Swords represent the often unruly element of Air and often a disturbance in mental/emotional balance; However, the 2's of Tarot represent a union of the Conscious and Unconscious. Therefore, the 2 of Swords represents: A quarrel made up and arranged, the restoration of peace.
The Tarot 2 of Swords is ruled by Chokmah (Wisdom), a fiery energy state of Conscious. We all know what heat and air combined can do on Earth, from nice breezes to horrifying tornadoes and hurricanes, heat and air combine to make weather that can change with little notice. Thus this suite of swords, which governs all intellectual manifestations (Mind over matter) is at best always complicated and at least disordered. Even thought this is the best balanced of the Swords suit, it is also paradoxical and subject to change more than any other suit.
The Two of Swords zodiacal attribution is the Moon in Libra. This balances the changing nature of the Moon, allowing the energy of the suit (Chokmah) to abide the onslaught of disruption and maintain a comparative calm that is unusual to the suit of air.
The Two of Swords of the Thoth Deck has two swords crossed, emphasizing peace after conflict with a blue five petaled Rose in the Center that represents the harmonizing influence of the Mother Sophia/Wisdom. The Blue Rose produces white rays that produce geometric symbols of equilibrium.
The Wisdom of the Blue Sophia(Gnostic Greek name of the Goddess Mother---later became the Blue Madonna of the Christian sects.) dispels the antagonism and all is a strained peace for the moment.
The celestial attribution of the 2 of Swords, is the Moon in Libra; the Moon is change, but nature is inherently peaceful which enhances the balancing nature of Libra. Overall, one would think of the disruption of Chokma (#2 Sephira- Wisdom) in the suit of Air (Swords); Air being a suit born from the conflict of Water and Fire in marriage. Air/Swords is subject to change as no other suit, not only from the fire/water parentage but also when Earth appears the suit becomes crystallized.
To reiterate: In the Thoth Deck, the 2 of Swords, shows two Swords of equal strength, crossed; they are combine by a 5 petal blue rose. The Blue Rose represents the Gnostic Sophia, and the Qabalistic Binah) the Great Mother of Wisdom (Female aspect of Chokma), whose harmonizing influence, plus that of Libra, compounds the latent antagonism of the Suit of Swords. The pinwheel shaped white rays, are in a geometrical pattern that emphasizes the harmonic equilibrium of the 2. Peace is about the best word used to describe this harmonic.
The Barbara Walker Tarot- 2 of Swords-Balance:
depicts the traditional female blind justice with 2 swords set against the sea and the moon. The 2 swords represent two potentially dangerous forces set against each other, balancing or canceling each other out.
Some call this Karma, as it is in effect a statement of every action produces an equal and opposite reaction.
Female justices and magistrates, were still in operation in the early period of the Middle Ages. The Christian Chronicles of the time, referred to them as witches who were also judges, dating from the pre-Christian systems of ius naturale (natural law) based on tribal mother-rite. According to Ulpian: (Ulpian (/ˈʌlpiən/; Latin: Gnaeus Domitius Annius Ulpianus; c. 170 – 223) was a Romanjurist of Tyrian ancestry), all justice must be founded on "the feminine nature principle, which has a profounder kinship with the natura iustum (that which is just by nature) than does the male sex, with its greater susceptibility to the principle of domination." The Greek Pythagorean mystics, also claimed that justice and equity were innate attributes of the feminine nature principle.[Bachofen, 186,189]
Karmic law has its oldest roots in the Matriarchal Goddess. Basically, Her Karmic law stated that those who treat others with benevolent acts, bring benevolence upon themselves and those who do malevolent acts to others, bring malevolence upon themselves, in this life or the next. We may know this as the Golden Rule, of doing unto another what you would have done to you. Really, there can be no greater justice than "reaping what you sow".
The Moon, the symbol of the Goddess, represents a very changeable and erratic "planet" but assumes a stability in Libra making this is a tenuous situation. For now, it is stable---often only because of denial or equal force. Once denial fades or one side lessens force, peace will be disrupted. The mind is like the Moon, always changing and if we know that all thought has error, we can "create, see the error and correct it" in our progressive thought processes. To always be right, is a process of denial---as is to always be wrong. In truth, thought is merely a subtle medium/material that we work with and is not a Truth until we can make it manifest as a expansive operation of a living organism. Thought, in order to "be rightful motion" must always be expansive and limber--- as progressive thinking demands flexibility just as life demands motion.
The Tarot, 2 of Swords; Peace or Balance, is done on the sub or unconscious level, arriving in the conscious as two issues, situations, and/or choices that are integrated; the mind is now at peace. Outward signs of this mental integration shall soon be experienced. This balance is represented on the Thoth Tarot Card by the two swords piercing the blue lotus of wisdom and on the Barbara Walker Tarot, as 2 equal sized swords, held in equal height.
The resolution that is Peace of Mind is shown on the Thoth Tarot, as four pin-wheels which represent the four levels of mind, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical. If you followed my aura blog , you would know these levels as Causal Body(spiritual/causation), Mental Body (mental), Emotional Body (emotion) and Physical Body (physical). Bodies, being States of Conscious Energy.
The handles of the swords on the Thoth Tarot, show angels coming off of them which represents pervasive peace through the whole mental system. The handles are also Scorpion shaped representing the Astrological sign of Scorpio; Scorpio being the sign most associated with transformation.
This is a transformation of whole-mind that establishes a vivid peace of mind.
Again, astrologically, the Two of Swords is Moon in Libra which is symbolized by the two small swords, the one at the top holds a crescent moon, while the one at the bottom holds the sign of Libra.
On the Thoth Tarot Card, the moon represents a deep subconscious generation of peace (being signified by the sign of Libra) that goes to a spiritual place (yellow color of the card) and is a regenerative and renewing peace as shown by the green on the card.
Each of us has inherited the Power to "Think" which gives us the ability to begin creation. Thought has no power over us any more than it does over the Divine Creative. Thought is merely a "subtle clay" for our rough sculpturing of Self-Awareness, that must be smoothed and refined by the constant attention of experience. To agree on a Sculpturing together, is peaceful... and often more fun than attacking each others creativity!
When the Thoth 2 of Swords/Peace or the Barbara Walker 2 of Swords/Balance card is thrown, the querent maybe said to be experiencing:
According to dignity of the accompanying cards, the 2 of Swords, could also mean, one is lacking tact, often doing injury when meaning well.
Because of the very nature of the Sword Suit, a Card reader must pay particular attention to the surrounding cards in a reading and allow intuition to play a major part in the interpretation. We must remember that the Mind is a place of Fantasy where theory becomes fact by lazy belief rather than the effort of knowledge, which constitutes manifesting it into form.
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