Welcome back to Tarot Notes at Symbolic Living.
We are pleased to rekindle your relationship with the symbolism of the Tarot each week. This week we’re continuing to focus on the Two’s, with the next card, the Two of swords.
Two of Swords
Astrological Association: Moon in Libra
This card shows complexity in duality, just as the mind often is.
The mind can be split in the decision making process. If you decide one way, you let go of the other.
In this card we see a woman seated on what appears to be a solid foundation, yet doesn’t appear it would be comfortable for long. She holds two swords which cross on both sides of her. She is blindfolded.
Her clothes are white, with her background predominantly blue with hints of yellow. In the rippling water are rocks and land in the distance below a crescent moon.
Her arms cross in front of her heart, the handles of the swords are at the level of her throat. Her mouth closed, in silence. Is she thinking before she speaks?
She sits centered, facing directly ahead, and has not made a choice to move either way.
This is another card that appears as if set upon a theater’s stage with it’s straight line above her feet, with the scenery as the backdrop. A backdrop is a rendition of reality, thus is illusory. Does it symbolize what is going on within her mind, that in fact her emotions are very present in influencing her thinking process?
Yellow denotes willpower, or using the will. What do her yellow shoes represent? Is she actively willing herself to make a choice?
What is the significance of having her back turned away from the sea? Is she trying to avoid her emotions, or not being receptive to her feelings? Is her mind overriding her feelings?
What does the crescent moon, also in yellow above her left represent in her thinking? Is the light of her mind emphasizing left brain (logical) thinking? How is the moon related to her shoes? Is her decision making process affecting or affected by her internal emotions?
We see that she is deep in thought, thinking without speaking. She is seeking balance in her decision, weighing her options with the desire for objectivity.
Here we see the swords intimating justice. The importance of reasoning, judgment, and truth are at the heart of the symbolism.
Are the swords she holds heavy or light? Can she hold the peace for long?
The swords crossing over her heart signifies to make the decision willingly from your heart, and the scene reflects the importance of the intuition.
What external pressure is she closing herself off from? What is she blind to?
The mind is often conflicted in life with decisions. Is she possibly meditating to release the burdens of the mind and accessing a deeper place for clarity? Is she actively achieving inner tranquility? In her stillness has she achieved peace between two opposing ideas finding a common juncture she can hold?
Since the scales of justice are not present the cause of the concern itself may still not be fully clear, and must be pondered.
The decision to be made must be thought through carefully weighing the pros and cons. There is more than one side to the issue that must be considered. She is sits alone in this card. The decision is hers to make. She may also conflicting thoughts and feelings deep within about herself she may not always like to look at which she is trying to resolve and find a balance in.
Both aspects of the mind are brought together. The right brain (creative) and left brain (logical) points of view are considered.
Within the complexity of duality, is unity of the mind – symbolized by the woman between the two swords.
- What are you willing to see, and what are you blocking out of the equation?
- How are you conditioned by others, society, and outside influences to think the way do?
- Are you open or closed to other beliefs or ways of thinking?
- What dogma’s are you attached to versus what resonates with your heart?
- Can you sometimes have a “split personality” from your normal self, in different situations?
- Are you not ready to fully commit to something?
- Are you procrastinating, and avoiding looking at a problem that needs resolving?
- Where in life do you ensure you act with diplomacy and fairness or do you take a hard stance?
- Is your mind and feelings conflicted or in synch?
- Is there something you just need to sit and think about before you decide?
We hope you enjoy learning about Tarot at Symbolic Living with an easy to understand approach for beginners. We also hope you can find personal relations to the card symbolism and think about the imagery in new and expansive ways.
Some weeks we may talk about the cards, history and more. As we go along things will change and develop, we’ll keep it interesting for you.
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