Card by Card – Two of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

If you missed last weeks post on the Three of Pentacles, you can read about it here.

Just like last week, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Two of Swords is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Two of Swords we’ll be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

The suit of Swords is usually associated with the element of Air and is sometimes also known as daggers, spears, and at times just by the name of the element itself.  What does it mean when the Two of Swords turns up in a reading?  The suit of Swords engage our intellect usually by presenting challenges.  That’s not to say that the challenges are all gloom and doom, because they aren’t.

In Tarot For Life by Paul Quinn, the attributes listed for the Two of Swords are:  Indecision; Unresolved, impartial, discerning, cool-headed, striving to be objective, suspending judgment, embracing paradox, avoiding premature decision, procrastination.

Quinn also makes an interesting point in regards to the blindfold.

“As for the blindfold, the woman may turn a blind eye to appearances to find a deeper knowing within.  Or has she blindfolded herself to avoid facing the truth altogether and simply found the strain of keeping the Swords aloft less painful than taking action?  This possibility could account for the fact that her hands cover her heart, as if closing off the feelings that might otherwise help her embrace a right decision.”

The next two views are from The Druid Craft Tarot by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gromm – illustrated by Will Worthington.  (St. Martin’s Press 2004), and the Pearls of Wisdom Tarot -second edition- (OOP)  illustrated by Roxi Sim, text by Caeli Fullbrite.  (7th House Publishing 2008)

Two of Swords Druid Craft Tarot & Pearls of Wisdom

Druid Craft:  Dilemma; Opposition; Procrastination.  Two views, two feelings or two people are in opposition, and you are trying to create a reconciliation, peace or harmony between them.  Alternatively, the card may be indicating that you are struggling with a dilemma, and feeling unable to choose any one course of action – that you are procrastinating, wavering in your resolve, or are protecting your feelings by deliberately not facing the problem. (pg. 51)

Pearls of Wisdom:  Inaction.  The need  and desire to move inside for answers, but the inability to gain the clarity of inner guidance.   Duality where unity is the answer.  Stalemate. Refusal to see or face your difficulty.  Seek within yourself for the balance you want.  Face yourself. (pg. 84)

The next pair are from A King’s Journey Tarot by Chanel Bayless, illustrated by James Battersby (self published 2010 – currently OOP) & The sun and moon tarot by Vanessa Decort (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2010)

Two of Swords - A King's Journey Tarot & sun & moon tarot

A King’s Journey Tarot:  Opposition; Second Opinion; Trust mind over heart; You know what’s going on, but you don’t want to talk about it, see it, or feel it, because it’s just too painful.  So you choose to ignore it.  This doesn’t make it go away, though.

sun and moon:  Peace.  Repose, meditative spirit.  Closed yoga pose shows avoidance of communication, and the need for inner balance.  Make a balanced choice between the two contradictory possibilities, by finding the answer within.

The last pair are from the Twilight Realm – A Tarot of Faery by Beth Wilder, and Tarot in the Land of Mystereum by Jordan Hoggard.  (Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2010)

Two of Swords - Twilight Realm A Tarot of Faery & Tarot in the Land of Mystereum

Twilight Realm:  Potential trouble ahead.  Possible stalemate or temporary truce in a dispute.  Indecision.  Need for well-balanced emotions, diplomacy, and tact.  When dealing with the unknown, stand back from the situation and evaluate all aspects of what lies before you.  Do not automatically assume someone or something to be good or evil, safe or dangerous, friend or foe.  Realize that nothing about us is simply black or white.

Mystereum:  Balanced opposites, upcoming decisions.  The 2 of Swords indicates a balance of opposites in a decision to be made soon.  Consideration of others’ views is also indicated.  Judge clearly whether a shout or a whisper of an action will be heard more clearly.  Discern the parts of the decision.  No action may be necessary at all and that may even have a greater impact.

The Two of Swords is card 56 in the Tarot Dynamics system.  Subject Card Two signifies your attachments.  Challenging/Attachments.

“Depending upon the situation, personal determination can be your perfect companion or worst enemy.  There is some uncertainty about a matter at work, at home, or both.  You may be waiting for an answer, formulating a reply or preparing to initiate a request or discussion.  Despite your desire to be “brave” or “do the right thing” in matters, you’re only human.”  ~Anna B. Cook, Tarot Dynamics Unleahsed 2011

What about Reversed (Rx) or ill-dignified?  In the Complete book of Tarot Reversals, (Llewellyn Publications 2002) Mary K. Greer writes:  The Two of Swords Rx deals with breaking the peace and taking action.  Loyalties may be divided, which can result, intentionally or not, in lies and duplicity.  You could feel torn apart as if in a tug of war and therefore not at peace with yourself.  You take sides but could choose the wrong one.  You could open your eyes tot he truth but it might reveal you h ave been living with a lie.  Whater the circumstances, it seems likely that deeper truths will soon be revealed.  (pg. 140-141)

What keywords or phrases do you associate with the Two of Swords?

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at the Two of Swords more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey be an Enchanted one.




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2 Responses to Card by Card – Two of Swords

  1. Koneta says:

    Thank you for that. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I’ll be drawing a cotd to go with the Mystereum 2 of Swords sometime this week. I wonder what we will see through that window of inner perspective?

  2. Koneta, I really resonate with the Druid Craft’s expression of, “Two views, two feelings or two people are in opposition, and you are trying to create a reconciliation, peace or harmony between them.”

    And, I might layer in to the Mystereum expression from its visual voice that the 2 swords create a window to an inner perspective as an opportunity to see familiar things in a different light much like the blindfolded man in A King’s Journey’s 2 of Swords is like his intuition (standing behind him) covering his eyes to better trust his intuition and inner vision.

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