The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot- Two of Swords & The Thoth Tarot-2 of Swords-Peace

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· Rider-Waite-Tarot

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The Rider-Waite -Two of Swords, shows the underlying tension of the Moon (Crescent in the sky) in Libra (swords held crossed as Libra Scales) as a blind compromise. Here the figure is wearing a blind fold, suggesting compromise at the cost of "little examination of a thing". The siting figure is obviously androgynous, suggesting the Chokmah, who is a feminine Hebrew word for Wisdom and imitates the Greek Goddess Sophia who is often symbolized as a blue rose. Waite just made the card predominately blue as a suggestion of Sophia. However, Chokmah, the second Sephiroth, is also masculine in the expression of force; Thus, androgynous in action.

This compromise is tenuous, the implication being that not all compromise is necessarily good, it could be a sell-out. Since one must always be true to themselves in order to be genuine, sell-outs will destroy authenticity.

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The four Deuces are the Principle to all systems and the Universal Pattern which is Chokmah, and symbolize the power of the King and Queen who first unite and then initiate the force. Therefore, the 2's imply the fecundation and initiation of a thing; Chokmah makes it real. Sure there is Kether, the One, but Kether is potential "I" while Chokmah is an active "I". The Kether is an observer, often called the "All Seeing eye", but this "I" is not a participant...It just observers and if you have reached deep inner meditations, you have met this Observer, occupying the deep silence. Never interfering but always observing. Chokmah is active and participates and in fact, the union of Chokmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) is the "I AM". from which all else is formed.

The 2's generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.


is also often called the Lord of Peace Restored. Here the Moon is in Libra and Chokmah is influencing the Astral World of Yetzirah. The Angels of the Decan Yealel and Mehahel.

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Swords are the element of Air, attributed to Mind, which can be more often than not, negative and destructive. In the 2 of Swords this destructive nature is balanced by Chokmah and Libra incurring a benevolent nature and a positive card. Thus, the normally clashing swords of this traditional death suit, are held together by the blue five petaled Rose of Sophia which is a symbol for Wisdom and showing the benign influence of the Mother. The affirmation of balance is the cross of light made of pin wheel like forms that imply a balance of active energy.

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The Moon in Libra changes the Moon activity from erratic change to that of subtlety, grace and compromise. Thus, in divination the Two/2 of Swords represents a quarrel made up and arranged, restoring peace. However, this maybe somewhat tenuous, as the peaceful nature is under the tension of motion which is also implied by the swirling pinwheel forms of light in the Thoth Card. The Rider-Waite-Smith card implies a type of tension as a blind fold.


It implies :

  • Peace of Mind.
  • Two issues, relationships, choices or situations have been or are being integrated at a subconscious level...soon to be experienced outwardly.
  • A temporary balance and feeling of release from captivity.
  • Affirming a new belief or lifestyle, expanding opinions and communication.
  • A necessary respite before a change in an attempt to gain a mental balance.
  • Making peace and suspending judgment .

If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Rider-Waite-Smith), it implies:

  • Blocked emotions due to compromise, not accepting realities and the need to be tolerant towards others.
  • Conflict at an impasse a stalemate of balanced forces.

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