Card Meaning: 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
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