The 2 of swords tarot card represents being blinded. You are avoiding something. What is it? What are you not able to see? There is also indecision associated with this tarot card.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
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A few words to describe the card:
Feeling stuck, not seeing the full picture, avoidance, indecision
2 of Swords
The 2 of swords represents not only missing something, but also feeling stuck. Being at a point where you don’t know which direction to move and are paralyzed by the indecision.
When you find this card in a reading, it may represent that you are missing something. You are either not looking at the bigger picture, or are missing another option. Try to look past what’s right in front of you and see what else is there.
The swords crossed represents the indecision. As opposed to the two of wands, where they are open, and you are getting ready to go out into the unknown, these are crossed and you cannot move.
What is keeping you from taking the next step?
Alternatively, what are you turning a blind eye to? It may not be that you aren’t able to see the full picture, but may be actively avoiding even looking for what may be happening in your surroundings.
This avoidance may seem to help, but it may also very well be what is keeping you from moving forward.
As the swords minor arcana series represents thoughts and ideas, this could be something you don’t want to think about.
The two of swords tarot card often depicts someone sitting out by the water, blindfolded, holding two swords across their body. It is the definition of being closed off to new ideas and not moving. (See this in the Triple Goddess Tarot deck)
There is also often a crescent moon in the sky above the rocky water terrain.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.
Want other comparisons of tarot cards? Find those here! It might help you better understand how tarot decks are different.