Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Two of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Two of Swords, RWSThe Two of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Peace Restored 
Two of Swords in timing: Two weeks; or from Sept 23rd to Oct 2nd
Kabbalah: Chokmah in Yetzirah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Two of Spades



The Two of Swords, RWS and Thoth Meaning


The Two of Swords card carries similar meaning whether you are using the Thoth or the RWS tarot. The underlying concept is that the peace and calm normally existent in interactions, is not there. The point then, is to examine what may be knocking the energies of the relationship off center--that is, if change is truly sought. Unfortunately though, once in such predicaments it's common to simply hope for a situation to resolve itself; but it doesn't work that way.

Furthermore, sometimes it looks that a meaning of the Two of Swords card is favorable, but it is a Swords card, and that needs to be kept as a perspective... so at its absolute best, there is an undercurrent going on.



The Two of Swords Dignified or Upright


  • Telling yourself that all is satisfactory, when it isn't.
  • Ignoring that which is distasteful or unpleasant to you.
  • What started off as a small point of contention unimportant to you, is now needing attention and your action.
  • Refusing to accept the truth of what is, or refusing to acknowledge evidence of it.
  • An idealized romantic attachment rather than a healthy relationship.
  • A friendship or relationship, often with an undercurrent (perhaps not yet fully resolved issues), but is viable just the same.
  • Hiding the truth of your feelings from a partner.
  • There may be a battle going on, but peaceful negotiations can still take place.
  • You have a point of view that stands in conflict with that of another.
  • Opting to stay in a situation though it lacks peace and harmony.
  • Reaching a point of truce, a standoff or a stalemate.
  • It is necessary to deal with the truth from all sides to have some degree of harmony manifest.
  • Refusing to acknowledge how you truly feel.
  • Someone is interested in you, but you are closing yourself off.
  • Kindness is being extended to you, but your defensiveness is making it a difficult delivery to make.
  • Analyzing a situation in order to find a solution or a more peaceful way of proceeding.
  • A choice between two things.
  • A phase of inactivity.
  • A phase of peace.


The Two of Swords Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Opening one's eyes to acknowledge the truths before them.
  • Overwhelmed by the intensity of a situation.
  • Attempting to get back together with an ex romantic partner.
  • Hanging on to a relationship despite it being an unhealthy one and despite knowing that it's healthier to move on.
  • Mental cruelty or excessive verbal sparring as a matter of habit.
  • Acting out in a passive/aggressive manner.
  • You are attracted to someone, but be aware that they are shallow, superficial, or not as you perceive them to be.
  • Refusing to make a decision or take action in the fear that to do so might possibly make things worse.
  • You have tried dealing with a circumstance in various ways, and now the best thing you can do is bide your time until a solution is found.
  • If attracted to another, that person is blocking you out emotionally or purposely maintaining a distance.
  • Someone whose behavior is far from typical - a loose cannon.
  • Open your eyes, as there are situational omens cautioning you of what is to come.
  • Maintaining a distance from an uncomfortable person or situation.
  • Standing in opposition as a force of habit.
  • Saying one thing then doing another.
  • Being fed untruths or incomplete descriptions.
  • A demonstration of duplicity or disloyalty.
  • Exhibiting a false front or a false identity.
  • A friendship that is not bonafide.
  • Ignoring.


Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

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