Inverted Two of Swords


Inverted Two of SwordsThe woman in this card seems to be caught between the two powers at work. Her precarious position requires her to choose something and be done with it. At this point, it doesn’t matter if it’s the right choice or not She just has to choose.

Is this you? Are you in a similar situation? Have you been put in a position of mediating a situation you are blind to? Are you caught between opposing forces? The peace you had hoped would last has not. In fact, it might have been a false peace all this time. You are in the middle of a conflict. The only way out is to take off your blindfold, set your boundaries, and get out of there.


The Two of Swords interacts with a couple of cards.

Major Arcana

Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.

Minor Arcana

Seven of Cups: The Two of Swords in combination with the Seven of Cups indicates confusion or even delusion.

The Suit — Swords or Spades

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

Number — 2

Two is a number of duality, balance, and choices.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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