Rider Waite Smith Two of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Two of Swords


The Two of Swords represents an urge to retreat inwards and limit stimulation from the outside world. At times this can be constructure, such as in moments that call for our inner wisdom and focus. Too much, however, leads to self-isolation and blockage. In crossing two swords across our chests (interestingly, in front of our hearts) we risk repelling what we need as well as what we want to protect ourselves from. This card also shows us the turbulence of being stuck inside one's head.


Isolation, withdrawal, retreat, drawing inwards, relying on thoughts alone, inner turmoil, and attempt to access intuition

Appears as

Feeling overwhelmed and needing space, self-isolating in an attempt to gain clarity and calm, activated defense mechanisms, withdrawing from conflict or opportunity, internalized fear, troubled thoughts, need to think differently (or not think at all.)