Is it a battle? Is it a game? A competition? Five young men in different colored attire raising their wands with energy and passion. No one looks to be injured but if wands were opinions we could hear the noise. When we are so engrossed in our individual expressions how can we hear what the other people have to say? For a civil society, what good can come from that? The message here is a support of diversity. When we are truly confident in our opinions we don’t feel threatened by differences and can allow for a frank and easy sharing. After all, the end game isn’t to get others to necessarily agree with your opinion but rather to have them hear you express it. They are free to make their own decisions as you are free to make yours.
A naked man and woman looking very much like Adam and Eve face each other separated by a phallic mountain behind them. They stand on a verdant bank. Behind the woman is the tree of knowledge with a snake circling around the trunk gazing curiously at the woman, perhaps waiting for the right moment to entice her to try one of the delicious apples. Behind the man is a tree with fiery leaves. Passion is his as knowledge is hers. These are the choices for each of them. The man looks at the woman, the woman looks up towards the heavens. What will bring these two together? How will the choose to cross the divide? Choice is the crux of the matter with the Lovers in Tarot. After all they are building a relationship. What kind of relationship will this be? A bright sun shines above. The Angel Gabriel appears out of the clouds in the blue sky with a blessing. He encourages the two to appeal to their higher nature and marry the divine spirit with earthly passion as they make their way on the earthly plane. In this time of crisis when we are faced with a mindset of lack and confusion, we are called to calm ourselves, look within, listen to the still voice of our soul. Be safe. Be healthy. Be strong. Believe. Namaste.
In Tarot swords typically have to do with mental activity, thoughts and communication. Twos are duality, choice and decisions. The picture shows a blindfolded woman sitting on a bench in front of a body of wavy water. She holds a sword in each hand and her hands are crossed in front of her heart. She is balanced and stable but fixed; however, because she is blindfolded we feel she is unable, perhaps refusing, to see the options clearly in order to make a choice or decision. Her white robe signifies purity and perhaps innocence. Is the blindfold of her own making? In its reversed position, the Two of Swords is encouraging us to make a decision–to come to terms with this period of stasis and to get past that feeling of hoping things will take care of themselves and that the situation will find its conclusion on its own accord. The swords point downwards; it is time to remove the blindfold and see the options for what they are and to make a choice. You know more than you think you do. Trust in your perception. The waters ahead will always have rocks and obstacles. That’s a given. Make a choice and ride it through. You can always change course if you need to.