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Tarot Card of the Week – May 21-27, 2012: Two of Swords

The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world.
~ Ayn Rand
(who has, sadly, somehow become the darling of the Tea Party, revealing that they cannot possibly have read her with any understanding!)

This week, after the big astrological drama of the past several days, we are visited by the Two of Swords. The twos are duality, balance, and choices. The Swords in the Tarot correspond to the element of Air, which rules the mind, intellect, attitude, and communication.

This is another of artist Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Although at first glance, the woman appears to be at the seashore, a second look reveals that she may actually be sitting on an artificial stage platform, and behind her, the scene could be a theatrical backdrop.

Although her position is stable for now, the swords she holds are enormous, and certainly she won’t be able to maintain that position for very long.

The figure has often been compared to the Justice card. But unlike Justice, the woman in the Two of Swords is blindfolded, choosing not to see.

And she does not hold the scales of balanced evaluation. Instead, her arms are crossed defensively in front of her heart, cutting off her feelings, allowing nothing to come in or go out. She could easily be the poster child for defensiveness and denial.

The timing is interesting, as this week, we will be seeing an identical young crescent Moon. Meanwhile, the world powers are hatching their global strategies in Chicago, at the NATO talks. Already, progress is being hampered by deep divisions between the nations.

At the same time, the future of organized protest in our U.S. democracy is being tested by sweeping new rules that can label dissenters as terrorists.  What choices will be made by leaders who refuse to see the constituents that do not agree with them?  What decisions can serve a people who, because they disagree, are being treated as enemies?

On a more personal level, this week, what choice are you struggling with, and might you be choosing not to see the whole picture?

You may find yourself “between a rock and a hard place.” Are you feeling like you need to make a difficult choice you wish you didn’t have to? In what ways might over-analysis be contributing to indecision?

Our mind is a great gift, but it is only one tool of many that we are given, for navigating our life’s journey. Sorry, Ayn – you got that bit dead wrong.

But you were right in that the refusal to judge or choose is an abdication of responsibility that often leads to much more destructive consequences.

Sometimes thinking gets us nowhere but analysis paralysis. All those rational lists of pros and cons can distract us from seeing with our heart, and that is the real knowledge that we need.

Choose something. Or perhaps let go of choosing altogether. What would happen if you stopped worrying and just let it be?

Could it be that this is but a bit of drama, a scene being played out for effect? If so, then who is the audience that must be impressed? And what is really going on “backstage?”  Have you turned your back on the ocean of the emotions and subconscious?

Fearful indecision is a slow but painful poison. Refusal to see and act are the most unwise choices you can make.

Drop your defenses and weapons. Open your eyes.  Most important, open your heart.

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  • May 22, 2012, 7:53 am Maria

    Well, this card did NOT prepare me for yesterday, which was the weirdest day I’ve had in quite a while. But, it does describe how I’m stuck in certain areas of my life and I just keep thinking “I’ll deal with it later.” I think I’m just managing to put down the swords. Not take off the blindfold or get up and do something, but at least put down the swords. Thanks, Beth! Really interesting take on the card.

  • May 22, 2012, 11:15 am Beth

    The eclipse, Venus retrograde, Uranus-Pluto, etc. energy is making things *very* weird for people, Maria. Hang in there. It’s probably going to get stranger still!

  • May 22, 2012, 9:17 pm cameron

    Weirder, indeed. Thank you, Beth, for this bit of education. I realize I am guilty of indecision and analysis paralysis. I will endeavor to work on this, even if it means just letting it “be” and opening my heart to increase the rate of synchronicity in my life, which will fortify trust in my own intuition.

  • May 23, 2012, 8:24 am Maria

    Thanks, Beth! I’ve been saying “it must be astrological” but you explained why. 🙂 I am a magnet for people in pain right now. It seems as though my role is simply to listen to their pain and give compassion and love. Most of what I’m hearing I can’t fix, can’t even make suggestions how to fix (which is hard for me; I’m a problem-solver by nature). I have to let go of the outcomes I can’t affect and be present for the person who needs to know, if only for a moment, that their pain matters. Thank the Goddess for the energy practices I’ve learned from you and John Michael Greer! Otherwise, I’d be a mess right now.