Two of Swords

TAROT Card of the Day: Two of Swords
By TAROTZAMM

The little white book describes the TWO OF SWORDS as “You don’t know what to do; choice is six of one, half a dozen of another. Grasp your sword of individuality and march to the beat of your own drum.”

TAROT Card of the Day – TAROT Lesson

The Two of Swords is often associated with indecision and denial.

I believe that there is so much more to the Two of Swords. It is actually more empowering in its influence rather than stifling. It brings us the energy of calmness, fairness and wisdom, that would help bring about the best possible decision(s) we can make.

The Two of Swords actually gives us a different but very effective approach to decision-making or to counter the lack of it. It sets our thought processes and frame of mind to where we need them to be.

How is this possible? If we look at the Two of Swords it is rich in symbolisms and instruction.

Let’s start with the moon. The waxing moon sets the tone to when it is the right time to decide, which advises us to wait for “the full moon.” The full-moon comes when we:

*have explored all our options,

*have gathered all our facts,

*have listened to all points-of-view,

*have uncovered what we need to uncover,

*have decided that it is now time to close the doors for others’ opinions,

*have analysed what we have, on our own and lastly,

*have tapped into our intuition to show us things that are usually difficult to see.

The calm body of water in the background directs us to calm our emotions so we do not cloud our judgment or be swayed by what we feel. Calm emotions help us see things far more clearly.  The calm body of water also represents the calm frame of mind and the self-confidence we need to ascertain the path we are pursuing to arrive at our decision(s).

The rocks, in the water, signify the issues we need to consider that may or may not be important. We have to identify them accordingly:

*either to use them or discard them, and

*whether or not they can actually help us.

The sharpness of the blades of the two Swords indicates the ability to weed out illusions, deceptions, prejudices and trivialities. It encourages us to apply logic to the information we have gathered, through the direction of our intuition.

In saying so, the two swords symbolises both logic and intuition – these two are the core of our thought processes and understanding. It also signifies the classical element of Air which is swift in nature, denoting our tendencies to act or decide on impulse. This tendency, however, is being blocked by the way the swords are handled, which is in crossed-arms.

The crossed-arms signifies processing our own thoughts and decisions in a way that is free from external influences, such as other people’s advice or opinion. Oftentimes, our loved ones give us advice with only the purest of intentions to help, but the crossed arm position advises us that it is now time to steer clear of them. We need to gather all our “new facts” and process them accordingly, and decide on our own.


Two of Swords – Rider Waite from Wikipedia.com

Holding the swords in crossed-arms enables us to concentrate our energy and “wield the swords” with a more powerful force, compared to when we hold them in open arms. The crossed-arms position also indicates both defensive and offensive stances in our thought processes.

The blindfold advises us not to judge or decide based on how things seem to be. It encourages us to use our other senses or faculties, such as our intuition, to dig deep into what may seem imperceptible, but highly important. We also need to detach ourselves from factors that would derail or even hinder us to arrive at the best possible decision, when the right time comes.

We need to be fair in all these. Most of all, the earth where we have anchored the chair we sit on, reminds us to stay grounded and remain in an even-keel in decision-making.

If we follow the direction of the Two of Swords, then it aptly illustrates the quote “I can do it with my eyes closed,” which signifies the mastery and confidence we have attained to make these tough decisions.

Take care and until the next time! Many blessings to you!