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Two of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Two of Swords Keywords

UPRIGHT: stalemate | difficult choice | impasse | avoidance | closed off

REVERSED: settlement | decision | arbitration | regret

Two of Swords Description

The Two of Swords features a woman blindfolded, in a white robe, holding two evenly balanced crossed swords, symbolizing a state of indecision and the need for equilibrium in judgment. Her blindfold signifies confusion or lack of clarity about her current dilemma, indicating that she might be unaware of key aspects that could influence her decision-making process. The equal balance of the swords reflects her attempt to weigh the different aspects of her situation carefully.

The background, with its water and rocky islands, represents the emotional complexities and potential obstacles complicating her decision. Despite the Swords suit's association with intellect, the water's presence emphasizes the need to balance rational thought with emotional understanding. The scattered islands suggest that the path to resolution is fraught with challenges, requiring comprehensive consideration. The crescent moon hints at the importance of intuition in navigating her choices, underscoring the need to integrate both logic and instinct to make an informed decision.

NOTE: The tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider-Waite deck and Decoding The Cards

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The exercises this book are designed to challenge you to delve deeper into the meanings of each card, as well as consider your own personal experiences in relation to the traditional meanings.

Two of Swords Upright

The Two of Swords is often seen in readings when there is a difficult decision to make and the individual feels uncertain or lost. 

It could indicate that a person is avoiding facing a problem head-on or even burying their head in the sand and not wanting to accept the truth of what’s happening. This card can also point to a difficult decision between two equally bad options, or it can signal a dispute with someone else where neither side is willing to give up any ground. In either case, it’s important to consider each option carefully and make the best decision possible. 

The Two of Swords urges us to think before we act and not let our emotions take over. It encourages us to step back from a situation and look at it objectively to determine the best course of action. 

Two of Swords Reversed

When the Two of Swords shows up reversed, it can warn you to think twice before you move forward. You need to reexamine your choice because it may lead you down the wrong path — particularly if you let your emotions or other influences come in to play rather than being logical and looking at the issue from all angles.

If you have been putting off making any decisions, the reversed Two of Swords can indicate that you can no longer avoid the problem.  It could maybe even mean that you missed your chance to have any input and the decision has been made for you.

Sometimes, the Two of Swords shows up in the reversed position when settling a dispute and moving on. Now is the time to release any grudges and move forward.

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