Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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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 a 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.

Two of swords as Feelings

Two of swords as feelings can mean the Seeker feels a bit emotionally disconnected. They feel the need to understand what is going on on an intellectually level before they trust their feelings. If you are asking how someone feels about you, Two of swords can mean this person has not yet developed romantic feelings. If you are in a relationship, Two of swords can mean your other half needs some space to just be themselves. If there has been conflict, now is a time to resolve it.

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:

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

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

2 of swords + The Empress: Hairdresser. Beauty. 

2 of swords + The Lovers: Blind love. 

2 of swords + Temperance: Angel intuitive. 

2 of swords + Ace of wands: Researching. 

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

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

2 of swords + Two of cups: Acting uninterested. 

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

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

2 of swords + Five of cups: Unnecessary drama. 

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

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

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

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

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

2 of swords + Eight of pentacles: Designing. 

2 of swords + Three of swords: Withholding love. 

2 of swords + Eight of swords: Learning disability. 

2 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.

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Swords Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of Two of WandsTwo of Pentacles, and Two of Cups. 

Learn the meaning of the Number 2 in Numerology Here. 

26 thoughts on “Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. 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. 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. 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. Hello,

    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?

  5. 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. :)

  6. 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

  7. 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….:)

  8. 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 ?

  9. Hi there, how would you see upright two of swords with reversed 7 of swords as clarifier for the question of whether a guy misses me?

  10. I had a questions about manifesting my perfect mate and the cards came as Two or Swords, Strength and The Sun (in that order). I have no idea what to make of this.

    Any thoughts?

  11. I had a similar situation as a previous commenter re: a long-distance relationship. He is the only person I’ve ever actually loved, and I feel very strongly that there’s some past-live connection involved, because I felt like I had known him… longer than I’ve been alive to know him.

    In my spread, my question was “What can I do to earn him back?”

    Significator – 6 of Cups
    Situation – The Lovers
    Obstacle – Queen of Wands
    Crown – Page of Wands
    Foundation – The Hermit
    Past – 8 of Cups
    Future – The Hierophant
    Me – 6 of Pentacles
    My Environment – Queen of Pentacles
    Hopes/Fears/Advice – The High Priestess
    Outcome – 2 of Swords

    In a similar vein, I asked “Will we get back together?” and drew the Queen of Cups, 10 of Wands, and King of Cups.

    If you had any advice or interpretation, I’d really appreciate it, since I’m still very new to tarot reading!

  12. I pulled two single cards, the two of swords for how he feels about me and the knight of swords for near future outcome of our relationship. I interpreted the two of swords as his feelings are at a crossroad where his mind and heart are at conflict in how he feels about me. He has more feelings for me or rather he likes me more than he’s willing to admit to himself and that is where the conflict comes in with his mind. As for the knight of swords as a relationship outcome, I read it as that his mentality is a little immature at the moment and whatever conflict there is between us, he is charging ahead without thinking or stopping to prove to me that he is the one in charge and he will speak to me or sort things out when he is ready. When that time arrives, we will be able to sort things out and we will stay in a relationship not of romance but as friendship only. Is there something that I am misinterpreting or anything that you could add to bring a clearer light to these two cards for me?

  13. Yes, I think his mind and his heart could be at conflict. Knight of swords shows up when there will be some conflicts, and two of swords often shows up when someone is not very comfortable with their feelings.

  14. Hi Inger,

    For the last two weeks of September, the overall theme is the The King of Cups reversed but the clarifying cards are:

    2 of Swords (reversed)

    I would love and very much appreciate your interpretation!

    Thank you so much!

  15. I asked what the next 3 months hold for me and my x
    Past- World
    Present-2 of swords
    Future-6 of cups.
    Could the 6 of cups point to a reconciliation? Thank you for your help.

  16. Hey! i was doing a love reading for myself and the empress and 2 of swords reversed popped out, what could this combo mean? thank you!

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