The New Year Expressed Through The Aces

We are entering this new year with a new moon in Capricorn, and a partial solar eclipse, also in Capricorn. Layer this over the number four (Emperor) universal energy for the year, and we have some serious power at our disposal!

The partial solar eclipse in Capricorn focuses on personal effort, organization, decision making, and dealing with things in the physical world. With the Sun and Moon both in the sign of Capricorn, we are looking at personal ambition and working to make things happen – manifesting things in the physical world.

What a wonderful boost into the new year! This is a great time to bring things to a close from the previous year, to define goals for the new year, and to determine at least initial actions to take to manifest these goals. Allow yourself to acknowledge any intuitive thoughts that come to you. Act on these thoughts, because they will set the foundation for the coming year.

We need to remember that we are the co-creators of our own world. We have the power to bring things in, and we have the power to react to any given set of circumstances in a way that will be the most positive for us. Be willing to recognize your own power and do not be afraid to use it constructively in your own life. Allow your imagination and your creative energy to work for you. This is the perfect time of year to work with the four Aces – the cards of absolute potential in the Tarot.


 The esoteric name for the Ace of Wands is the Root of the Powers of Fire. It is all about creativity, passion and fresh ideas. When meditating on this card, ask yourself what you are passionate about, what inspires you, and where your focus needs to go for the coming year. This is a card that is heavily focused on career, and career goals, but it also has to do with self-growth. Working with the Ace of Wands can bring in new ideas, and take you in a completely new career direction.


The esoteric name for the Ace of Cups is the Root of the Powers of Water. Here we are dealing with emotions, and our emotional world. When meditating on this card, ask yourself what makes you happy, what brings you joy. What are you looking for in relationship – with yourself, and with others. What do you need to nurture, within yourself and within others? This is also a card of intuition, creativity, and a connection to dreamtime – a true opening up of the heart. 


The esoteric name for the Ace of Swords is the Root of the Powers of Air. Here we are dealing with the mental realm, the world of thought and clarity. It is a card of analysis, and cutting through to the truth. When meditating on this card, ask yourself what you need clarity on. What problems/issues are you facing? Where do you need to make a decision? Along with clear thought comes the necessity for both commitment and action. With the Ace of Swords we bring order to the chaos of our life.


The esoteric name for the Ace of Disks is the Root of the Powers of Earth. Here we are dealing with the physical world, and everything in it. We are talking about the actual “doing” of work, about the manifestation of ideas, about finances, material things, and our “safe place” in life. This is where we find prosperity and security. When meditating with the Ace of Disks, ask yourself where your opportunities are for health and financial security. Look at how you are being recognized/rewarded for your successes. 

With each of the Aces, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Where do you fit into my life?
  2. What benefits do you bring me?
  3.  What challenges do you bring me?
  4. What actions do I need to take in this area of my life?

May the month of January find each of you taking the time to work with the Aces, to set your goals for the coming year, to define the first steps towards achieving those goals, and to living a balanced, grounded life.

Images are from the Thoth Tarot, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1978.

© January 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

3 thoughts on “The New Year Expressed Through The Aces

  1. Lynn

    I personally love the Thoth Ace of Cups card. It reminds me of the beautiful paper from Florence, which always stirs in me a love for art and creativity. All four of these cards manifest dynamic energy- much needed to remain productive when I just feel like hibernating.

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