/aces are full of energy and excitment. To me, an “ace” feeling is that little special thrill I get when I meet someone who seems like they’d be a good friend, or when I get the first inkling of a new project (like starting this blog!).

But Aces are potential, not fullfillment. They signify unlimited possibilities and the raw energy of the Tarot suit, but they have no direction. We need to go beyond this raw energy to make our idea manifest. And that’s where the other numbers come in!

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