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SUITS OF CARDS: SPADES
Spades, sharing the keenness of
Swords, may indicate judgment,
power, ambition,
decision-making, and
skill.

Like the Scorpios of
the zodiac,
spades are seen
as acting with
certain
knowledge and
a kind of unholy
courage.

The archetype of Justice is always
depicted with a sword as one of
her attributes (in addition to the
blindfold and the scales).

Swords have become associated
with rational intellect. For example,
the cutting of the Gordian knot was
seen as an act of reason and
resolve against confusing
nonsense. The hemispheres of the
brain are divided as though cut by
a sword.


Finally, the notion of a
"double-edged sword" represents
sacrifice, and in particular the
balance of opposites--right and
wrong, good and evil, being and
nothing, etc.