Two of Swords: general, standing and reversed meaning

Two of Swords, general description

This is the 60th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

This card shows situations full of stubborn, endless destructive doubts. It refers to a desperate endeavor to get our intellect right both in the decisive and behavioristic way. Real conviction can only be made if our recognition is grounded emotionally as well. The area of subconscious, symbolized by the sea and the moon on the card, is out of reach.

The crossed swords, i.e. the limits of intellect, block the approaching road. That is why the card depicts the paradox situation in which we get when severely aspire for the clarifying recognitions without listening to our inner voice. Two of Swords is the opposite of The High Priestess. They share a common motif which is the sitting position of the figures. The blue tones representing the intuitive power of the High Priestess are less relevant. The background of the figure is grey to probably express the paleness of thoughts, the indecision or grey theories. In the tales the thrust-killing power of doubts is often represented by the wolf.

Two of Swords (peace), standing

Bringing together contradicting characteristics in order to solve a conflict. Rejecting negative feelings. A situation solved by reason and not by power. Excuse others’ small mistakes.


Two of Swords (peace), reversed

Inability to take decisions because of opposing characteristics. Intrigue, distrust and decisions made at the wrong time. Excluding emotions. Self-deceiving and feeding with promises in order to accept cruel actions.