The Two of Swords seems like a backward step from the clarity of the Ace. However, given due consideration, there is great value in the appearance of this card as it can hold the key to your problem. It bears quite a strong connection to the Major Arcana cards of the High Priestess and Justice, which can also serve as clues as to how to use this card in a positive way.
A woman sits on a stone bench with her back to a large body of calm water. She wears a shapeless gray shift, a blindfold and holds two crossed swords over her chest. There are rocks and a landmass in the background. The mountains on this island have been worn down to mere hills, indicating that the higher intellect is not in play here. The waxing moon shows that a positive outcome is likely.
The Two of Swords indicates that there is a problem of some kind, usually an issue of anxiety or a difficult decision to be made. It is possible that the blindfold is helping the woman come to her conclusion without external input. Alternatively, she is refusing to look at whatever is right in front of her, closing her mind to the truth. The image is well-balanced, which tells us that this is not about mental illness or an imbalance of energies. The calm ocean tells us that she maintains an appearance of serenity despite what might be going on in her head. The rocks in the water could represent obstacles to the free flow of energy and emotion.
The appearance of this card might be telling you that this is simply a time of waiting; difficult, perhaps, but there should be a positive result or at least a positive next step.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Two courses of action may be presented to you, and each seems to be as difficult as the other. If your solitary deliberations aren’t helping, then it’s time to get some external input. This idea may not be appealing; you think this is your problem, and therefore you must be the one to solve it. But it only takes one spoken thought or idea to set you on the right track.
If you are looking for work, you will either hear nothing at all, or you could be offered two jobs, neither of which are what you hoped for. You have to make the choice whether to go for one or to carry on looking.
You have to let go of the past. Letting your thoughts constantly turn to a previous relationship will not allow you to move forward. Alternatively, you are stuck in a relationship where you are feeling powerless. The truth is being withheld, or you are not willing to acknowledge it. You are artificially keeping the peace. Remove your blinders so that you can retrieve your self-confidence and make a decision about your future.
Other cards in the spread will indicate how to proceed. The Wheel of Fortune foretells that all hell could break loose, but you can choose to be the still center of the storm. Justice and the Two of Swords together may mean divorce. The Ten or Two of Cups indicate that you are making too much of this issue and that peace and love are just around the corner if you are willing to give up your negative thinking.
Money may be short, but you are keeping control. There may be other ways to help you balance the budget. Could you change your job for better pay? Might there be a way of creating passive income? Perhaps you could restructure your outgoings? Open up to new ideas and possibilities.
There could be an issue that you are aware of but are trying to ignore. If so, you must seek professional medical advice. It’s all very well trying to maintain a calm exterior, but if you are worried and anxious inside it can create more problems. You must set your mind at rest by seeing a doctor.
In a spiritual reading, the Two of Swords may be suggesting that you cannot relax into meditation or a calm way of being. Your mind is elsewhere, you have decisions to make, so do what you can to allay your fears. Take on the peaceful energy of the High Priestess or Temperance. Deal with the external issues first, and then you will be able to focus on your spiritual path.