Upright: Indecision, choices, truce, stalemate, blocked emotions
Reversed: Indecision, confusion, information overload

The Two of Swords depicts a young, blindfolded woman who holds a sword in each hand. She sits before a sea filled with rocks and crags that present obstacles to ships which need clear passage. The blindfold shows that the woman in this card is confused about her situation and that she can see neither the problem nor the solution clearly. The swords she holds are perfectly balanced, showing a balanced and stable mind, and that both sides of the situation need to be addressed. The crossed swords are also symbolic of the need for a truce and the Suit of Swords indicates that the problem at hand needs to be resolved using logic and intellect. The waxing moon to the right of the woman shows a new beginning arising out of the solutions found for this problem.

The Two of Swords is a card of choice and of the difficulty of making a decision. The woman in this card is blindfolded, and this may be intentionally so, indicating that she is avoiding making a very difficult decision. Her state of calm and relaxation may be indicative that she is trying to avoid this important decision in order to bring about peace of mind. However, the decision must still be made. Therefore, the appearance of the Two of Swords indicates that you are currently being faced with a difficult decision but you are attempting to hide from it and pretending to yourself and others that if you ignore the decision long enough, it will go away of its own accord. However, the decision will not go away simply by your willing it to depart. Your conscience will eventually force you into facing your refusal to deal directly with the situation.
The Two of Swords therefore serves as a reminder that life’s decisions are frequently quite difficult and raise the possibility of painful consequences. However, you must “take the bull by the horns” and make your decisions with your best intentions, fully aware of the possible consequences. Avoidance will ultimately lead to a greater conflict.
The blindfolded woman in this card is also an indication that you lack the information you need to make the right decisions at this time. You may be missing something, such as threats or potential risks, alternative solutions, or key pieces of information. Once you are able to remove your blindfold and see the situation for what it really is, you will be in a much better position to determine your path forward. Research your options more widely, seek outside opinions and feedback, and ask yourself what you are missing here. Why is this decision so challenging to make? What extra information do you need?
Given the two swords in this card are in perfect balance as they cross the front of the woman, this card reflects the need for greater balance in your intellectual life. You need to take a break from your usual way of thinking, so that you can begin to consider alternative ideas and viewpoints. You also need to be very diplomatic and weigh up the pros and cons of both options that are available to you, and to consider that there may indeed be another way around the problem. You need to compromise or let things stand as they are.
The Two of Swords often represents a stalemate where there is no winner or loser. You may be at loggerheads with another person and failing to see each other’s points of view. What is needed is a truce, where you either ‘agree to disagree’ or you seek to understand each other’s points of view before coming to a final solution. Thus, not only does this card represent potential conflict through a stalemate, it also represents making peace through a truce.
Similarly, the Two of Swords can reflect indecision and being at an impasse with regards to an important matter. Again, there is only so much that you can try to put off. At some point or another, you are going to have to make a decision or have a point of view in order to get things moving again.
In a reading, it may be helpful to draw a further two cards, either side of the Two of Swords. This will highlight what it is you are trying to balance or decide upon. This may also identify the two alternative solutions from which you are trying to choose.

The Two of Swords reversed shows that you are caught between a rock and a hard place and you are finding it incredibly difficult to make a decision about what to do. You are really struggling to see what the right choice is as either option will lead to negative consequences. Lay out the pros and cons of each option that is available to you and weigh up which option will have the most favourable outcome.
The reversed Two of Swords may also indicate mental confusion as a result of information overload. You are overwhelmed with other people’s points of view and additional, detailed information about what options are available to you. At the end of the day, you are going to have to make a decision, so sift through the advice and the information that is available to select only the most relevant and helpful.
The reversed Two of Swords may suggest that you are feeling stuck in the middle of two competing sides. You may be trying to play the peace-maker role but in doing this you are just confusing yourself and creating more tension. For example, you may be trying to bring two conflicting family members together in the hope of a harmonious family environment but instead you are finding yourself being the messenger or the dumping ground for each of their concerns. Decide whether or not you truly do have a role to play and whether you can indeed create peace between the two opposing parties. Otherwise, get yourself out of there!



Two of Swords Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Stalemate, truce, sitting on the fence, cross roads, difficult decisions, painful choices, stressful decisions, opposition, facing your fears, being torn between two relationships, divided loyalty, being caught in the middle, denial, blindness, inability to see the truth, avoidance, blocked emotions.

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Two of Swords represents a stalemate, truce or being at a crossroads. It indicates that you are sitting on the fence or struggling to make/ avoiding a difficult, stressful or painful decision. It is the Minor Arcana of coming face to face with your fears. It can also signify being torn between two loyalties, relationships, situations, offers or people. It represents being caught in the middle of an argument or conflict and trying to mediate between opposing parties. The Two of Swords also represents blocking emotions, being in denial, blindness and an inability or unwillingness to see the truth.

In a health context, the Two of Swords indicates that blocked unexpressed emotions may be at the centre of any health issues or physical discomfort you are experiencing. Blocked emotions or holding on to anxiety or resentment can affect the heart chakra leading to physical problems related to the heart, lungs or back among others. If you are experiencing issues with these areas, as well as seeking appropriate care from a medical professional, you should also consider what steps you can to take to release the emotions blocking that area.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship, the Two of Swords can indicate a stalemate or a relationship at a crossroads. It may be that you and your partner have been arguing frequently lately or cannot agree on an important relationship decision and have called a temporary truce. You may simply need a bit of time and space to consider the pros and cons of the matter and how you can come to an agreement. You may simply be reluctant to make a decision on this matter as you risk being vulnerable. However, it can also indicate that a painful choice needs to be made regarding the future of the relationship but you are both sitting on the fence because of the pain the decision will bring. This Minor Arcana card can also signify being torn between two relationships. Whatever the case, you need to face your fears and make a decision so that everyone concerned can move forward in their lives either together or separately. If you are single, the Two of Swords can indicate you have a choice between two potential partners and this choice may be causing you great difficulty. However, the choice does need to be made for the good of all concerned as it is unfair to keep stringing them along. Alternatively, it can mean that you are avoiding letting someone know you are interested for fear of rejection.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Two of Swords indicates that you may be caught in the middle of a conflict at work. You may be asked to choose between two colleagues with opposing views. This will be difficult and stressful for you as you do not want to appear disloyal to either of them but they are unwilling to meet in the middle. It can also signify that you are torn between two career paths or positions. This Minor Arcana card can also indicate that you are in denial or unable to see the entire truth of the situation. So be aware that you may not have all the facts you may need more information before you can make an informed decision. Try to get more facts and weigh up the pros and cons of each option, if you are struggling to figure out your next right move. In a financial context, again the Two of Swords represents difficult or stressful choices and an inability or unwillingness to see the truth. If you are having financial problems at the moment, you cannot allow yourself to be in denial about them. You may have to make some tough choices to weather the storm such as downsizing your car or tightening your belt but you can do it. Sticking your head in the sand will only add to your problems. Get professional financial advice if you are unsure of your options.

In a spirituality context, the Two of Swords indicates that your spiritual path is not clear to you at the moment. Finding the balance within you is the key here. When you find your own balance, you learn to tune out all the outside interference and tune into your own wisdom. If you can do this your correct path will become clear to you.
Two of Swords Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Indecision, delays, postponements, seeing the truth, lies being exposed, overwhelming fears/worry/ anxiety/ stress, information overload, overly cautious, emotional turmoil, mental turmoil, holding onto anxiety or resentment, emotional detachment, emotional coldness, being emotionally guarded

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Two of Swords reversed represents indecision, delays or postponement. It indicates that fear, worry, anxiety or stress is overwhelming you and you may be experiencing emotional or mental turmoil as a result leading to an inability to make a decision. It can also represent holding onto resentment or anxiety and being overloaded with more information that you can handle. This Minor Arcana card reversed can signify someone who is overly cautious, emotionally detached, cold or guarded. Alternatively, the Two of Swords can signify being able to see the truth of a matter after a period of mental fogginess and finally being able to make a decision as a result. It can also represent lies being exposed.

In a health context, the Two of Swords reversed indicates that you may be struggling with finding a healthy balance in between your emotions and your mind, which may be the root of any health issues. Overwhelming anxiety, worry or stress you could be leading to a collection of physical symptoms or just generally not feeling your best.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, if you are in a relationship, the Two of Swords reversed indicates that you may be experiencing emotional turmoil about a decision you need to make regarding your relationship leading you to become completely indecisive. Anxiety or fear may be overwhelming you to the point that you are emotionally detaching from your partner rather than deal with the issues at hand. It also signify holding onto anxiety, problems or resentment. It may be that you are papering over the cracks in your relationship rather than dealing things and drawing a line under them, which leads to resentment. Alternatively, it can also represent finally seeing the truth of a situation after a period of being unable to move forward. If that is the case, you can now take steps in a positive direction but do so gentle at a pace that is comfortable for you and your partner, don’t force it. If you are single, the Two of Swords reversed can indicate that you may be experiencing overwhelming anxiety regarding dating which may be causing you to avoid it altogether. Perhaps you haven’t dated in a while and feel like you are out of practice or perhaps you are still processing the emotional turmoil from your last relationship or holding onto some resentment and aren’t quite ready to move forward yet. Don’t avoid the situation but be gentle with yourself. Get out and meet people without putting too much pressure on yourself to start something if you are not ready yet. Be patient and ease yourself into it. For instance, you could have casual low-key dates until you feel more comfortable such as meeting your date for a coffee or inviting your date along to a party so that it’s not a one-on-one situation.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Two of Swords reversed indicates that a conflict at work may be causing you an overwhelming amount of stress or anxiety. It can indicate delays or postponements of projects or promotions. Alternatively, it can indicate that you are able to see a work problem clearly where you were blind to it before and you will be able to take positive steps to resolve it. This Minor Arcana reversed can indicate the truth being exposed so dodgy deals or corrupt practices may come to light that you were not aware of before. Be careful in this situation and make sure you don’t get dragged into the mud along with the culprits. In a financial context, if you have been struggling financially, the Two of Swords reversed indicates that you may be starting to realise the truth of your situation, which is a good first step to resolving it. You need to be practical and balanced in your approach. Look realistically at where you can save money or cut costs and do it.

In a spirituality context, the Two of Swords reversed tells you that while it is good to familiarise yourself with information on spiritual practices, there is such thing as information overload! Don’t make your spiritual path a purely academic exercise by reading every book there is to read on every spiritual practice every conceived. You have so much wisdom inside yourself.