Two of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

The two of swords is a Minor Arcana card, depicting a blindfolded person wielding two swords with their arms crossed.

The symbolism of the imagery on this car gives us a lot of clues as to what the two of Swords tarot card means. The blindfolded person shows us that we may be trying to avoid the truth.

Two swords shows us that we are in conflict about something. This conflict can pertain to a relationship with someone or feeling conflicted about making a decision.

Let’s explore the meaning of this card in more depth.

What It Means to Draw the Two of Swords Tarot Card in a Reading

This tarot card often presents itself in a reading when the situation is complicated, and the advice to take it slow is needed. The person who receives this card will have to give themselves time to digest the situation before coming up with an appropriate response.

The struggle to find balance in one’s life can be exemplified by this card, indicating that the person might need to take a step back from some of their busy daily activities.

We see the following themes when the Two of Swords is present:

Difficult and Painful Decisions

We often see the Two of Swords when we are at a crossroads in life. We may feel like we are currently in between a rock and a hard place in our life. You may not have a lot of options, but often times these options come with both pros and cons.

Often times when in the middle of this situation, we are presented with an extremely difficult and painful choice. The card often symbolizes some kind of “last chance” moment that will decide our path in life.

The card can also indicate that you are given a second chance to make a decision. In a reading, it can suggest that you need to take advantage of whatever opportunity is presented to you before it is taken away again.


When we are in a stand off, it means that there is a conflict between two people in our lives presently. We can be at a crossroads, or we can find ourselves in a situation where we are arguing with someone over an important issue.

When this card appears in a reading, it often indicates that you are caught between two opposing forces. One side of you wants to take the life-changing action, but the other side is holding you back from moving forward with your life.

It may seem like there are no good options available or that no progress can be made. You may feel as if something is blocking you from success.

On the other hand, the card can represent something that you had been fighting for in your life. It may indicate that you are standing up to someone who is standing in your way. The card also can suggest that you are forced to stand off against someone who is otherwise intimidating.

When this card appears, it can indicate an impasse points where there is no progress being made or a stand off will take place.

Self Restraint

Another common theme we see with The Two of Swords is self-restraint. This means you are holding back or trying to avoid something in your life.

Self restraint can mean holding back from making a move or action that you want to take. It can also indicate that you are holding back from changing your current situation, which could be hindering your progress in life.

In a reading, this card can suggest that you may be choosing to ignore advice or warning coming from sources who are trying to help you in the situation at hand.

Self-restraint can also indicate that you are facing an issue where someone is controlling your actions and is attempting to hold you back from moving forward in life.

When you see the Two of Swords in a tarot card reading, it can mean that you do not feel like you have control of the situations in your life.

Two of Swords in Relationships

When we see the Two of Swords in a relationship reading, it often points to the differences and conflicts between you and your partner.

It often brings up the issue of relationship boundaries, and this card represents a situation where we feel that our partner has crossed over some type of boundary. We may feel betrayed or trapped by our relationship.

This can also represent a person in our life who is attempting to control us, or someone who is trying to manipulate you in some way.

Acceptance can be challenging when dealing with relationships. When we are faced with the Two of Swords in a reading, it usually indicates that it is difficult to accept our partner’s actions.

It can also indicate that you desire to end a relationship, but you are too afraid to do so. You may be holding back in order to ignore the situation and fix not change it.

The Two of Swords also can suggest that we are conflicted about whether we should take a certain action or not. This is often best seen in relationships where honesty is a problem between the two people involved.

Two of Swords Tarot Card Reversed Meaning

When the two of swords tarot card appears upside down in a reading, it means that there is an obstacle that feels like it will stop you from moving forward.

It can be a problem or issue that is blocking your way, as well as an obstacle that seems to be in your way of accomplishing your goals.

The two of swords reversed can also indicate the possibility of a stand off with someone who is trying to control you in some way. Sometimes things cannot be fixed at this point, and the solution may require going back and making a new choice or action.

When the Two of Swords card is reversed, it can mean that you are currently feeling indecisive about a situation. You may not know which way to turn next.

Indecision can be a problem when you are facing a major decision. You may be able to see all of your options, but you are not sure which way to proceed.

Transformation can sometimes require us to go back and start from the beginning before we can begin again. There is no growth without this breakdown of our current situation.

The card can also show that it seems like there is no progress being made or no significant change is taking place.

When you feel indecisive, it’s important to trust your gut instincts and follow your intuition. Sometimes our head doesn’t agree with our hearts, but often following our hearts will always lead us in the right direction.

Sometimes the reason we have trouble making a decision is because we don’t have enough information. You may not be seeing the truth – you may even be intentionally trying to avoid your true feelings about something.

When making a decision, it’s important to understand that there are no wrong choices in these situations. There are only options and the best way to choose is to trust your intuition or gut reaction.

Tips for Interpreting the Two of Swords Tarot Card in a Reading

When we do a tarot card reading, it is very important to consider first your intention and purpose of the reading. Having a clear question in mind will help you get better clarity as you explore your feelings.

You should also consider whether this card signifies something in the past, present, or future. Your reading may not be complete without these important considerations.

Also think about how this card relates to the other cards in a reading. When you do a reading, you should look at all of the cards and how they relate as a whole. Think of each card as a scene in a story. The way you connect each scene together will give you the best outcome.

Do you have anything to add about the Two of Swords tarot card and what it means when you draw it in reading? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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