debating knowledge

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Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Two of Swords tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Swords card and a Two. The Suit of Swords represents knowledge and intellect. Twos represent debate, partnership, and duality.

In this way, we can determine that the Two of Swords represents debating knowledge.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Two of Swords displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

What is the figure waiting for? Why are they blindfolded?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Moon in Libra
Element: Air
Numerology: 2

Common Symbols

  • Blindfolded Figure: to represent making decisions based solely on logic.
  • A Crescent Moon: to represent receptivity and cyclical change

Keywords & Concepts

  • Debate
  • Denial
  • Impasse
  • Truce

The Two of Swords for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I strive to see all sides of every issue.

It’s time to look the situation head on and see it for what it really is. Think clearly about what you want and where you’re going.

Ask Yourself:

  • What’s going on in your life?
  • What are you avoiding? Why?
  • To what extent are your own decisions based on logic? On emotion?

Interpreting the Two of Swords

Generally, the Two of Swords represents debating knowledge. This isn’t an argument, conflict, or fight. It’s a debate – perhaps a passionate one – where ideas are weighed and exchanged. Both sides are explored. Decisions are made after careful consideration of all the facts.

The Reversed Two of Swords

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Two of Swords represents a misuse of information. Examples include:

  • Rejecting evidence because of prejudice
  • Nit-picking at unimportant details
  • Arguing for the sake of it
  • Delaying decisions due to fear of the consequences
  • Withholding information

Examples of the Two of Swords

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Stop avoiding unpleasant confrontations, they’re not going anywhere. Honest disagreements are a natural part of a relationship. Are you in denial?


Don’t make decisions without all the facts. Then, be prepared to defend your decisions. However, just because you’re right doesn’t mean you won’t have to let go and wait.


Who are you really? Avoid criticizing yourself due to unrealistically high standards. Love yourself – including your shortcomings.

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The Two of Swords tarot card meaning is all about debating knowledge. It’s time to weigh all sides and debate all the information (in a scholarly manner).

Once you feel comfortable with the Two of Swords tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Three of Swords Tarot Card Meaning.


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