The Two of Swords tarot card appears in a reading when an obstacle has presented itself in your life. This problem won’t be easy to overcome. In fact, it will take a great deal of effort on your part to eliminate. You might be feeling stuck or unsure of which way to turn.
The good news is, once you do resolve the problem that plagues you, you will find peace within. If you need more guidance on what meaning the Two of Swords might have for you, look below.
Two of Swords Key Words
Before diving deeper into the upright- and reversed Two of Swords tarot card meaning, and its connection to love, career, and life, below a quick overview of the most important words connected to this Minor Arcana card.
Upright: blindness, stalemate, unwilling to see the truth, coming to a crossroads, divided loyalty
Reversed: realizing the truth, holding a grudge, emotional detachment, indecision, being emotionally defensive
Two of Swords Tarot Card Description
The Two of Swords Tarot card depicts a blindfolded woman. She is seated and holding two identical swords in each of her crossed hands. The background reveals a rocky shore and a crescent moon hangs in the sky, representing difficulties, especially those of an emotional nature. The blindfolded woman personifies the inability to see the truth with clarity.
The two swords denote a crossroads or in some readings, a stalemate. As mentioned above, the rocks in the water behind the woman represent the obstacles that must be faced, just as a boat would have to surpass them to dock on the shore.
The moon up above is a symbol of the deception or illusion that may play a part in the woman’s indecision. Although she could easily take her blindfold off and leave, for some reason, she stays bound.
Two of Swords Tarot meaning
When the Two of Swords tarot card falls upright, the two swords represent an internal or external battle. In some interpretations, the Two of Swords means unwillingness to see the truth of a situation or difficulty choosing a side in an argument.
The Two of Swords is not representative of negativity in your life, but rather it serves as a warning. If you have come to a crossroads and you are unsure of where to turn, you should bide your time and prepare yourself emotionally for the next step. Your opponent, whether it be a person or an internal struggle, will not go out without a fight. Now is the time to recharge your batteries so that you have the energy you will need to prevail.
Money and Career Meaning
When the Two of Swords is pulled in a career reading, there either is or will be a conflict at work in which you are caught in the middle. Maybe you feel stuck between two colleagues with differing views who are putting pressure on you to choose a side.
If you find yourself in this situation, you will undoubtedly feel anxious and stressed. These feelings will arise because you will want to be loyal to both people. You will have difficulty choosing which person to side with. The same is true of two investments, career paths, or contract choices.
The best way to handle this situation is with critical thinking. Ensure that you have all the facts before you make a solid decision so that you have an explanation to back up your decision. This strategy will give you the peace of mind you need to make the right decision.
In a financial sense, the Two of Swords tells us that you are ignoring financial stress or refusing to see the truth of a financial matter. The card calls for action in this matter and reminds you to act now if you are to avoid further financial worries. Take time to look at the situation carefully and put a plan in motion.
Love and Relationships Meaning
If you’re seeking love advice, the Two of Swords tarot card tells a story of a stalemate or a crossroads in a relationship. Perhaps you are frequently fighting with your partner, but aren’t ever able to come to an agreement. Are you willing to do what it takes to bring peace back into your relationship? If so, a sit down is in order. Once you put all of your cards on the table, you must decide if you want to stand firm or walk away.
If you are single, the Two of Swords illustrates a choice between two partners. The two suitors before you both bring something to your life. As a result, you might have trouble selecting the person to award your affections. Again, you will need to look carefully at both sides. Your higher-self knows the right choice, so seek guidance from your inner self and not others.
Health and Spirituality Meaning
The Two of Swords suggests that unexpressed or blocked emotions are negatively impacting your mental health. When you bottle up these feelings, the outcome is likely to be resentment or anxiety. If you wish to release yourself, you must find a way to express your emotions and let the negativity slide away. This may entail seeing a professional who will diagnose the root cause of the issue and help you to find the solution you seek. Other options include self-help reading, meditation, and chakra cleansing.
Two of Swords Reversed
The Two of Swords in the reversed position predicts that you will see the truth of a matter after a period of confusion indecision. Are you feeling stuck in an abusive or toxic friendship/relationship?
Have you been sitting on your hands, afraid to make a decision? This card appears in a reading to reassure you that the end is near. You will be able to see this person’s true colors and finally move on to a healthier relationship in the future.
Two of Swords: Yes or No
This card symbolizes a stalemate or divided loyalty. However, it also encourages seeking mental peace by resolving conflicts through the consideration of each side of the matter in question. For these reasons, the Two of Swords is no definitive yes or no answer. You can consider the return to be “maybe.”
Important Card Combinations
The Two of Swords and The Lovers
The combination of the Two of Swords and The Lovers in a reading poses a warning of blind love. You are ignoring or refusing to see something about your partner that might make them unworthy of the relationship you share. Are you settling in your love life because you are afraid to be alone? If so, the Two of Swords urges you to consider your circumstances and act to improve the relationship or move on.
The Two of Swords and the Five of Cups
When the Two of Swords and the Five of Cups appear alongside one another in a reading, unnecessary drama has a seat in your life. Whether this is with a friend or a family member, you need to take steps to end the discord. Allowing the drama to take root in your mind is causing you mental anguish and instability. It is time to let it go.
The Two of Swords and Knight of Cups
This duo urges you to avoid emotional attachment. It may be that you have begun a new romantic rendezvous with someone that you envision a future with. This reading solidifies that the relationship will not last. If you allow yourself to become attached to this person, you will only get hurt in the end. Practice detaching with love.
The Two of Swords and the Six of Pentacles
When drawn together in a reading, the Two of Swords and the Six of Pentacles heralds a peacekeeper. You will take someone that is in great need under your wing and build them up to their full potential. Don’t hesitate to throw a line out when you see someone struggling; it is your destiny to do so.
The Two of Swords in a Reading
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