Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:29+00:00

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Two of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:



Staying calm. 

Avoiding to rock the boat.

Staying out of trouble.

Avoiding getting emotionally involved.

Being objective and impartial.

Being passive in an attempt to keep the peace.

Avoiding conflicts. 

Acting uninterested.




Unnecessary drama.

Symbolism in Two of Swords tarot card

The blindfolded woman symbolises inability to see clearly what is going on. The two swords symbolise objectivity and impartiality. The two swords form a cross symbolising strategic thinking. The sea filled with rocks and crags represents obstacles to ships, symbolising difficulties in communicating on an emotional level. The waxing moon symbolises a time for conceptualised ideas.

Two of Swords tarot card and Astrology

Moon (High Priestess) in Libra (Justice)

Two of swords tarot card meanings upright

Two of swords in a general reading

Two of Swords is the tarot card for compromise, passiveness, keeping the peace (as in not rocking the boat), stalemate, indecision and avoiding conflict. The passiveness of this card is temporary as you will not be in this state forever. You are waiting to see what your options are, and bidding your time for a better result before taking appropriate action. Two of swords tarot card often shows up when the Seeker is afraid of showing people what they really stand for in fear of upsetting others.

In situations, Two of swords speak of facts, laws and regulations. It speaks of those things that can be proven and measured, things that can be used as evidence.

Two of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Two of swords tarot card denotes the Seeker wants to be an equal in relationship, and they avoid conflicts to the best of their ability. Sometimes Two of swords denotes the Seeker is unable to see a suitable partner who is right in front of them.

Two of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Two of swords tarot card indicates legal work, work in peacekeeping and diplomacy. Two of swords in a career reading speaks of cooperation. Two of swords can also signify a hairdresser.

Learn what Ace of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Two of swords tarot card

This is someone who seeks harmony in relationships and situations. They find it hard to function if there are confrontations and/or unresolved issues causing toxic undercurrents in their environment. They need things to be very balanced and work hard towards keeping and/or restoring peace around them. They do not like conflict and will compromise a great deal to avoid arguments. They find it hard to make decisions and try their best not to rock the boat. When faced with changes they think of how it will affect other people more than how it will affect them. It is hard for them to tell others how they feel, they like to keep it to themselves. They are very private people.

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Two of Swords tarot card reversed indicates conflicts are unavoidable and compromises are not reached. The seeker might be exhibiting too much personality and creates drama just to have something to do. This card often shows up reversed when there is a lot of talks and little action. The person might pretend to know what they are doing, and are faking it until they are making it. There are information overload and confusion. What is really going on?

Tips when the Two of Swords shows up reversed in a reading: Be aware of toxic tongue syndrome. The seeker might be on the receiving end or is the one doing it. Help the seeker finding ways of engaging in a healthy way with others. Being a team player will get them further than acting uninterested. 

Personality types in reversed Two of swords tarot card

This is someone who is unable to separate facts from fiction. They are imbalanced and confused, and they don’t know what is going on around them. This is someone who is unable to keep relationships harmonious and there is always unnecessary drama going on. They don’t know who to trust and often end up putting their faith in the wrong people. Two of swords tarot card reversed indicates someone who is chaotic and at times very confrontational. They lack tact and are always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong people. Sometimes they keep terrible secrets of abuse from those who can help them.

Two Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Two of swords:

Two of swords + The Fool: Clarity. Following a set of rules. 

Two of swords + The High Priestess: Clairaudience. Hearing Spirit. Trusting intuition. 

Two of swords + The Empress: Hairdresser. Beauty. 

Two of swords + The Lovers: Blind love. 

Two of swords + Temperance: Angel intuitive. 

Two of swords + Ace of wands: Researching. 

Two of swords + Three of wands: The legal side of an enterprise. Facts and numbers. 

Two of swords + Five of wands: Talent scout. Red tape.

Two of swords + Two of cups: Acting uninterested. 

Two of swords + Ace of cups: Not noticing love. 

Two of swords + Four of cups: Administration. Writing. 

Two of swords + Five of cups: Unnecessary drama. 

Two of swords + Seven of cups: Living in your head. Creating an imaginary world. 

Two of swords + Knight of cups: Avoiding getting emotionally attached. 

Two of swords + Ace of pentacles: A logical business decision. 

Two of swords + Two of pentacles: Restructuring a business. Reconstructing your life. 

Two of swords + Six of pentacles: Peacekeeper. Helping those who need it the most. 

Two of swords + Eight of pentacles: Designing. 

Two of swords + Three of swords: Withholding love. 

Two of swords + Eight of swords: Learning disability. 

Two of swords + Knight of swords: A sophisticated activist. Legal channels. 

Two of swords tarot card meanings summary

Two of swords tarot card meanings denote staying as objective and detached as possible. In a career question, it is a good card to get as it denotes you have the skills to get the job done, and you will be learning new skills with ease. This card signifies staying open to new ideas. On a more negative note; the seeker will have problems holding on to a belief system even if it will be beneficial for them. They are slow to believe and quick to doubt.


  1. Judy January 15, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Hi Inger, I asked the question what is this persons true romantic feelings towards me and received the following cards in a celtic cross spread: page coin- he only likes the way I look,hanged man- now is not a good time to act,10 coin -action?, 3sword (distant past) he no longer feels let down by me, Emperor – recent past ? 2 cups- there could be a romantic future, 2 wands (me) I took action and feel really pleased with myself, Fool (him) he is not someone I should trust my heart to, 6 swords -a way will be paved and we may become friends and the outcome 2 swords- he is acting disinterested to save himself from emotional pain. Does my interpretation ring true with you? Also what is the Emperor energy as a recent past & 10 coin energy as action?

  2. Inger Bråthen January 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Hi, Judy. This card combination can mean there is a focus on love in your life at the moment and you need someone who shares your spiritual beliefs and values. This can mean that you will need some time to develop a relationship with this person, and you will need time to focus on each other, and communicate clearly with each other.

  3. denica February 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    hi, received this card in a 3 card spread about the immediate future of someones love life. strength reversed + 2 of swords + chariot reversed. please could this be explained… i would really appreciate it

  4. Inger Bråthen February 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hi, this card combination can mean there will be some difficulties for a while in love. The Seeker has good intentions but is dragged into drama.

  5. Tanya February 20, 2017 at 7:27 am


    This card was an answer to the question “should I trust person X?” And it is a confusing answer. Does it simply confirm that I already do not trust X, or does it tell me not to trust X?

  6. Inger Bråthen February 20, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Two of swords suggests that you should trust X until this person gives you a reason not to. 🙂

  7. Tanya February 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Thank you, Inger !

  8. Inger Bråthen February 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

    It is telling you to trust this person and only see what is truly going on rather than imagining things that isn’t going on. Two of swords indicate this person is fair.

  9. PJ February 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Isn’t the 2 of swords indicate a decision is/needs to be made, or coming to a crossroad in life?

  10. Inger Bråthen February 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Yes, it can be. But in two of swords the Seeker is often bidding time to see if a third option will present itself, or if someone will make the decision for them, or if they will be able to see things clearer in the near future. 🙂

  11. RiRi March 2, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Hi Inger! I love your site, a friend got me into tarot but I think without your site I would have lost interest 🙂

    I get 2 of Swords a lot in my readings on my long distance love issue! He seemed to really like me, even talking about marriage (although I never wanted that) but since an argument about something his friends told him is safe and I disagreed with, he removed me from skype, didnt wish me on any occasion and didnt reply my 4-5 messages during these 7 months.. I think he knows my feelings are solid and real and is just taking advantage of it.. I even saw pics of him with his friends and another girl and one with her and her dad.. I know I shouldnt care and I try not to care but I’ve been through stuff in my life and this again made me lose faith in love and people.. Im not well with my health at all and I just want to resolve my issues and be at peace.. I think the 2 of Swords might show this indecision and yeah it bugs me seeing it again and again xDD lol

    It’s always similar cards more or less- 7 and 8 of pentacles show for months and have started reappearing, the Queen of Cups I call my card and is a new “regular” usually in high power position and lately the 5 of wands and 7 of wands..I do a reading every week/10days online but this is a reading my best friend did for me:

    (Love and me) 8 of Pentacles,
    (Situation) Queen of Cups,
    (Challenges) Hermit,
    (Recent Past) 5 of Wands,
    (Higher Power) 7 of Cups,
    (Near Future) 6 of Wands,
    (Issues) King of Swords,
    (The Loved One) 3 of Pentacles,
    (Love Advice) 7 of Pentacles,
    (Long Term Pontential) Page of Wands

    in my sister’s reading, 6 of Wands was in Advice position and 2 of Swords as Long term potential.. I really dont understand those two cards so, the whole message gets lost on me..

    Sorry for length, Have a wonderful month! <3

  12. Inger Bråthen March 2, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Hi, RiRi. In love, Two of swords often shows up when there is a love interest, even a soulmate, right in front of us, that we are not seeing because we are focusing on someone or something else. I feel like your soulmate is very close. This is someone who will offer you love, nurturing and security. I feel like this is someone who is very worldly and also an educated person who can sometimes be like an intellectual almost. I feel like you will know who this person is in between 10-12 months from now….:)

  13. Maggie March 12, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Hello I had the combination of 2 of swords and the lovers for the future in a love reading . Can you explain more on the blind love ?

  14. Inger Bråthen March 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Hi, Maggie. This card combination can mean that the person you will fall in love with will be in your life for a while before you notice the person.

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