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Upright: Difficult decisions, weighing up options, an impasse, avoidance
Reversed: Indecision, confusion, information overload, stalemate
The Two of Swords shows a blindfolded woman, dressed in a white robe, holding two swords crossed over her. The blindfold suggests that the woman is confused about her situation and that she can see neither the problem nor the solution clearly. She may also be missing important information that, if she were to obtain, it would make her decision much clearer. The swords she holds are perfectly balanced, indicating that she is balancing her thoughts and addressing both sides of the situation to find the best resolution.
Behind the woman is a body of water with rocky islands. The water represents the emotions, and while the Suit of Swords is traditionally associated with the mind and intellect, the presence of water indicates that the woman must use both her head and her heart to evaluate her options. The rocky islands represent obstacles in her path and suggest that this decision is not as clear-cut as it seems and requires her to consider the situation as a whole. And the crescent moon to the right of her indicates that she needs to also trust her intuition as she evaluates options and makes her choice.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The Two of Swords indicates that you are facing a challenging decision but you are unclear about which option to take. Both options may seem equally as good – or as bad – as each other, and you are stumped about which option will lead you to the best outcomes. You must be able to weigh up the pros and cons of each option, and then make a conscious decision about which path to take. Use both your head (your mind and the intellect) and your heart (your feelings, and your intuition) to choose the option that is most in alignment with your Higher Self.
In a reading, it may be helpful to draw a further two cards for either side of the Two of Swords to show what it is you are trying to balance or decide upon. You may also like to draw four more cards, for the pros and cons of each option.
The woman in this card is blindfolded, indicating that she is unable to see the situation in its entirety. You may be lacking the information you need to make the right decisions at this time. You may be missing something, such as the threats or potential risks of each option, alternative solutions or key pieces of information that would help guide you in a particular direction. Once you remove the blindfold and see the situation for what it really is, you will be in a much better position to determine your best path forward. Research your options more widely, seek outside opinions and feedback and ask yourself what you are missing here.
It is also possible that the woman in the Two of Swords has intentionally chosen to put on the blindfold in order to avoid making the decision. You may be faced with a challenging situation and an impending decision, but you are trying to hide from it, hoping that if you ignore the decision long enough, it will go away and you won’t need to worry about it. However, the longer you delay the decision, the longer you will remain stuck in this present situation; the situation is unlikely to resolve itself.
Similarly, the Two of Swords can reflect indecision and being at an impasse with regards to an important matter. Again, there is only so much that you can try to put off. At some point or another, you are going to have to make a decision or have a point of view to get things moving again.
The Two of Swords comes as a reminder that many of life’s decision are indeed difficult and there are often no clear-cut answers about which direction to take. The invitation is to make your decisions with your best intentions, fully aware of the possible consequences of your choice. Avoidance will ultimately lead to a greater conflict and stagnation.
The Two of Swords reversed indicates that you are facing a difficult decision but you are unable to decide which direction to take. You are caught between a rock and a hard place and it feels impossible to make the ‘right’ decision as you believe that either option will lead to negative consequences. As a result, you are finding yourself feeling stuck and unable to move forward, which is just making the situation even worse.
You may also be lacking the information you need to make a good decision. Just as the blindfolded woman is closed off to the external world, you may also be closed off to additional information or alternative solutions that could resolve your dilemma. Or, you might be experiencing information overload, overwhelmed with other people’s points of view and additional, detailed information about what options are available to you. At the end of the day, you are going to have to make a decision, so sift through the advice and the information that is available to select only the most relevant and helpful.
The reversed Two of Swords is inviting you to go within. Listen deeply to your intuition when it comes to this difficult decision. You may need to cut off from the external world temporarily so that you can hear your inner voice and allow your inner wisdom to come through. Trust what you know to be true and right for you. Make your decisions based on your own inner compass.
The Two of Swords reversed often represents a stalemate. You may reach an impasse with a friend, loved one, work colleague or supplier. The trouble is that all parties involved are refusing to see the situation from the opposite perspective and you are butting heads as a result. Remove the blinkers and look at the situation from a different angle. Identify where you can come to a compromise, otherwise this issue is not going to move forward.
The reversed Two of Swords may also suggest that you are feeling stuck in the middle of two competing sides. You may be trying to play the peacemaker role, but in doing this, you are just confusing yourself and creating more tension. For example, you may be trying to bring two conflicting family members together in the hope of a harmonious family environment, but instead you are finding yourself being the messenger or the dumping ground for each of their concerns. Decide whether or not you truly have a role to play and whether you can indeed create peace between the two opposing parties. Otherwise, get yourself out of there!