Two of Swords

Written by Jacob. Published on July 1st, 2014 at 18:30.

Two of Swords Thoth Tarot

Two of Swords Imagery

Two swords cross blades and pierce a Lotus flower. Behind we see the two swords marked with a symbol for Libra and the Moon. Spiraling geometric wings appear in each quadrant originating from the center.

Two of Swords Associations

  • Formula: Chokmah of Yetzirah + Moon in Libra = “Peace”
  • Numerical: Duality, Cooperation, Balance
  • Elemental: Cardinal Air
  • Decan of the Zodiac: 0º-10º Libra (Sep 23-Oct 2)
  • Sephira: Chokmah “Wisdom”
  • Ruled by the Queen of Swords

Two of Swords Interpretations

The two swords are held in balance. There is a contradiction here—the sword which is a brash and dangerous object is actually in a state of security, if only counter-balanced by a second dangerous object. This makes it clear why many refer to this card as a temporary state of stagnation or peace.

It also makes me think of two friends who are in an argument and you stand there awkwardly in observation as a facilitator to make sure things don’t get out of hand—like a sort of morality monitor. The good thing is though, that you can trust (if only in this moment) the situation to get you by. It does however, lead to the three of swords, which is the tension of the cord snapping and a releasing of the blades.

This card also represents indecision (each sword representing a conflicting idea) or a moral/intellectual struggle.

Additional Interpretations

“Quarrel made up, yet still some tension in relations: actions sometimes selfish, sometimes unselfish. Contradictory characters in the same nature, strength through suffering; pleasure after pain. Sacrifice and trouble, yet strength arising therefrom, symbolized by the position of the rose, as though the pain itself had brought forth beauty. Arrangement, peace restored; truce; truth and untruth; sorrow and sympathy. Aid to the weak; arrangement; justice, unselfishness; also a tendency to repetition of affronts on being pardoned; injury when meaning well; given to petitions; also a want of tact, and asking questions of little moment; talkative.” 6

“Peace. Contradictory characteristics in the same nature. Sacrifice and trouble giving birth to strength. Quarrel made up and peace restored, yet tension remaining. Pleasure after pain. Truth and untruth. Indecision. Actions sometimes selfish, sometimes unselfish.” 5

“Peace. Chokmah in the suit of Air. Moon in Libra. In this card are two crossed swords united by a blue rose with five petals, which emits white rays producing a geometrical pattern which suggests energy beyond the onslaught of the disruption of the intellect.” 5

“Peace. Moon in Libra. Chokmah. The two swords piercing a rose or lotus shows, in the symbol, the intellect restrained by love.” 5

Axank’s Dream Recall

February 25-26, 2014
Down the street from my childhood home was a young woman who lived in her house alone. She was a social outcast and was self-loathing for it. My friends and I befriended her and so she threw a party and invited us. I was fairly judgmental and uncomfortable around her but she was being sweet nonetheless. At the party she ended up vomiting all over the place and just became a total mess—others at the party we making fun of her and blew the situation up.

Maybe this is the process of the two swords slipping into the three of swords. I do see how this card of “what’s right and wrong” is exemplified in being nice to a person or leaving them be given the choices they make. What’s right or wrong, and what you want to involve yourself in.