Today's Tarot post is about the cards that people like to see: the Aces.

Aces represent new potential. They are not a guarantee that you'll get anything but they do suggest that the opportunity is there (you just have to act on it). They're popular cards because it's pretty hard to get a negative reading with an Ace. A reversed Ace could suggest that you are ignoring an existing opportunity or what you hoped for isn't going to materialize.

Quick interpretations for the 4 Aces:

- Ace of Wands: exciting business opportunity, new sexual attraction, spark of creation, chance to exercise your will
- Ace of Swords: the "Ah ha!" moment, clarity, truth, knowledge
- Ace of Pentacles: opportunity for material gain, chance to create something real, a solid offer
- Ace of Cups: something you want very much, opportunity for emotional fulfillment, new love, pure creativity

A few things I've noticed about certain Aces:

- If you are asking about a new relationship, the Ace of Pentacles is the strongest indicator of something lasting. Pentacles are associated with Earth and this Ace is the most likely to develop into something real.
- The Ace of Swords will give you the truth, whether you want it or not. It's not always pleasant but it always tells you what you need to know.

Here's a fun little spread to work with the Aces. It's a Yes/No spread and I'm aware that some folks feel Yes/No questions are limiting. I'll discuss more complicated spreads in future posts but this is a nice one if you want a straightforward answer.

Ask/write down your Yes/No question. Shuffle your deck and count out the cards, stopping if you get an Ace. If you get to 13 cards *before* you hit an Ace, leave that pile and count out the next pile (stopping when you hit an Ace or card number 13, whichever comes first). Repeat once more. You will end up with 3 piles. You should have *one* of the following outcomes:

- 3 piles of 13 cards with no Aces
- 1 pile of of less than 13 cards and an Ace on top, 2 piles of 13 cards with no Aces
- 2 piles of less than 13 cards and an Ace on top, 1 pile of 13 cards with no Ace
- 3 piles of less than 13 cards and an Ace on top

Zero Aces mean a definite No. The card on top of each pile (the 13th card) will give you information about why this is so. 1 Ace is a weak Yes, 2 Aces a stronger Yes and 3 Aces (which is pretty rare) is a definite Yes. If you get 1 or 2 Aces the 13th card(s) on top of the remaining piles will tell you what is blocking your "Yes" answer. The type of Aces you pull will tell you how/why your Yes will manifest.

Obviously this spread is not the final word on any decision. I like to use it as a clarifying spread, sometimes as a follow up to more complicated spreads when I want to confirm an answer.