2 of Swords

Intimacy, Magnetic Attraction, The Silent But Powerful Force of Refined Excellence

It’s intriguing to study and discover major differences between early tarot meanings and modern day definitions.

In the case of the 2 of Swords, commonly defined as “indecision, blocked emotions or friendship” we find the exact opposite in its esoteric origins {although it applies to the card reversed.}

The Taurus influence on the 2 of Swords is strong on the Venusian element, which is where we get magnetic attraction of the sexes, according to A.E. Thierens.

That attraction might be hidden, dormant or silent; nevertheless, it still pulls us toward (or back to) our inherent human essence of raw, honest intimacy – something many of us have lost or rejected in our illusional state of duality and separation.

But this powerful magnetism toward intimacy isn’t just a force that draws us to any kind of sex or intimate affection. It’s also an attraction toward creative quality and excellence. This is why Thierens also associates this card with having a refined appreciation for art.

It reminds me of our original existential nature to co-create Epicurean life enjoyment, classical styles and cultures, which thereby evolves human greatness.

But it isn’t a matter of developing or enforcing that deep and meaningful attraction; it’s simply a matter of remembering who we are – powerful co-creators of the magnificent universe.

When The 2 of Swords Shows Up In A Reading

Health and Body Image: It’s time to take a look at your sexual health and intimate relationships, especially as it might relate to past or current traumas. Upright, this card is a good omen for health and healing, especially if you have a safe outlet to express your essential need for true intimacy.

Occupation and Finances: Have you considered an occupation that allows your creativity or inner art connoisseur to shine? Or perhaps the field of counseling such as sex or couples’ therapy? This card may be a sign to open up to business possibilities that enhance deeper human connections before profit-making.

Relationships: The 2 of Swords is a favorable omen for a deeply satisfying sex life within an intimate relationship. Who is your soul attracted to?

Hidden Meaning: When we relish life and its innate creativity as an individual, we naturally experience intimacy with others, and life itself. When we’re unsatisfied with life, we tend to subconsciously create friction with others, which only reinforces the cycle. The most fulfilling way to enjoy existence is to enjoy it with others.

2 of Swords by Steampunk Tarot
2 of Swords by Steampunk Tarot

Reversed: Reversed, a 2 of Swords might indicate lust for money or sex, or unsatisfying sex or empty pleasures. There might also be lazy overspending, overindulgence or superficiality, while feeling bored with it all. Things remain on the surface rather than going deeper. Or, someone or something is possibly being resisted with relentless but passive opposition. In any case, there may be an obstruction, possibly from unresolved past traumas. In its extreme, this could lead to harsh brutality, unforgiving or silent hatred. But a will to cultivate the soil can restore health, connection or intimacy. Have the courage to open yourself up – even with all the risks – to establish a genuine connection. Nothing will satisfy until you do.

Advice: Human intimacy isn’t just one of our essential needs. It’s the core of our existence. Of course, intimacy is also terrifying when risks and past traumas are considered. The best and safest way to achieve it is to begin with your power of self-love. Being your authentic self naturally attracts others who have the potential to create an affectionate and meaningful existence together with you. When we’re good and strong on our own, we can allow others to get close to us without fear of being hurt.

Astrological Association: Taurus

Element: Earth on the Second House

Timing: April 20th to May 21st, or 2 weeks

Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur

Yes or No: Yes

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