Please carefully consider these two, seemingly opposing quotes:
Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
~ Joshua L. Liebman
If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.
~ George Burns
Could both be true?
If you are human, you will repeatedly experience tension between your feelings and your intellect. The paradox lies in that the complete acceptance of this allows the mind to soften and more easily align with the emotions (and vice versa).
The 2 of Swords is both a card of tension/conflict and a card of peace/surrender. The fact that the 2 of Swords is ruled by the ever waxing and waning Moon tells us that neither state can be permanent and that we have to continue to surrender if we wish to achieve peace and relaxation.
Libra strives for harmony and this is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to the 2 of Swords. The constant need to be in harmony with other people can easily get a person stuck in limbo, where they dare not move forward out of fear of offending others. However, it is also a blessing in that the most diplomatic solution is always sought and this is indeed for the Highest Good of All.
The trick is to invoke grace whenever we feel stuck or in limbo. Just because we can’t see the solution doesn’t mean it isn’t there!
Affirmation: “I accept that tension is part of the human condition and let go of it now.”
2 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for my calling and the gifts that come with it. Help me develop those gifts in a spirit of team-work and to rejoice in the knowledge that my unique skills are needed for the highest good of All. So mote it be!
Correspondences for the 2 of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Archangel: Gabriel (ruler of the Moon) and Jophiel (angel of Libra)
Gemstone: Amber, selenite and jade
Scent: Bergamot, rose and jasmine
The 2 of Swords in Love and Relationships
Is he/she good for you? Is this relationship compatible with your life goals?
With the 2 of Swords, doubt might creep into the relationship. This is not necessarily a bad thing as doubt can be the seed of discernment.
The 2 of Swords is essentially a tool for aligning the head and the heart. It seeks peace and will eventually cut out that which disturbs the balance. But until it has made its mind up, there can be a feeling of stalemate in the relationship.
This is not so much a card of intimacy as of withholding intimacy. However, should you end up in bed with this card, as it were, the energy will be considerate and ‘diplomatic.’ You’ll probably fall asleep with the same tension you brought with you to the lovemaking.