About Two of Swords
Meaning in Tarot
In the spirit of duality and balance (suggested by the number two), two of swords interpretations commonly focus on split decisions or opposing choices.
As swords are symbolically wielded in the realm of thought and communication, this card deftly illustrates the status of “being of two minds” about something.
Keywords for Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings:
- Psychic Reliance
- Tacit Understanding
Some interpreters will read the blindfold (and even the swords) as a message of complication, confusion, or frustration in making communicative or intellectual decisions.
I’m not so inclined to interpret this way as I see solidarity in the posture of our central figure. She is poised is a seemingly prepared, calm stasis. Both feet securely planted on a solid foundation. Further, her feet are pointed outward which hints of openness in her nature (perhaps even a sexual persuasion here).
The openness of the two of swords card continues as we see rippling waters in the background, suggesting intuition, perception, and the ability to garner information from unorthodox sources to make the decisions required of us.
The moon adds to this theme, with a message indicating physical evidences can be deceptive (hence the blindfold). However, when we surrender ourselves to the subtle influence of a psychic motions (the moon), our outcomes are inevitably more favorable.
There is no struggle in this card. There is patience, and assurance that whatever choice is made, we are nobly prepared to make it. Furthermore, this card is a challenge for us to trust in the intangible, and make our decisions from a place where the physical world does not compute; a place where the spiritual world is our only compass.
Focus on a few symbols for the two of swords in Tarot:
Bench: The bench is symbolic of taking a moment to examine the details. In a reading, benches indicate the querent needs to sit back, relax, and take some time to examine or savor the situations expressed in the card layout.
Moon: The moon symbol meanings deal with cycles, time, psychic power, reflection, and emerging from one phase into another. Consider the power of the moon – able to influence oceans, and affect the realm of nature in strong subtle ways. Also a symbol of feminity, the moon is a sign of the softer, intuitive side of all of us. When the moon lights up on our readings, it is prompting to consider our level of awareness. The moon asks us if we listening to our intuition and what are we allowing to influence our direction in life. Get more about symbolic moon meaning here.
Some questions the Two of Swords asks us:
- Am I utilizing all of my deeper facets in making decisions?
- Am I moving against the current of life, or with the flow?
- What kind of unique or unorthodox resources are available to me in my time of need?
- Can I allow solutions to come to me, or am I needlessly forcing my way through a situation?