I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Creator’s keywords: blocked vision, stalemate
Carrie’s keywords: avoidance, indecision
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Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
Two dark swords form an X. At the peak of the blades, the sun has been eclipsed by the moon. Clear light is trying to make its way out from its source, but the light is obscured. There’s a sense of straining in this card. The swords seem to be trying in their own way to impose logic, but instead they are only butting up against each other. Gone is the burst of clarity we saw in the ace!
This can be a card of contradictions. You want to understand things, but you don’t necessarily want to understand things as they actually are. You may be straining to impose your mentally constructed version of reality onto the world instead of easing up and seeing things as they really are.
Psychologists describe a phenomenon known as confirmation bias. This is the tendency human beings have to prioritize information that confirms their existing thoughts and beliefs. When you see the Two of Swords, it may ask you to become aware of where you might only be looking for information that confirms your current thinking.
The Two of Swords also shows that sometimes the harder you think about things, the more convoluted they get. This is represented by the moon obscuring the sun. You may say you WANT to see the full clear light of the sun, but is this really the case? Or, in fact, is it your own thinking that has created this block to clarity?
Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings in General
In Waite-Smith tarot, this card shows a blindfolded person sitting in front of a body of water. She holds two swords up against her chest – the swords are positioned similarly to the ones here in the Wild Unknown depiction. The blindfold suggests a sort of willful avoidance of the situation at hand. The positioning of the swords seems to be blocking out any potential to shift this energy of avoidance.
The water in the background of this version is also worth mentioning, as water is symbolically associated with intuitive knowing. The fact that the water is there, yet the person remains on the land, suggests relying solely on the head without any input from the heart. This is not to say that your brain is not a powerful tool – but when you try to rely only on your mental prowess, you may find yourself at a stalemate in life.
The Two of Swords often comes up when you are having a difficult time making a decision. That difficulty may be linked to confirmation bias, or relying too heavily on your head without enough input from your heart.
In a reading…
This card might ask you to consider what you are denying, repressing or avoiding. Are you straining to see things as they really are, or are you straining to see things as you WANT them to be? This card often appears when we feel like we are at a standstill.
Avoidance doesn’t make things go away. This card can ask you to ease up on all the mental energy you are spending on avoidance. Make a decision, get out of your head. Trust that the truth will set you free or it will imprison you, you get to decide which perspective to adopt.