06/03/18 - (Further) Indecision

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Two of Swords from the Universal Waite Tarot, published by US Games

Last week the 'Fork in the Road' card came up and I wrote about trusting intuition and feelings about any choices you are currently facing. The theme is echoed again in today's draw - the The Two of Swords. The woman in this card sits - firm and resolute - on a solid stone bench with her feet flat on the floor. She looks perfectly calm and grounded. The swords she is holding are balanced and steady too. They are clean, and appear to be well cared for, and as they represent her thoughts, we can only imagine that she is of sound mind and has clarity of thought. So what is the reason for her indecision? 

The perfectly balanced swords are the first clue - it seems that she has no clear preference, which only makes choosing one or the other more frustrating. Perhaps this is why she is managing to hold them both... for now. As we saw in Sunday's post, twos are an indication that change or action is needed to progress, and if she carries on holding the swords like that she's sure to get cramp and drop one or the both of them. Perhaps she's hoping that the laws of biology and physics will make the decision for her and save her having to do it. 

The second clue is the blindfold. I get the sense that she is peeking below it (do you see the hollows of her eyes?), that she is hiding behind the cloth rather than being genuinely blinkered by it. She really doesn't want to see what's going on, or to face up to the choice ahead of her. To remove the blindfold would require movement and she'd have to put down at least one of those swords/beliefs/ideas. 

Finally, the scene behind her shows the internal difficulty she is having here. Unlike the woman, the sea behind her is neither still nor calm. In fact is has rocky outcrops and a sense of movement. 
The element of water is symbolic of fluidity, feelings and emotions, intuition, relationships, healing, and cleansing. It is a feminine element and reflects the subtle power that often resides within women. It is receptive, adaptable, purifying and flowing. - Biddy Tarot
So this woman does already know what she needs to do. Note that the moon and the number Two are both linked with the High Priestess, who intuitively knows all the answers. 

Now consider that to move from the sea to shore, it would be necessary to navigate the rocks which are visible, and presumably others which we cannot see. This shows that despite her knowing, this really is not an easy 'path' to take. But the moon is waxing which is a sign that she should get things moving.
Since this Moon is waxing (growing fuller), it brings a reminder to pick up the pace and make sure that our actions match our words. - The Astrotwins
So what does all this mean when the Two of Swords shows up as the card of the day? Here are some things to consider:
  • What does this card immediately make you think of? As soon as I turned it over, I knew what it related to. Getting an intuitive 'hit' is the best way to understand the personal significance of any card, but that doesn't have to be it. Whether you know or not, you can still ask yourself the following questions. 
  • Are you struggling to balance two opposing options, opportunities, thoughts or beliefs?
  • What warning signs are you being purposefully blind to?
  • What ideas (thoughts, beliefs etc) are you reticent to let go of? (Why? What are you afraid of?)
  • How can you remove any distractions (put your blindfold on) to listen to your intuition about this? Maybe some meditation. 

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