Two of Swords Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Swords

The Tarot Suit of Swords is associated with the suit of Spades in standard playing cards - both have sharp edges. Although many tarot decks use the term swords to refer to this suit, it also has other names (that is, for the equivalent suit in other decks), which include daggers, blades or knives.

There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads.

The suit of swords is associated with the element of air. It is also associated with the season of spring and the direction East. The suit of swords concerns academic or philosophical thought, intellectual pursuits, truth, and clarity.

The 'Twos' in the tarot deck generally concern aspects of duality such as communication, dialogue, relationships, and the balancing of opposites.

The 2 of Swords combines the concepts of communication and conflict, possibly conflict between two individuals, or between two different points of view. It also incorporates the idea of being blocked (or blocking oneself from progress).

A pertinent phrase is an unsatisfactory stalemate.

A related aspect of this card is procrastination.

Is the seeker putting-off a matter that would be better tackled ?

Where procrastination is at the core of the situation it may be because the seeker is unable to discern his/her real issues, or generate possible ways of resolving them.


Keywords and phrases for the many possible interpretations of the 2 of Swords Tarot Card include:

  • Avoiding communication
  • Avoiding seeing a situation as it is
  • Dangerous situation
  • Possible problems ahead
  • Precarious balance
  • Uncertainty.

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What about the Two of Swords Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 2 of Swords reversed include:

  • Release from a tense situation
  • Stalemate over, progress may now unfold
  • A decision has been made (or is about to be made - depending on position in spread). Possible movement forwards

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