Two of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Two of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Two of Swords

My self-study of Tarot continues with the Two of Swords. Or, as I just heard, "holding back."Two of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck, created by Stuart P. Kaplan, artwork by Pamela Colman Smith, recoloring by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

First Impressions

Two of Swords ~ Universal Waite Tarot deck, created by Stuart P. Kaplan, artwork by Pamela Colman Smith, recoloring by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.Do not enter; nothing to see here; use the Force; trust; on guard; closed off; mind over matter; at cross purposes; "hands off".


Crescent moon, swords, water, islands, blindfold, bench, sky, white clouds.It's that blindfold that feels most important to me. I hear "blind trust," which is usually meant to denote trust in something to the potential detriment of the one who gives that trust.At the same time, it feels like the trust could denote a complete - "resolute," I just heard - trust in one's inner self to the point that external sight isn't necessary.


Blue, white, yellow, tan, silver, gray, green, black.It's the yellow of the moon that vibrates off the card for me. I find myself associating it with the intrinsic power of the solar plexus chakra, and its resonance with our intuitive accessibility. It feels empowering.

What the Guide Says About the Two of Swords

"A hoodwinked figure balances two swords upon her shoulders."Divinatory Meanings: Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, affection, concord in a state of arms, intimacy. Reversed: Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty."Let's get some definitions, before we dive deeper.Equipoise: balance of forces or interest.Concord: agreement or harmony between people or groups.Imposture: an instance of pretending to be someone else in order to deceive others.Duplicity: deceitfulness; double-dealing.Conformity could walk hand-in-hand with blind trust. Equipoise? Maybe if the swords weren't crossed. Courage? Sure. Friendship and affection and intimacy? Maybe a lack of them. Not feeling their presence here. Concord? Not so much.The reversed meanings make sense, in this case.

What We Say About the Two of Swords

Holding out as for disallowing a heart to reveal itself or open itself or deepen itself.Looking within and placing trust there, and yet expressing strength through weaponry as a means of proof.Questioning a judgement of oneself as through openly displaying guardedness.Formation of a cross over the heart exerts an inaccessibility to the heart of a matter.

Other Impressions

I'm hearing the song "Let It Go" from "Frozen" and seeing that scene from the movie. While the song is often perceived as empowering, the fact is that it accompanies a closing. Elsa builds a fortress to close herself off from others and from love in a show of power and defiance. the other end of the spectrum, I'm seeing the scene in "Star Wars" aboard the Millennium Falcon when Obi Wan Kenobi is first teaching Luke to use a lightsaber and the Force. It's a practice that requires surrender and trust; complete openness and access to intuition and the energy that surrounds us.

 I Might Ask a Client...

"Do you trust yourself and your intuition?""How might you consciously - or unconsciously - be closing yourself off from others or a situation?"What comes up for you around this card?

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