Today’s Card: Two of Swords
The 2 of Swords depicts a woman being pulled in two different directions by black crows. She is also wearing a blindfold.
In some decks, the woman is holding two swords crossed over her chest, but she is always shown with blindfolds on.
Minor Arcana – Swords:
The suit of Swords is associated with the element of Air and represents the mind. Swords also tend to symbolize conflict and challenges.
In general, the 2 of Swords represents anxiety, tension, and uncertainty.
The woman in the card is being pulled in two different directions by the crows overhead, suggesting that she is facing some sort of difficult choice. While some decks show the woman holding two swords crossed in front of her chest, the implication is still the same – she is being torn between two facets of her life. As the swords are in front of her heart, this tends to symbolize protecting your heart from a difficult emotion.
Further, the woman in the image is blindfolded. The symbolic meaning here is pretty clear – she is blind to reality. This can mean that you are not seeing things clearly, that you are not paying attention to what’s right in front of you. It can also mean, though, that you are willfully choosing to ignore something painful.
If you notice, the woman is blindfolded but her hands are free – suggesting that she could untie the blindfold at any moment. The fact that she doesn’t implies avoidance.
All of this works to suggest repressed or blocked emotions, avoiding something painful or difficult, or being uncertain about what you want. When this card shows up, it means that you need to pay attention to your intuition. Resolution isn’t going to happen overnight – so the 2 of Swords advises patience.
They say that in Tarot, there are no “good” or “bad” cards – each card is meant to teach you something. But, of course, some cards have a more positive outlook than others. The 2 of Swords is generally regarded as a fairly negative card – indicating anxiety, uncertainty, and a difficult decision ahead.
Since the 2 of Swords can represent indecision, a lot of people regard it as being more neutral than negative. In this way, it can suggest that you don’t have enough information to make a decision just yet, so it’s telling you that you need to search your internal guide for direction.
Personally, I see it more as a negative, telling you that you’re ignoring something important. Still, even this can be viewed as providing guidance. If this card comes up, start paying more attention to your feelings or to the situation at hand before trying to make a decision.
Guidance for your Love Life
Tarot is all about the interpretation. I’ve read some interpretations of the 2 of Swords as being a positive sign in a love reading. Since Swords are representative of the mind and two is a number of balance and equality, some interpret this to mean that there is high level of intellectual compatibility between you and your partner.
Personally, I see the 2 of Swords as a rather negative card for a love spread. In my opinion, this card tends to suggest that you and your partner are at some sort of crossroads. Perhaps there is a lot of conflict or tension and, at least right now, there is no resolution in sight. When looked at another way, the card can be telling you that because you are at this stalemate, now might be a good time to call a truce.
This card is also about being anxious and indecisive – is there something you’re keeping from your partner? Maybe you have some unresolved feelings that you’re afraid to bring up. It could also indicate that you’re feeling torn between two different lovers (or between your relationship and your work.) Or that you’re feeling unsure of what you’re wanting out of your relationship.
Finally, the 2 of Swords suggests that there is something important being overlooked. Are there red flags that you’re ignoring?
The last time I pulled this card for myself, it was because I was feeling unsure of what to do with a partner that wasn’t ready for a relationship. In retrospect, I think I knew that he wasn’t prepared to give me what I needed, and yet, I chose to ignore that intuition.
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