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
This week, we have the somewhat rare return of the Two of Swords. The twos are duality, 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 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. It is a perfect portrait of analysis paralysis.
The timing is quite fascinating, as this week, the future of human civilization may well be hanging in the balance, depending on what is, or is not, accomplished in Copenhagen. Global climate change is already catastrophic. While people argue about who is to blame, and how to address it without disturbing the economy, the damage is well underway, destroying lives and resources beyond count. Will our leaders continue to dither, counting pennies, while annihilation breathes down the necks of countless species, including our own?
On a more personal level, this week, you may also 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? Are all your lists of pros and cons distracting you from seeing with your heart the real knowledge that you need? Our mind is a great gift, but it is only one tool we are given, for navigating our life’s journey. Sometimes it is the wrong one. (Yes, I can hear Ayn Rand spinning in her grave over this idea. But what is she doing, reading a Tarot article anyway? ;-))
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?”
Fearful indecision is a slow but certain poison. Drop your weapons. Open your eyes. Most important, open your heart. See what happens.