Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Keywords and Phrases:
Deadlock, stalemate, in two minds.
Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
The theme of continuity found in the two becomes blocked in the Two of Swords. The suit of Swords represents the realm of the mind, clarity of thought and discernment, but also the flip side of how we can let the fears of our thoughts sometimes get the better of us.
In this image the woman’s head is disconnected from her body as it floats in a cloudy sky, with a metal band covering her eyes and two swords crossed before her. It can be quite literal, meaning being in two minds with clouded thinking due to conflicting thoughts, which also prevents anything happening as the two identical swords of clarity sit poised and waiting.
In readings, the Two of Swords indicates a gridlock or stalemate situation, everything is stuck and nothing is moving. In relationship readings it can sometimes appear when the couple are both sitting on the fence and neither is prepared to cross the invisible line, and so it continues (noticeable when minor tiffs are also evident).
If reversed or ill-dignified, can point to duplicity, disloyalty, or can represent making a breakthrough depending upon context.
Similar or supporting cards: The Hanging Man (suspension) The Moon (uncertainty) Eight of Swords (feeling trapped) to some degree the Seven of Cups (choices and imagination).
Opposing or contradictory cards: Justice (balanced thought and logic) The Magician (pro-active) The Emperor (initiative and leadership) The Chariot (focussed thought and will)
Two of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
Similar in some ways to The Hanging Man, when reading in combinations the Two of Swords can suddenly bring matters that appear to be progressing well to a standstill, so it’s not unusual to find both of these cards present in the same reading to reinforce one another. In most cases your interest would be in the card following, to see how or if it will be broken.
Seven of Cups > Hanging Man: dithering, nothing’s going anywhere here; indecision creates a logjam
Knight of Cups > Two of Swords: offer leaves you undecided
Two of Cups > Three of Swords > Two of Swords: quarrels or upsets in a close relationship leads to a standoff, no one prepared to make a move.
> Ace of Swords: cutting through confusion and grasping the nettle to break the deadlock.
> The Hanging Man: nothing is moving here and needs a complete reassessment in order to progress.
> Temperance: indicates compromise will be needed and could take time.
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