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Tarot Card of the Week: March 23 – 29, 2009

Two of Swords
Indecision is the seedling of fear.
— Napoleon Hill

This week, we receive another rarity; in fact it has only appeared once before, in March, 2005. The twos are often about choices, and the swords in the Tarot are the element of Air: the mind, intellect, attitude, and communication.

This is another of artist Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. It appears that the figure is on an artificial stage platform, and behind her, the scene is a theatrical backdrop. Although the woman’s 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.

She 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.

This is a card that often comes up when we feel we must block our emotions. It may also appear when we feel stuck and indecisive. We may vacillate between choice A and choice B, when what we really want is “None of the above.”

It is also a card that shows how impossible it can be to make up our mind about things that have little to do with the mind at all. The mind is a great gift, but it is only one tool for navigating our life’s journey, and sometimes it is the wrong one.

Still, we make our lists of pros and cons. We rationalize, argue, and refuse to listen to our hearts, thinking that somehow this will be smart. But sometimes we can be too smart for our own good. Meantime, as much as we might want to close our eyes and fade into the gray background, something eventually will need to happen. We avoid the truth at our peril.

This week, if you find yourself “between a rock and a hard place,” feeling like you need to make a difficult choice you wish you didn’t have to, this card offers some illumination. Consider the ways you may be closing your eyes or your heart from knowledge that is not logical or analytical. There is a very good chance that non-logical information is precisely what you need, in order to proceed with wisdom.

Could it also be that this is but a bit of drama, a scene being played out more for effect than an authentic situation? What is really going on “backstage?”

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

Fearful indecision is a slow poison. Drop your weapons. Open your eyes. Most important, open your heart. See what happens.

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  • March 23, 2009, 6:04 pm Lily Wyte

    Feels like the closed mind, and the impossibility of reaching such a person to help them see a different way.

  • March 24, 2009, 4:37 am Anonymous

    Feels like the symbol of the old “moneythinking” Here in Sweden we have headlines just now about greediness in big companys. The systems are being pinpointed and falls apart. Very much the Aries energy.The child that ask why the emperor is naked. The voice from your inner child that innocently asks why you are complicating things.
    You make my soul fly, thank again.

  • March 24, 2009, 7:05 am Melissa Harris

    Hi Beth., such a great blog. You shouuld put the section for “followers” on here to network – no?

    see my blog for what this is…

    melissa Harris

  • March 24, 2009, 7:51 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Hi, Melissa! It is wonderful to see you! (Everyone in my Birthday Club is LOVING your greeting cards!!!!)..

    Yes, I did have the Follower gadget, but for some reason it is no longer working for me.. It just gives an error message.

    Are YOU seeing it working properly?? The error is not only on my blog, but everyone’s I go to that has that widget. Yes, including yours. I am seeing: “Address Not Found” and a triangle shaped caution sign in Firefox. In Safari, it’s just an empty white box.

    Let me know, because I loved that feature, but it has been hosed now for a long time! 🙁
    – Beth

  • March 24, 2009, 9:05 am ARIE

    Yesterday I attended a University Forum day with many lectures regarding Spirituality research, East-West, Paganism, New Age.
    It was interesting to see how each lecturer was expressing the Two of Swords energy. Only the intellect was active. Some of them seemed very agressive when someone chalenged their ideas.

  • March 25, 2009, 2:22 pm Rena

    hey, Beth, you pulled the card for me again this week!

    It’s easy to say, but when the only visible choices are bad ones, it’s so hard to do! And yeah, just let it be, but that’s so hard too when I just wanna move on already!

  • April 12, 2009, 12:36 am sam

    I love how each card has its benefits and detriments. Feels like real life…