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In Tarot Two of Swords, we see a young woman who has put a barrier of swords in her heart. His strong stance tells us of his struggle to keep his feelings under control. She is defending herself from any approach from the outside. Nothing comes in, nothing comes out, it seems to say.
The Tarot Two of Swords deals with the barriers we place between ourselves and others and the barriers we create within ourselves. Internally, we block emotions and refuse to feel them. We avoid looking at the truth and pretending that everything is okay. We think one way, but we feel another. In countless ways, we separate ourselves from parts of ourselves and try to keep them even when we know they need to reconcile.
In readings, the Two of Swords often appears when you are not willing to accept some truth about you or about the situation. What are you really feeling? Are you resisting tender feelings because you could be hurt? Are you angry even if you're smiling? What do you refuse to look at? Notice the bandage on this woman. She can not look at the truth or even recognize that there are problems.
The most common barrier is a closed heart. When we cut ourselves emotionally, we separate into the connection that allows our love to flow outward. Sometimes this action is necessary, but it always has a great price. Every time we close our hearts, it is more difficult for us to reopen. Another barrier between people is a deadlock situation. When two parts are established in their positions, separated from each other, a deadlock occurs. To break it, opponents must leave behind their swords and listen to 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 fullness.