Two of Swords

Written by Jacob. Published on October 28th, 2011 at 02:21.

Two of Swords Rider Waite Tarot

Two of Swords Artwork Description

“A hoodwinked figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.” 1

Two of Swords Associations

  • Two: Duality. balance. male/female relationship. conflict/contradiction. unison/synchronization.
  • Element: Air.
  • Timing: Spring; instant; speed/swiftness.
  • Direction: East/flowing; unexpected.
  • Keywords: Intellect, the mind; communication, sharing of thought; insight, wisdom; philosophy, enlightenment; movement, creativity, origin of conflict.

Two of Swords Basic Meaning

The Two of Swords is about conflict and struggle. Holding up tension, slipping peace. Temporary quiet or rest.

Additional Interpretations

“Can’t see forward and can’t see backward; stuck between two opposites; coming to grips with the duality of a situation; dealing with gossip; indecision; a search for balance.” 2

“This is a striking image of a blindfolded lady with two swords. Crossed swords suggest a clash of ideas or words. The blindfolded lady, indicating impartiality, crosses her arms and so holds the swords apart. This is the knowledge of how to keep these two sides from fighting. It is very similar to a Mother who tells her bickering children: “I don’t care who started it, go to your rooms!” Thus keeping the children apart and the house at peace.

Each child wants mom to take his/her side, but she’d decided to stay neutral and keep them likewise, which means that her solution is temporary. The fight between them hasn’t been resolved, it’s just been put on hold. Sooner or later, this truce will end.

This can indicate the querent feeling like he/she is in the middle of something as a peacekeeper, or in a situation where tensions are running high and the lull in fighting isn’t going to last. It’s possible that the querent is trying to deny or ignore the fact that they didn’t solve the problem and a reader would do well to remind them that they can’t put off making a real decision for long.

When we are faced with two opposing ideas or decisions with equally valid arguments, we do have a tendency to say, “I can’t make up my mind right now, let me be!” But sooner or later, our minds have to go back online and we will have to decide what to do.” 3

“Meaning: Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms, affection, intimacy. Gifts for a lady, influential protection for a man in search of help

Reversed: Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October 26-27, 2011
Nothing much remembered.