Card Meaning: Two Of Swords

Two of Swords


   The woman on the card took a symmetric pose with two swords in her hands. It brings out a motif of stalemate, of two equal forces facing each other as a essence of this card. We can sense a balance in her pose. She is blindfolded and her hands are crossed at her heart. Maybe these swords are guarding something that is in her heart, something that she can't or doesn't want to see? This card can often portray a strife between two people, usually partners where both sides think that the other side is guilty. The duality of this card suggests that usually both sides are guilty, it all depends of the position, or as we could say, the eye of a beholder. There is the Moon in the sky, maybe the mark of a broadened perception of The High Priestess. That detail and a great body of water behind her give a watery mark on this card clearly suggesting that in this case intuition is at work, this woman maybe feels more than she can see by her eyes.


Positive: balance, truce or compromise, resolved differences, harmony.

Negative: stalemate as a result od indecision, decision delayed, duplicity, misrepresentation, running away from a problem, blocked emotions.

  A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders. Divinatory Meanings: Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy. The suggestion of harmony and other favourable readings must be considered in a qualified manner, as Swords generally are not symbolical of beneficent forces in human affairs. Reversed: Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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