Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The 2 of Swords

I'm kicking some serious ass on my tarot interpretations: just doing final edits on the pip cards before moving onto the court cards. It's so interesting to lump them by suit and interpret them, and then lump them by number and see what comparisons and contrasts pop up. Fascinating stuff...well, today we're onto the 2 of Swords which is a really neat card visually. It offers up such a rich variety of interpretations and angles to view it from. The swords get a major bum rap in the tarot world. The first tarot book I bought explained the swords as being, and I swear I'm paraphrasing, not exagerating: all of the bad thing, all of human kind's worst impulses. Well, you'll pick up on a pattern with my interpretations: the best cards can have negative interpretations, and the worst cards can have positive ones. It's all about the context, and where the querent is at. There's no denying the swords feature some of the harshest imagery and traditional interpretations in the deck, but swords are associated with the element of air: the mind; the truth. The truth can hurt.

A refresher for those just tuning in: each week I'm featuring a different tarot card, and my interpretation of that card based on the imagery, numerology, and elemental associations. I've just passed the half-way mark of getting the whole deck interpreted (40 out of 78 cards done!), and when it's finished, it will be designed and published into a zine by my designer/animator husband, and available for purchase. Yay!

The Two of Swords
"In the two of swords the idea of 2’s as representing choices becomes much more clear, and that should come as no surprise. The swords are far more adept at pruning the bush than beating around it. The woman sits blind-folded, her back to the ever-changing sea of her emotions. The idea is that she is shutting out all that could sway her from a balanced and objective decision. She clutches two crossed swords to her chest. They're so large, they disapear off the edges of the card, suggesting this is an important decision she's making. Certainly the swords are heavy, but she resolutely holds them both up, appearing to shift uncomfortably on her stone seat.

It doesn’t look like either sword is being lowered. Perhaps we’ve caught her in the moment of deliberation, testing the weight of each, but her closed off arm position (blocking her heart chakra) has led many an interpreter to see here a hesitancy to choose. Perhaps her blind-fold allows her to shut out the necessity of making a choice. Perhaps ignoring the sea of her subconscious is keeping her blocked, unsure of what to do.

Making lists of pros and cons can be very useful, and sometimes an objective viewpoint is exactly what’s needed, but when the objective comparison comes out equal, the time has come to open your eyes and tune into other, more perceptive sources. It has also been suggested that what is necessary as depicted in this card is the ability to hold two paradoxical ideas at once, instead of dismissing one of them.

A search for ultimate truth is inevitably going to lead to moments of recognizing two seemingly contradictory ideas being equally true. So do you just carry around every truth you suss out as being accurate? We'll find out what happens when you take that approach in the cards to come..."

Have you pulled out your deck for a quick draw to play with these ideas yet? We've gone through seven cards so far: not very many, but still an eclectic mix of ideas and focuses. Try separating out those seven, choosing two at random, and then seeing how their various meanings play off of each other to create entirely new ideas and situations. You can do that with your whole deck to great effect, if you have a working knowledge of interpreting them, or a book or other source of interpretations that's working for you. Open your mind to new and fascinating insights! Have fun!

~em

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