Ace of Swords, Linestrider Tarot
Theme: walking the line, The Razor's Edge
Or as the text on the box of the Linestrider's Tarot says: 'The Linestrider's Journey'
"It is a known fact that whenever a sadhak (spiritual aspirant) begins to walk on the road towards God-realization, he/she is often beset with tremendous challenges. These challenges strike at the sadhak from 2 opposite directions."
From the Outside: "the materialistic world, in which all sadhaks by default, today have to live. Immersed in such a world, a sadhak faces the ever-present danger of falling off the spiritual path, by giving up the pursuit of high ideals such as integrity, honesty, courage, simplicity and truthfulness."
From the Inside: "his/her own mind"
"...steady and deep meditation is possible only after substantial effort has been expended towards controlling one's thoughts at all times and under all life circumstances, and not just when one is sitting down to meditate."
"Only when the mind has been brought under such a strict control that no adverse (or happy) situation of life can disturb its calmness, only when the turbulence of thoughts is thus stilled - only then is [...] meditation [...] possible." (link)
Card: Ace of Swords
"The Ace of Swords represents the need to approach things with a clear mind and focused intent. Seek out facts, truth, the hard data. For now, it's best to set aside your feelings and look at things with a critical eye. This is not always a gentle cards; it often pushes you toward uncomfortable truths or forces you to set aside your idealism or fantasies in favor of a more analytic approach."
While I think the general/classic line for this Ace goes something like:
"new ideas, new beginnings, new projects, new plans and breakthroughs. It also indicates intellectual ability, mental clarity, clear thinking and the ability to concentrate." (thetarotguide),
here's an 'in-a-nutshell version' of the Linestrider's interpretation:
"When it is time to "cut through the B.S.," one card in the Tarot deck will do the cutting for you: The Ace of Swords." (keen.com)
"...often it is you who have been lying to yourself, denying the truth about a relationship or other intense situation in your life."
"The Ace of Swords reversed can indicate a lack of clarity, poor communication, undefined goals, and other muddles that may be keeping you from success and happiness."
"Double-check the facts, be suspicious, read the fine print!"
The Linestrider's Tarot is also available as an app.