The Two of Swords is the card of difficult choices, feeling stuck in the middle, stalemates, and denial. This card shows a blindfolded woman holding two crossed swords. The swords represent the two choices that she is deciding between. She is undecided and finding it difficult to choose. Her blindfold indicates that she is not seeing the situation clearly and may not know the whole truth.
The Two of Swords reminds us that difficult decisions are a part of life. They are a part of romance as well. Sometimes, we are the one who has to make a tough call. Other times, we are waiting anxiously for someone else to make a decision that will affect us. The Two of Swords reminds us that we should always make the decision that feels most authentic to us.
If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Two of Swords, that means that emotional detachment may be an issue in this relationship. It is astrologically associated with Moon in Libra, which is an interesting energy that balances deep emotions with the detachment required to be impartial. Somebody in this relationship has a hard time being vulnerable. An inability to be vulnerable with somebody you’ve just met is perfectly normal, but if you’ve been together for years you should be able to be open to each other. The lack of vulnerability might lead to bottled emotions, and then resentments, and then explosive anger. Addressing the lack of openness might not seem urgent, but if not addressed you might just end up with a Tower moment.
The Two of Swords as love outcome is a sign of feelings of uncertainty as well as indecisiveness. You or your person could feel detached, not because you don’t love your person, but perhaps one of you has a fear of missing out. For example, if you’re in your younger years, you may get cold feet about settling down. As a result, the relationship stalls and doesn’t move at the pace the other person would like. Communication is very important in situations like this. While feeling unsure about commitment is perfectly normal, making the other partner feel taken for granted or unloved is not okay.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Two of Swords as love outcome means weighing the pros and cons when it comes to this relationship. Somebody may be approaching this relationship from an overly “head over heart” angle. Another way this card’s energy may manifest is a disconnect between what the heart wants and what the head thinks you need in a partner. Be mindful that what we think is our ideal partner might be based on an unrealistic standard. Are you or your person comparing yourselves to couples on social media? Is the image based on unhealthy relationships that you witnessed in childhood?
If you are in a new relationship, the Two of Swords as love outcome means a stalemate. This does not mean that the relationship doesn’t have any potential at all. However, there may be something preventing this relationship from reaching its full potential. Outside interferences, such as family and friends, could be in your ears influencing your decision making. Remember that you and your person are the ones who will have to live and breathe this relationship. It’s not for external parties to decide for you what you should do, so listen to your heart.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Two of Swords as love outcome means avoiding issues that may need solving. A touchy subject could be a sore point in your relationship, but neither of you are willing to address it. This is the energy of burying your head in the sand. No matter what the matter is, it’s simply unhealthy. Don’t let the little things pile up and turn into a big deal of resentment. Alternatively, one of you may be frustrated at the lack of certainty of the relationship’s future, and may feel like they’re being strung along.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Two of Swords as love outcome means a lack of movement in your relationship. If you are separated by distance, neither of you can decide what your next move should be. You may be aware that for a long-distance relationship to work, one of you will need to relocate, but neither of you want to initiate that discussion. The Swords suit is all about communication in the Tarot, and the advice is to have that “Big Talk.” If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, they are indecisive. An open discussion and being clear with your intentions and expectations might help give your relationship some direction.
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If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Two of Swords reversed, that means that a decision needs to be made in the relationship. Your or person may have been avoiding making this decision, but you’ve reached a breaking point. You’ve put off making this decision, and now the decision has made itself. The Universe has stepped in, and created a small scale Tower moment to get you out of an unhealthy comfort zone. With its astrological association to the Moon in Libra, you’re advised to see both sides of the situation.
The Two of Swords reversed as love outcome is a sign of there finally being movement in a situation. If analysis paralysis was an issue in the past, it is an issue no more. However, be mindful of chaotic decision making. Remain calm, and don’t be dictated by your own fears. If your person is struggling with any type of mental imbalance, show them compassion and moral support. Likewise, your person is finally seeing a different side of a situation and will hopefully begin showing you compassion.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Two of Swords reversed as love outcome means finally finding clarity on the potential of a relationship. You, your person, or both have finally decided to listen to your own intuition. Neither of you are allowing external opinions to influence your decision making or the future of the relationship. Another thing that this card represents in the upright position is maintaining your privacy. When this card appears in the reverse, it urges you to stay private because that will protect the integrity and longevity of your relationship. However the reversal also asks you to balance it out by being transparent. You can be private but not secretive, understand the difference.
If you are in a new relationship, the Two of Swords reversed as love outcome means full transparency on the pros and cons of this relationship. Full transparency is rarely comfortable. Maybe you two started on the wrong foot. Things aren’t perfect, and no relationship is perfect, but at least both of you accept the situation for what it is. The truth has set you free, even if you don’t like it. Finally, there’s no more paranoia or uncertainty.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Two of Swords reversed as love outcome means no longer being avoidant. Facing your relationships head on. If one or both of you were in denial about a sore spot in this relationship, you’re in denial no more. That elephant in the room has been addressed. It won’t be easy, but you will both thank yourself later. In fact, don’t be surprised if it just brings you closer than ever.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Two of Swords reversed as love outcome means finally entering a period of certainty after uncertainty. If you are separated by distance, you’re finally getting clarity on how to proceed in this long-distance relationship. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person is finally clear on how they feel and what they want. They can see clearly now, and they see things for what they are. To better understand what your person gained clarity about and how they feel about it, examine the surrounding cards.
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For love readings, the Two of Swords represents deciding between two difficult choices. Sometimes, we are the one who is deciding. Other times, we are the one who is waiting for an answer. It’s a hard situation to be in, but ultimately, you have to make the call that feels most authentic to you.
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