Tarot Card Series: Two of Swords

Two of Swords, Robin Wood deck

Element: Air

Two of Swords, Rider-Waite deck

Number Importance: Two is the number of duality, of both opposition and balance.  Similar to the concept of yin and yang.

Important Aspects of the Card: The blindfold is one of the more important aspects; swords crossed, pointing in different directions; the ocean in the background; and the moon.

Interpretation: The Two of Swords is connected to knowledge.  The Swords suite, at least in some traditions, is the suite of the element Air, which encompasses mental capabilities and knowledge.  In this card, the knowledge of the questioner is hidden.  The questioner is searching for knowledge, a path to take, but doesn’t know which path is best, either because of uncertainty and second-guessing or because of willful ignorance (turning a blind eye, so to speak).  Both paths appear to be equally good or bad, and so there is a stalemate.  This card is difficult to see in a reading because it represents a struggle, and one that the questioner knows is there but doesn’t know how to resolve.

The ocean and the moon, both symbols of internal wisdom or knowledge, and both representative of the psyche, suggest that the struggle represented by the two swords tends to be some kind of internal conflict.  This could take the form of a seemingly negative path versus a positive one; desire to act against a desire to remain silent; or knowing what to do while not doing it.

The blindfold over the woman’s eyes suggests that the questioner remains willfully blind to the solution.  There is nothing that stops her from setting down the swords and removing the blindfold–but she doesn’t.  She chooses not to see the answer to the problem, or knows the answer and refuses to admit it to herself; she deliberately avoids the truth.

This card is painful.  Many of the Sword cards are.  When I see this card I usually let the person know that the longer they keep the blindfold on, the worse the problem will build.  Because I think this card tends to represent internal problems, there isn’t much I could do as a reader to help, other than let the questioner know that they probably know the solution to their problem–if only they would admit the truth to themselves.

*Please remember, my interpretation may not be the same interpretation you or another person will have for this card every time in every reading.  Interpretations can vary according to what the card means to you.*

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