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What is the Meaning of the Two of Swords Tarot Card?
The Sword suit in the Minor Arcana relates directly to our communication, or lack thereof.
The Two of Swords features a woman kneeling with her back to the ocean and two golden swords in each of her hands.
She is facing out to us, but her eyes are blindfolded. She is quite literally turning a blind eye to her environment.
The Two of Swords represents indecisiveness, being held back by fear, and withholding our true thoughts and feelings. Feeling like we’re trapped is a part of human nature.
Sometimes we experience a mental and emotional stalemate where making an important decision seems impossible.
Other times we may feel as though sharing what’s really on our mind won’t be heard, or won’t be taken seriously.
The Two of Swords is a wake up call. It tells us that we need to recognize when we are the ones holding ourselves back, and encourages us to redirect our thinking in order to move forward.
The Upright Two of Swords Meaning
How you interpret the Two of Swords in your spread is determined by the position in which it appears.
The Two of Swords in your past position is a good indication that stubbornness and an unwillingness to compromise on your part is affecting your current situation.
While we cannot change the past, we can take this as a learning opportunity. Do not repeat past mistakes.
In your current position, the Two of Swords says that you aren’t considering the big picture.
There are details concerning the decisions you need to make that are being ignored, and you are standing in the way of your own clarity.
When the Two of Swords sits in your future position, it’s a very good sign.
This means that your future is completely in your hands, and you have the ability to rise above whatever conflicts the rest of your reading may present.
Work and the Two of Swords
If you’ve been considering a career change, it’s common for the Two of Swords to appear in your spread.
The prospect of leaving your job and starting on a new path can be exciting, but you’re going to want to make sure that you’re weighing all the pros and cons.
If you’re unsure about taking a risk with a new path, now is not the time to do so.
Love and the Two of Swords
The Two of Swords in your relationship spread means that you must make a choice. Whether you are in a relationship or single, it’s time that you evaluate how you are approaching love, and make decisions that will benefit your romantic life.
Single people who are looking for a relationship are advised to stop avoiding putting themselves out into the dating pool for fear of rejection.
If you are single and have more than one potential beau, you need to choose between them lest you end up alone.
This card in a spread for those currently attached it pointing out that holding back from your partner is grounds for calling it quits.
Learn how to better communicate and solve your problems, rather than keeping what bothers you to yourself. It will be beneficial in the long run.
The Two of Swords and Finances
When it comes to your finances, the Two of Swords says that you need to find balance between what you earn and what you spend.
It’s a good idea to take a look at your monthly budget and see where you can cut back on expenses. If you find yourself needed extra income, now is a good time to explore more creative endeavors.
Meaning of the Two of Swords in Health
In a health related spread, the Two of Swords focuses more on mental and emotional health than physical health.
If you’ve been experiencing depression, anxiety, increased stress, or have simply been feeling emotionally drained, it’s time for you to relax.
Taking some time for yourself is your best course of action. It’s also advising that you seek out some sort of counseling if you’ve began to feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings.
The Two of Swords in Reversed Position
When the Two of Swords shows up in your spread in the reverse, it means that you can be sure you are making the right decisions.
If you’ve been feeling stuck, it’s a reminder that you have all the tools necessary to make the best choices you can for yourself.
Don’t get caught up in asking yourself “what if?” because ultimately you are choosing the right path.
Two of Swords Combinations
Should the Two of Swords appear with either The High Priestess or The Hanged Man, this is a warning that your lack of communication about your thoughts and feelings will do more harm than good in your current situation.
It’s important that you be honest and decisive with your words and actions towards other people, or the outcome will be unfavorable for you.
The Two of Swords in tandem with The Magician means that your resistance to decision making comes purely from a place of manipulation.
It’s important to be honest with yourself about why you are holding back, and recognize that tricking other people into giving you what you want is not a great way to maintain a healthy relationship.