The Two of Swords tarot card shows a seated woman, who is draped in white robes and is blindfolded. She holds a sword in each hand, a sword so long the tips aren’t even visible in the picture, with her arms crossed over her chest. Her seat is on a stone bench set upon a stone floor and the ocean roils in waves behind her. Above her a waxing crescent moon shines down.
Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings- Crossroads, harmony, balance, decisions, conflict resolution, peace of mind, standstill, and avoidance.
The Two of Swords is a card which shows the middle of the road, so to speak. It highlights those points in life where you either reach a truce, a stalemate, or an impasse. There is no where to go on the current path and things must be changed in order to make progress. You’re torn between two choices, or two decisions, or two people, or two opposing forces. Stuck in the middle. That’s what this card is all about. The upside is that even though things are in a holding pattern right now, both options remain open to you. You simply have to choose.
Love & Relationships- For relationships of all kinds this card often comes up when you feel caught in the middle between two people. This could be your partner and your parents. It could be your loyalty to your boss and the good of the company. It could represent, at it’s most lurid, the tug you feel between two lovers. For many relationships in this position, the Two of Swords is actually a good thing because it shows that you will find a balance. Right now you have to make a decision but it can be one of compromise and trying to make a win-win situation.
Money & Career- At work, the Two of Swords again emphasizes that you’re struggling between two options. Even something as simple as taking your earned time off or not can cause great stress. Work is the ultimate test of balance and lucky for you, you got the Two of Swords. You will find the happy medium and balance your two opposing forces out. Don’t be the person who is all work or all play. Moderation goes a long way in helping you fulfill your work & career goals. If you’re stuck between warring colleagues or bosses, refer to the relationship information above. Your finances may be stuck in a tough spot right now with many expenses demanding your attention. Make a list of priorities and work on the most important or necessary one.
Health & Wellness- Here’s where the Two of Swords tarot card changes a little bit. If you’re receiving this card in a health reading it’s because there are some emotional issues you are not dealing with. These blockages are preventing you from living your healthiest life. It’s important to address feelings of hurt, guilt, shame, anger, and jealousy in order to cope with them and release them. This is an emotional stalemate until you do the work to move on.
Spirituality- In a spiritual spread, the Two of Swords indicates that finding balance within yourself is key to your happiness and fulfillment. Learning to gain control and mastery over your emotions will be integral to succeeding in your spiritual journey. Now, the path you want to take make not be visible to you right now. You may not know it exists or you may be debating between two options. That’s ok. Finding spiritual balance is a lifelong endeavor and you’re making progress every time you stop, center yourself, and listen to your intuition. When you do, you’ll know what to do next.
Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings Reversed- Disloyalty, falsehood, duplicity, confusion, emotional coldness, caution, stress, mental turmoil, emotional detachment, indecision, and delays.
When it appears reversed in a tarot spread, the Two of Swords tarot card is considered an omen of delays and lack of decisions causing problems. This is not a “roll with the punches” kind of situation. These lacks in communication, whether they are lies or truly just misunderstandings, will cost you in terms of time and effort. They will also cost you emotional capital and leave you with feelings of confusion, of being duped, anxiety, and in some cases total emotional detachment.
Love & Relationships- Sometimes when you know you must make a decision it makes you completely unable to do so. That’s what the Two of Swords is indicating in your relationship. There is so much riding on the choice you make, and you’re not sure which one to choose because there are downsides to both of them. That leads you to avoid the whole situation and not make a decision at all. And this is what’s causing the tension in your head and your heart with this person. Even a decision without a great outcome is better than no decision at all because it allows you to move forward, to grow, and to continue on your path in life. While you may feel overwhelmed by your emotions, know that finding balance and regulating your emotions will be your biggest help right now.
Money & Career- An inverted Two of Swords shows that delays or postponements of projects at work is assured. You will be stressed out, and anxiety will feel like your constant companion. It’s a temporary situation but that doesn’t help much to hear, does it? Instead, practice finding balance in your life and actively working to control what you can in your project and letting go emotionally of the things you cannot control. Do not be tempted to react like your coworkers because it will not benefit you. Choosing practical solutions will alleviate some of your stress and worry.
Health & Wellness- Just like the upright interpretation, a reversed card shows that you’re struggling to find balance in your lifestyle. Eating on a strict diet 5 days a week is leading to binging on the weekend and your health goals remain out of reach. Not eating enough to fuel your body and overworking it with exercise will cause exhaustion and injury. Beating yourself up mentally for not having enough “willpower” is leading to anxiety and feelings of failure. It’s all about finding balance. A process or routine of small steps that you can do within your current routine will help you reach your goals.
Spirituality- A final point to a reversed Two of Swords tarot card is found for spiritual questions. In many cases this points to too much information. You want to know it all. You want to have all the information. You want to make sure you are making the right choices regarding your spiritual life. You are easily distracted by the next big thing. All of this information can lead to internal conflicts and even cause you to emotionally distance yourself from the process, which is the opposite of growing spiritually. Time to focus on the knowledge you already have, the insight you have earned, and continue improving your spiritual gifts.
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