The 2 of Swords : Conflict, Choice and Change

The week and a half following the partial solar eclipse on the 1st of July has marked a time of intense chaos and transformation for people worldwide. Tension and dissatisfaction have surfaced in our most intimate partnerships (stimulated by the security-craving sign of Cancer), challenging us to confront the flaws and limitations in both our romantic and familial relationships. At the same time, we are being asked how far we’d go and just what we’d be willing to do to right these imbalances. In tarot, the 2 of Swords represents the act of creating and maintaining equilibrium in the face of conflict. 2’s point to duality, cooperation, balance and equalization. 2’s also represent tact and diplomacy, and coupled with the element of the Air (thoughts, attitudes, beliefs), can indicate a quest to achieve peace of mind.

2 of Swords from the 'Goddess tarot'

Most Rider-Waite depictions of the 2 of Swords shows a woman seated on a bench on the shore, waves lapping at her back. Depending on the deck itself, the waters could either be calm or troubled, signifying either mental peace or unrest. She is blindfolded and this indicates her need to make an unbiased decision. She holds two swords aloft, in perfect balance with each other, pointing to the different (and oftentimes conflicting) options and choices available to her. When this card crops up in a reading, it suggests that the querent is at a crossroads in their life and must make a decision if they are to move on.  Vacillating between choices might buy you time but it doesn’t make coming to the ultimate decision any easier. Sometimes, this card can suggest a willing blindness, a sort of refusal to confront the negative aspects of the situation and acknowledge that these issues require change if true peace of mind is to be achieved. While a temporary truce or compromise may be effected, it doesn’t change the fact that the problem still exists. A stalemate can only last so long before resentment and self-blame set in.

Fear and lack of security in the quality of your own judgement are possible contributors to not wanting to make a choice. While this card does not encourage rash, impulsive decision-making, it does advise that when you’re standing at that proverbial fork in the road, it is best to act sooner rather than later instead of sticking around hoping for both roads to magically converge. Patience may be a virtue but procrastination is not. Only once a decision is made can life resume its forward momentum.

2 of Swords from the 'Thoth tarot'

Astrological Association: Moon in Libra

In the Thoth tarot, the 2 of Swords is called Peace, and its association with the Moon in Libra points to tranquility of mind, body and spirit through unbiased, logical decision-making. Libra represents impartial judgement, balance and fairness of mind and strives to balance the truth (logic) with the less tangible desires of the heart. In the card above, the lotus blossom in the background is being pierced through by two swords, suggesting a choice made between two issues, situations or people. Lunar Librans are well-known for their intellectual bent, and their desire for mental rapport in their partnerships. They recognize their need for a relationship at a very young age and because of this yearning for unification with another, strive to achieve harmony, sharing and compromise in all their interpersonal relationships. Their natural tendencies as idealists and pacifists can lead to much discontent when they realize their desire for the perfect relationship is unsupported by either their environment or their partner. In the context of a romantic relationship, when the 2 of Swords makes an appearance, it points to an uneasy truce between partners regarding a life issue of considerable import. In a rocky relationship, the advice is to take a time-out from each other and rediscover the core values that are essential to creating a successful partnership.

With regards to career and finance,the 2 of Swords indicates a standstill. Your cashflow may be impeded, or if you’re waiting to hear back regarding a job application, no news is forthcoming. Patience is advised, as is not putting all your eggs into one basket. Use this time to research other options available to you but do not rush into a commitment until you have weighed the pros and cons of each. At this time, soliciting the opinion of an unbiased third party can be extremely helpful.

From a health perspective, the 2 of Swords points to a blockage of emotions that manifests as mental unrest. In some decks, the woman holds the swords crossed in her lap while in others, they are poised at the level of the heart. This suggests a restriction of the flow of positive chi to the heart chakra, making it difficult for us to either give or receive love without guilt. This could also point to the denial of our true feelings regarding a situation or a person. Combined fears and insecurities give rise to multiple imbalances which result in emotional upsets, depression and anxiety.

2 of Swords from the 'Fairytale Tarot'

Cooperation, balance and harmony are essential if we are to maintain the perfect equilibrium between our responsibilities and our desires, our needs and our wants, and perhaps most importantly, between ourselves and our partners.

“Do not plant your dreams in the fields of indecision where nothing ever grows but the weeds of what-if.” ~ Dodinsky.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mindfuxxx
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 14:21:53

    Rohini…sudah hampir 2 minggu. Update la skitttttt 🙂


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