Stalemate. Difficult choice. Impasse. Avoidance. Closed off. Defensive.
In Tarot, the Two of Swords is the card of standstill. It appears in a reading when you’re having a difficult time figuring out your current situation.
You might be feeling like you’re in the dark and lacking important information to make an informed decision. The Two of Swords can also mean that you’re pulling the wool over your own eyes and just don’t want to accept the truth of what’s going on.
If the latter rings true, don’t hide from making a choice. It’s better to settle it now, or it might fester and become worse.
Often, the Two of Swords indicates that you’re choosing between two equally bad options and there is just no winning right now. You’re in catch-22.
When you’re at odds with another person, the Two of Swords can point to a deadlock where neither side is willing to give up any ground. The whole situation is at an impasse.
But there is no progress without compromise. You need to both come out from behind your barriers to try to work out the conflict.
When the Two of Swords appears, you’ll need logic and reason to reach a decision. You might benefit from isolating yourself in order to gain new perspective.
Sometimes cutting off other peoples voices and distractions (including the endless scroll of social media) can allow you to tune in to your intuition and hear your own voice.
How to Read the Two of Swords Reversed
Settlement. Decision. Arbitration. Regret.
When the Two of Swords shows up reversed, it can be a warning to think twice before you move forward with your decision. You need to reexamine your choice, because it may be leading you down the wrong path — particularly if you let your emotions or other influences come into play, rather than being logical and looking at the issue from all angles.
If you’ve been putting off making any decision at all, the reversed Two of Swords can indicate that you can no longer avoid the problem. I could even that you missed your chance to have any input, and the decision has been made for you.
You might be experiencing regret over a decision you’ve made, and are now second-guessing your choice.
But sometimes, the Two of Swords shows up in the reversed position when it’s time to settle a dispute and move on. That means it’s time to release any grudges, and move forward.
images: Smith-Waite Tarot Deck (Borderless Edition), Tarot of Mystical Moments