“People are… Full of contradictions. They’re lonely. And then they’re not. They’re missed. And then they’re not.”– Kou Yoneda
The Two of swords depicts a blindfolded woman sitting in front of the sea of rocky waters, under the waxing moon, holding two swords crossed over her in a sign of protection.
The blindfold represents the unseeing mind – there is a decision to be made and the woman has closed off her seeing as she is not wanting to make a decision. The choppy and rocky sea represents the inability for any ships to enter – that the necessary resources are distant and inaccessible.
Swords are about, ideas, intellect, thoughts and imagination – they are crossed and defending in this card- therefore blocking any progress or creative solution.
The moon is shining it’s light trying to let in the intuitive guidance but the blindfold and swords are blocking any possibility of progress, solution or moving forward. The woman knows what is happening but she is blindfolding truth and blocking off any new ideas and life. She is in denial.
The two of swords is about having to make a decision but not wanting to change or grow – it is about wanting things to stay the same and not being prepared to see the truth of a situation and make changes. It indicates a situation that is not healthy, that is not going anywhere (the rocky sea) but the person not being willing to look and to make changes.
There could be many contradicting elements – the heart and the head may be at extreme opposites. The intellect may need to be released so that the positive thoughts, ideas and solutions will come forward. Continuing on as things are is stopping the positive resourceful growth of everyone involved.
The person is being asked to not be passive, to let go of old behaviours of sitting in pain and stagnant waters. To release the swords of false protection and allow in the beauty of the hearts language, the intuitive offerings of the moon.
In love this card is saying you are stuck in an unhappy situation that you see no way of getting out of. There are opportunities there but you will not open to them because you are not wanting to see the truth.
You are staying in unhealthy patterns and relationships as you are too afraid to create the necessary changes from within you. You are choosing to sit in the pain – guarding yourself from newness and happiness as you are afraid of change and growth and vulnerability.
This card comes up in a reading to remind you that denial will not help, it will recreate more of the same and worse. Blocking of the flow and abundance of love and resources effects the entire community.
You are being advised that it is safe to listen to the inner truths of your heart – that it is safe to follow your hearts desires for they seek for happiness.
If you have met someone new, this card may be showing that you are in two minds, that you are still using your intellect to guide your heart.
You may be holding back and not sure what path to take. Your past may be effecting your decisions.
This card is advising that you must release the fears and the idea of control and follow the path of nurturing and love – or you will lose its beauty and will end up sitting in a life of continuing pain and sadness, not willing to move forward – being controlled by the past.
The Two of swords indicates that the new relationship has vast potential but your intellect or fear may be the only thing stopping it from progressing to the next level.
If single it is heeding that you may be in a rut and that it is time to release old stories and seek openness to new love.
In work, goals and projects this card can mean that you have a serious decision to make but may be only seeing half the picture – you may be looking only at the financial side of things and have forgotten the original passion and creativity that was present in the beginning.
It is asking you to look closer at your situation from a holistic perspective and also possibly to let go of old ways so as to bring in new ideas and solutions to help the work or project grow.
Spiritually this card portends a need to undergo a transformation of ego mind – the many conflicts and dramas in your life have brought you to a stale mate and you hiding away from the inner truths that are trying to speak to you.
You may have shut down emotionally or be blocking growth by recreating old patterns of the mind.
This card is asking you to find the courage of honesty and vulnerability to undergo the necessary growth and transformation to make leaps in improving your levels of life and happiness.
It is advising that the swords are falsely protecting you – it is time to release the shields – that you are safe to allow in truth and move forward in your life path.
Denial will hold you in a space of stagnation and egoic confusion and your true essence will continue to fight from an inner scope creating more conflict, more unresolved drama and more pain.
Remember the three of cups is the next card (it is the card of heartbreak) and if you don’t adhere the guidance of the Two of Swords you will fall into the three of cups without further ado.
Denial is a coping mechanism that gives you time to adjust to distressing situations — but staying in denial can interfere with treatment or your ability to tackle challenges. If you’re in denial, you’re trying to protect yourself by refusing to accept the truth about something that’s happening in your life – Psychology about.com
The Two of swords has promise – it is asking you to release the old thought patterns, to embrace your intuition and to move from the messages of the heart – it is telling you that it is safe to face the truth of your life and your situation and that once you do so you will bring in love, peace and the magic that is your potential.
You will be supported and loved if you let go and open up, the two of swords wants you to know this and is warning you that if you stay in the repression and oppression of the past and the untruths of the mind you will not experience the wonder and beauty of the life that awaits you on the other side of your heart.
You have a choice over your destiny… well mostly 🙂
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