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.