What does Two mean in Tarot cards?
Thinking about the meanings and themes of numbered Tarot cards, you must definitely start with the numerical value of the card, with numerology. Cards of Two and the Number 2 initially carries union, partnership, pairing in its symbolism. “Two always represents Peace and Will. This is the first manifestation”. (A. Crowley). “Number 2 is responsible for the energy of communication between people, the energy of self-development, duality (in behavior, in decision-making, etc.), progress towards the goal, human activity. Naturally, such characteristics correspond to this figure, since at least two people are required for communication. Self-development presupposes the effort of a person over himself, which again distinguishes two objects”.
Twos represent moments of tension and balance. In order for events to develop, a decision must be made. The tension arises from the understanding that the state of affairs, which is symbolized by the image of the card, cannot last forever. It is also prompted by a desire to know what will happen next.
The main message of twos is doubt, the idea of equilibrium after the odds are obtained. In each suit, Twos are revealed in their own way. This is a small numerical value of the suit, but are they really so “invisible” in the spreads?
The Moon is responsible for the number 2, which means that emotional, sensual aspects are attributed to this number. Let’s take a look at each of the four twos.
Key words and phrases
Formation. Duality. Equilibrium. Collisions between two objects, ideas, people. Crossroad. Competing or combined forces. The need to reconcile the opposites. Conflict. Here and there. Unrealized creativity. Upbringing. Partnership. Reflection. Alternative. Dilemma. The need to make a choice. Where to turn off?
Situation and Advice
Two is associated with the Moon and the astrological sign of Cancer. People born under the sign of Cancer tend to have a well-developed imagination, they are often shy, reserved, gentle, impressionable, sensual, emotional and receptive. Most often, they choose professions in which they need to provide assistance, heal, do charity work and social work. Those born under the sign of Cancer love music, poetry, history, painting, dance, theater. These people definitely need support, since they are prone to gullibility, emotional imbalance, and hypersensitivity.
The appearance of twos in the spread indicates the need for a choice. Most likely, this choice requires cooperation, teamwork, patience, poise, tact, good manners and diplomacy. The foundation laid by the Aces of each suit must be built on further, since the Aces represent only the very first steps. A gentle rather than an aggressive approach can lead to success. Many short trips are possible.
The twos represent the Yin energy that fosters collaboration, partnership, friendship, and receptivity. Yin energy most often corresponds to women who can play an important role in those matters that you asked about before starting fortune-telling. This is the waiting time for seeds planted in the previous period to germinate. If there are Twos in the spread, think carefully before making any important decision.
Two of Wands
planning the future
Key words: discernment, energy, ability, determination, dominance, striving, proposing or choosing a new position / job, confidence.
Reversed: Indecision, confusion, lack of discernment, failure of a business deal.
After the insight and enthusiasm that the Ace of Wands gives, the person comes to understand that just an idea is not enough. The idea itself means little. And here comes an understanding that in order to carry out what was conceived, you need a plan, agreements with those on whom the implementation of the idea depends. Running a little ahead, it should be said that this particular card is the most difficult to understand. Some do not understand the difference between 2 and 3 of Wands or see little difference in them.
The Two of Wands represents a situation with many possibilities. There are so many options, and they are all so attractive! Many people will probably like this situation, but practice shows that the breadth of choice leads to confusion, inability to stop at one of the options for the solution. The Wands correspond to the element of Fire, which means that we must be guided first of all by desire, passion and courage, and then by logic or emotions.
The Two of Wands glorifies courage and greatness. This card represents the same energy as the Mage, but with one important difference. The magician represents the archetype of power, the impersonal energy of creativity and strength. The Two of Wands symbolizes this power, brought down to earth, and which became personal. Personal strength is an uplifting strength that fills you and gives you the courage to be great. A strong person is like a magnet that attracts everything that is needed and everyone who is needed.
True power always comes from the Divine. It passes through us and then flows out into the world. When we understand this, we are blessed because understanding this flow brings with it a tremendous sense of expansion and fulfillment. We feel we can achieve anything. Problems arise when we forget that we are not a source of energy, but only its conductor. We must be careful not to let the intoxicating feelings that come with power overwhelm our common sense and blind us with false desires.
When you see this card, carefully consider your goals and actions to make sure you are using the power and talents given to you wisely. Do not desire power for its own sake, but enjoy it when it serves your worthy purposes. Take this gift and use it to shape your environment in a positive way.
Trust that the time has come for a bold, creative step. Forget about outdated approaches and well-trodden paths. Give yourself some leeway and you will be amazed at the results.
Two of Cups
Key words: union, connection, love at first sight, harmony, falling in love, soul mate, attraction, love relationship.
Reversed: disagreement, argument, unrequited love, disgust, rejection, rose-colored glasses.
After an explosion and a surge of sympathy shown by the Ace, when the head begins to spin with feelings and a desire for a meeting, this meeting itself is scheduled. The man and woman depicted on the card realized the chance that the Ace of Cups gave them. Harmony is clearly shown here: people are sympathetic to each other, they are embraced by a commonality of feelings and desires.
We do not yet know whether this sympathy will grow into a feeling of deep love or the date will be the only one, leaving the romantic flair of a date. The card also shows a certain duality, doubts, as not all first dates lead to an alliance for years. But people have everything required for this. First of all, spiritual closeness and an intoxicating feeling of sympathy. This brotherhood may be one-off and people may part ways with pleasant memories, or they may unite for years, forming a lasting alliance.
This applies not only to the relationship between man and woman. There can be any other relationships that arise between people.
To understand the meaning of the Two of Cups, we just need to carefully examine the image. The man and woman look at each other, ready to share their bowls (emotions). This is a picture of romantic and sexual attraction. The energy between the two is almost palpable. Two of Cups shows us the beauty and strength that is created when two come together. Whenever two forces are attracted to each other, there is the potential for them to connect. This card can mean the union of any two entities: people, groups, ideas or talents.
In the spreads, the Two of Cups asks you to look for connections in your life, to unite with your allies. Now is not a good time to detach or stay on the sidelines. It’s time to work in partnership. If you are in conflict, look for a truce and a chance to forgive and be forgiven. If you are struggling with two choices or two opposites within yourself, try to reconcile them.
Usually, the Two of Cups carries a positive message, but it can also act as a warning. The energy of two can be very unfriendly. If you’ve ever been around two people in love for a long time, you know what I’m talking about. They create their own world among themselves, in which you can feel like an outsider. Two are the company, three are the crowd. Make sure that the tendency towards unification does not create disharmony in your situation.
Two of Swords
Key words: need to make a decision, lack of information, lack of data, denial, feeling of confusion, mind and heart contradict each other.
Reversed: ignoring facts, refusing to make a choice, lying to oneself.
After the Ace, who has clear intentions to cut the Gordian knot, the doubts appear in the Two of Swords. There is a desire to wait, to endure unpleasant cooperation, if the opponent does not violate the boundaries outlined by Two Swords in his hands. These Swords clearly show a boundary that should not be trespassed.
And here the duality manifests itself in the fact that I am ready to put up with something, most likely temporarily, but unless you cross these very boundaries. It is no coincidence that the woman’s eyes are blindfolded on the card. She does not have an iron restraint. This bandage helps her turn off emotions, as the outside irritation. She realizes that emotions are useless here and turns off the possibility of provocation in this way.
She is not yet ready to go through the pain of the Three of Swords, while she is trying to get away with a little blood – “do not touch me, and move away, then I will not touch you”. But Swords is a suit of intellect. Most likely she understands that such tactics are possible as a temporary measure and realizes that she will not be able to hold the Swords in this position for a long time. It is too hard both physically and mentally. A decision may have to be made even through pain is inevitable.
The Two of Swords reflects an unpleasant situation when the heart and mind contradict each other. Since you do not know all the facts or do not see the big picture, you need to rely either on logic based on what is already known, or on intuition. The sword symbolizes the preference for logic, as well as an irresistible desire to learn more before making a choice. Nevertheless, something remains unknown, so the mind must accept that this time the choice remains with the heart.
The Two of Swords speaks of the barriers that we put between ourselves and others, as well as the barriers that we create within ourselves. We block emotions within ourselves and refuse to experience them. We avoid facing the truth and pretend that everything is okay. We think in one way, but we feel different.
In a Tarot spread, the Two of Swords often appears when you are not ready to accept some truth about yourself or a situation. How do you really feel? Are you resisting tender feelings because you might be hurt? Are you furious, although you smile sweetly? What do you close your eyes to?
The most common barrier to accepting the truth is our closed heart. When we disconnect ourselves emotionally, we sever the connection that allows our love to flow outward. Sometimes this is really necessary, but it always comes at a cost. Each time we close our heart, it becomes more difficult for us to open it again. Another barrier between people is a dead end. When two sides confront each other, not wanting to make concessions. To break this barrier, opponents must step out from behind their swords and try to hear each other. The Lesson of the Two of Swords is that barriers are not the answer. We must remain open if we are to find peace and integrity.
Two of Pentacles
planning the future
Key words: diversity, balance, limited resources, price comparison, resource allocation, calmness or even immersion in Zen in the face of a crisis.
Reversed: generosity at the expense of others, financial ruin, awkward situation, stress, violent energy.
Perhaps this is the brightest card of the Twos of the deck, which shows doubts and stress. Having received a reward and a chance from the Ace, the person has not yet fully realized what to do with it. He is still in doubt and has a choice before him. On the one hand, the money or benefits that Ace gave must be “mastered”, on the other hand, he still does not know how: where to invest, where to direct the funds.
The person on the card playfully juggles with Pentacles, believing that it is possible that he will receive such gifts in the future. But at the same time, he may understand that luck and chance may not always be on his side and something needs to be done so that these gifts are not lost, and the chances are used correctly.
He still does not know how to do it and where to move on. He is evaluating options and has not yet decided which option to follow. But his flexibility and ability to balance undoubtedly gives hope for the right steps.
In a Tarot spread, the Two of Pentacles reminds you that you can juggle the difficulties that come your way. Believe it or not, you will soon enjoy the thrill of every obstacle. If you are not feeling this level of confidence right now, this card asks you to believe in yourself. You have everything you need to achieve each goal and more. Take the challenge.
The Two of Pentacles also reminds you to be flexible if you want to win. Do not work your way through obstacles, otherwise circumstances will break you. Now is not the time to be tough. Know that sometimes a step to the side or even a step back is the surest way forward.
The Two of Pentacles is also a symbol of fun, laughter and good times. This is definitely a high energy card. If you’re feeling tired or depressed, this card could be a sign that life force is about to come to you.
Two is always a union of opposites, either one way or another, which means there is always tension, and, of course. In the High Priestess this is well read very well, because it is in this card that the inner world is combined with the outer, consciousness with the unconscious, information which comes from the inner world and enters the outer, the connection of spirit and body.
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