Two of Swords – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Two of Swords

Two of Swords – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Two of Swords in a Tarot reading indicates a joining together in a battle and influential protection, this may grow into an affinity that is more than friendship resulting in intimacy, but is it just because of the conflict which when it ends so may the relationship.

In the reversed position beware false offers of friendship and treachery.

Two of Swords – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Latent force, magnetism, the principle of art, artistic appreciation; quality, virtue; magnetic attraction, affinity, intimacy, affection, that force which binds by the reduction of the senses; in weak cases sensuality, laziness, dullness. When badly aspected cruelty, unforgiving hatred, passive obstruction, etc. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Two of Swords

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.

Meanings Two of Swords in a Reading

Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy. The suggestion of harmony and other favourable readings must be considered in a qualified manner, as Swords generally are not symbolical of beneficent forces in human affairs.

Two of Swords – Reversed

Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Gifts for a lady, influential protection for a man in search of help.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Dealings with rogues.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Two of Swords

Divinatory Meanings
Two of Swords – Friendship, Valour, Firmness, Courage.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
False Friends, Treachery, Lies.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Two of Swords

Friendship, attachment, affection, intimacy, affinity, tenderness, attraction, etc. “Concord in a state of arms.” (Waite) Reversed: Falsity, imposture, lie, duplicity, bad faith, deception, superficiality.

The element Earth on the Second house. By virtue of the Venusian qualities of the Taurus-house, this Saturnian and Martian element, as will easily be understood, leads up to the magnetic affinity of the sexes, consequently to intimacy, attraction, affection, etc. But the idea of ‘friendship’ is different and not in this card. It denotes also artistic appreciation, founded on the perfect functioning of the senses. Taste for art will be born from this and an exact knowledge of prices and values. It is the card which means quality and essential virtue. Therefore it has been rendered as ‘falsehood,’ etc., when reversed, i.e. when the innate virtue is wanting. Now in weak cases this card will certainly denote sensuality and lazy luxurious habits, which will be found accompanied in many instances by the desire for money. For the rest we see in such cases the possibility of stupid resistance, dullness, cruelty, relentless opposition and recreation, passive obstruction, perhaps silent, unforgiving hatred. But in another respect it means the will to cultivate the soil, in the literal as well as in the figurative sense.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Two of Swords
Here also the symbolism is better when the points of the swords point upward. The combination of the trumpet with the ankh suggests the announcement of something. It is a symbol of balanced force, but the balance is like that of a dead center. At the moment no action is possible.

Time period
The first decanate of Libra, under the rulership of Venus, from September 23rd to October 2.

Contradictory characters in the same nature: strength through suffering; pleasure after pain. Delay in the realization of objectives. It intimates a period of uncertainty, in which the Querant, through he has a sense of adequate power, does not know just what to do with it. Justice, unselfishness, and the restoration of peace.

Falsehood, sorrow; injury from another who means the Querant well, or injury by the Querant to another in the same way. It is always a symbol of tension, of want of tact, and suggests power held in abeyance, awaiting some announcement or revelation that makes decision possible.


Further reading

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