Card Focus: Two of Swords
When the Two of Swords comes up for me in readings it often means feeling stuck and blocked. I imagine two pieces of machinery locking into place and refusing to budge, or shoving a too big part into place while building IKEA furniture, only to find it was the wrong part and I can’t get it out. The Two of Swords often means a marriage not made in heaven, multiple pieces interacting with each other in an unproductive way, so that you feel locked in place, blinded as the woman on the cards, unable to see around the issue.
But what if we peal off some layers and look at the flip side to this experience, one in which two very different aspects are in harmony with each other? Or where we are in transition from one to the other, and just need to find our balance to make the transition a smooth one?
The comfort versus discomfort with the Two of Swords experience is all in the mindset of how we approach it. We can choose to get frustrated and try to force the opposition free, but in so doing we only tighten the grip it has on us. The stress we feel will only feed the opposition. If, on the other hand, we learn to accept a level of contradiction and paradox in our lives, then two conflicting experiences can learn to exist side by side. Peace comes not from resolving differences, but tolerating them
The Two of Swords often speaks of a liminal experience, of existing not entirely in one camp or the other. If you think too hard about what is happening to you, and sound an alarm of “Uh oh! I gotta choose!” you may end up paralyzed in indecision. However, if you accept the pace of your progression, and trust the process, you will be able to hear what that liminal experience is trying to teach you. There is a reason you may be hesitating, and it will come to light only when you stop and listen.
And there is a gift to being blinded like the woman. Without being able to see, we are forced to pause. The only resolution possible sometimes is to not try to resolve it. Through inaction, we learn to tolerate our circumstances and surroundings just as they are.