Twos (II) Intro
The Four Twos – Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles
The Twos in the Tarot represent balance, the yin and yang of the situation along with the Feminine and Masculine aspect. Ace (1) stood alone and unique, but now it has been joined by another to make (2). This changes the dynamics of whatever the situation is. When we just have to think about ourself we can do as we please but when another is involved we must take their needs and opinions into consideration too. Their opinion may be different from ours therefore we must be prepared to look at both sides (2) of the situation or listen to what the other (2) has to say. As a result we get two sides coming together to influence a situation. They say that “two heads are better than one” but sometimes we can get two with very different opinions and mindsets. Therefore the Two (2) can make life either easy or difficult depending on the circumstances and depending on the mindsets. Sometimes the opposing mindsets are to be found within and the Twos can often represent an inner struggle.
On the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the Four Twos reside in the Second Sephira, Chochmah (Wisdom/Supernal Father) Primal Masculine energy. The raw force that brings the change to initiate creation. The Four Kings of the Court Cards also reside here.
At this point of creation energy is still in its raw state but seeks balance now so that proper formation may take place. That balance is achieved by combining masculine energy with its feminine counterpart. In Chochmah we find the raw primal masculine energy which is released through the Four Kings. The High Priestess (II) of The Major Arcana is also a number 2. She is the abstract representation of Feminine Energy that combines with The Magician (I) to bring about form. In The High Priestess, we see the two pillars; one white, one black which demonstrate the importance and need for balance on all levels. It is through the Three Queens with the help of The Empress that The High Priestess will be allowed expression.
The Four Twos of The Minor Arcana are also linked to the Justice and Judgement cards of The Major Arcana. Both cards deal with finding the right balance. In Justice the scales weigh the evidence between right and wrong and deal with the consequences of our actions while Judgement demands we make our decisions using clear and balanced judgment. Both Justice and Judgement also deal the double aspect of any situation as there are always two sides to every story. We can now see the connection between these cards and how their combined appearance in a reading can strengthen each others meaning.
The Four Twos in The Minor Arcana, generally refer to decisions being made, need to be made or have already been made. These decisions do not always apply to two people deciding on a situation. On the contrary, most decisions making processes are done individually but decisions are all about weighing up the pros and cons of a situation. This can involve deciding between the Head and the Heart (2), your Feminine or Masculine side (2) or what is Right or Wrong (2). The decision process may involve deciding on two different directions to take or even whether to stay or go (2). It may even come down to deciding between which partner to choose or stay with.
This process creates polarity in a situation and here is where the number 2 reigns supreme. The moment anything is created, so too is its exact opposite. Therefore with Twos we can get extremes. This is down to polarity having a two-way or opposing effect. Like magnets, what draws one to a certain person, place or thing can equally repel depending upon the circumstances. We all know that love can easily turn to hate overnight.
In the positive sense, Twos draw sides together and bring about an agreeable balance and cooperation, but in the negative they can easily lose this equilibrium or harmony and rip asunder.
What we must do now is try to relate these tendencies to the Four Elements/Suits in the Tarot. So if we relate the process of decision in the individual Suits we can have The Wands deciding on a particular course of action to take, emotional or relationship decisions in The Cups, mental decisions been made in The Swords and financial or material decisions in The Pentacles. Somewhere in the middle of the decision-making process lies the balanced solution or answer. However, some of the Suits may find it difficult and therefore run off in one direction or another.
Twos appearing in a reading also raise the question of what we are being drawn to or opposing factors at play in the situation.
* When three or more Twos are present in a reading then the querant must prepare for serious decisions to be made and any decisions made must be well thought over, and viewed from all angles and both sides. Several Twos can also represent balance and harmony.
When three or more Twos appear reversed then decisions that need to be made or either being actively avoided or blocked by the circumstances. Disharmony and a lack of balance in the situation is likely. Life can feel a bit like a Pendulum, swinging back and forth from happy and stable to miserable and unstable.
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