2 May 2019 or 27 Nisan 5779 KETAR, ACE OF SWORDS

Day 13 Yesod of Gevurah (the foundation of disipline) we consider the importance of discipline in creating strong mutually benificial bonds between ourselves and others. When the Foundation of Discipline is combined with the Ketar of Swords it signals the need to evaluate and step back from our emotional investment in any situation, to gain a more objective view. It concerns the importance of our recognizing that fairness, self-discipline, self-control, free will and our responsibility for the choices we make are at the core of all our relationships: both with ourselves, those we enguage with and even the natural and material world.


Essence: The thinking realm where we concentrate, evaluate and step back from our emotional investment and values to gain a more objective view. It concerns fairness, self-discipline, self-control, free will and our responsibility for the choices we make.

The Ketar (Ace) of Swords represents the capacity for thought, reasoning and observing how things work. It is our ability to use intellectual powers for understanding the world, for learning and study, either in school or independently. 

We can step back from a situation we have been emotionally embroiled in and obtain a more objective view. Using the sword of reason we can cut to the underlying root of a situation.

Self-discipline and self-control enable us to concentrate and focus our mental energies to attain ourgoals. The Ketarof Swords expresses the potential for all mental powers and effects. Because the Sword cuts two ways, it represents duality and our power to choose. We can choose wisely between two competing perspectives. Thus, the Ketarof Swords represents the ability for equilibrium, for the skill to choose between opposites, to make balanced judgments and the scales of justice. It also represents the metaphoric or literal power of the surgeon who can cut away a gangrenous infection or perform a necessary caesarean, bringing a child forth who would otherwise die in utero.

The Bible story of King Solomon’s wisdom when discerning which of two women claimants was the true mother of an infant is a perfect example of the Ketar of Swords.

Our focus and will can have great energy for good or evil. We are now held accountable for the choices we make.


When the Ketar of Swords is reversed, it may indicate an approach of aggression or a tendency to violence. We may be the subject of some injustice or treachery. Conversely, we may be tempted to act unjustly.

It can be an indication that we’re being judgmental or unjust, or that our thinking is unbalanced or lacking in clarity. Possibly we are projecting our emotional baggage on a situation and need to step back, evaluate the root of our thinking and gain a more fair and balanced perspective. In the case of a potential surgery or resolution of a personal conflict, this position can be understood as a recommendation to get a second opinion.

Also, the reversed Ketar of Swords is an indication we’ve become so caught up in our process of gathering information about a subject, that we’re held back from taking necessary action. We’re trying to cut up reality into so many diverse parts that we become fragmented and hopelessly confused. We may be over-thinking a matter or situation.

When reversed, The Ketar may be signaling we need to examine more closely what we are creating since it can have unpredictable, unintended, unwanted and possibly disastrous consequences. Many scientific achievements have in themselves no moral or ethical compass: the discovery of nuclear fission, artificial intelligence, and gene splicing have opened doors to great good or destructive potential.