I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
~ Mark Twain
This week, we receive a visitor that hasn’t come calling for a number of years. Should we gladly welcome the Two of Swords? Or not?
The twos are usually about choices, and the Swords in the Tarot are ruled by the element of Air, which is concerned with the mind, intellect, attitude, and communication.
This is another of artist Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, in which it appears that the figure is on an artificial platform, and behind her, the scene is a theatrical backdrop.
The woman might slowly be arriving at a decision, but for the moment, it appears to be a stalemate. Although her position is stable, 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, unable 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.”
More Than Mind
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.
How many times have you been faced with a choice that looks good “on paper,” but in your gut, you know it’s not the right thing at all? What are you afraid to know?
The Hesitation Blues
As much as we might want to close our eyes and fade into the gray background, something eventually will need to happen. We postpone and 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 because of 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 go?
Fearful indecision is a slow poison. Analysis paralysis gets you nowhere.
Open your eyes, open your heart. Be ready to move forward sooner, rather than later.