Daily Tarot Card

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the Daily Tarot Card
for June 26, 2022

How to interpret the Daily Tarot

This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.

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The Meaning of the "Two of Swords"
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The Symbolism of the Two of Swords

On a clear night, a young woman sits blindfolded on a simple stone bench in front of the sea.

The woman crosses two swords in front of her chest, in a perfectly balanced, meditative pose. She appears to be deep in thought.

Her blindfold reminds us that her deliberations are based on ideas, concepts and the powers of the mind; not visual clues or superficial traits. But it also indicates that there is much which is being hidden from her.

Her simple robe looks like the robe of a student or scholar, rather than one who has achieved a station, suggesting that she is perhaps training or being tested somehow.

...the water represents emotions and feelings which may also influence the woman's decision-making

A crescent moon hangs high on the horizon, symbolizing dreams and metaphysical influences which may affect the woman's decisions.

It's interesting that water is displayed very prominently here, which is unusual for any card in the suit of Swords and its associated element of Air. In this case the water represents emotions and feelings which may also influence the woman's decision-making.

NOTE: Observant students of Tarot may notice the many similarities between the Two of Swords card and the High Priestess of the Major Arcana: Both the Two of Swords and High Priestess bear the same Roman numeral 'II' at the top of the card. Both cards feature similar-looking, seated women, wearing nearly identical white robes. The numerological number '2' is repeatedly referenced in the symbolism of both cards as well. Other interesting similarities include the crescent moon in the sky which is replaced with a crescent moon at the feet of the High Priestess. And the crossed swords of the Two of Swords seem to be replaced with a cross-pendant worn by the High Priestess. Many tarot scholars believe (as with the Eight of Cups to Hermit story-arc) that the Two of Swords is laced with clues which reveal the early training of the High Priestess. Is this the beginning of her story?

How to Interpret the Two of Swords

The Two of Swords is the card of decisions.

The card references a troublesome choice, in which the two options are difficult to choose between. In some cases there may be a mix of positives and negatives with either answer. In other cases, both choices may seem to be equal to one another — but mutually exclusive.

... there may be a mix of positives and negatives with either choice. In other cases, both choices may seem to be equal — but mutually exclusive

In other cases, the card may reference a decision which must be made with only partial information; or a decision that involves risks and gambles.

Making matters more difficult, there are often emotional layers, logical layers, financial layers and moral layers to difficult decisions.

When the Two of Swords appears in a reading it's often a reminder to put on a metaphorical blindfold, shut out external influences and listen to one's inner wisdom and guidance.

If the card references a choice made in the past, it may serve as a reminder that life's choices aren't always clear. We are often faced with grey areas and conflicting desires which force us to make imperfect answers. Choices which seem strange in hindsight were such conflicted decisions.

Often times, the only wrong answer is to not choose an answer at all.

Take a moment of meditative stillness to consider the options, but choose we must.

NOTE: The Two of Swords is a very common card to draw clarifying cards with. If you need additional information about either of the paths before you, it's a great time to draw additional cards for extra insight.

The Two of Swords Inverted

There are times when it feels like there are no good answers. We walk through every scenario in our mind, and the results seem the same in every case.

While the upright postiion of the Two of Swords indicates a decision, the reversed Two of Swords indicates a paralysis of indecision.

You, or someone else is either being asked to choose between two things that are equal; Or they're being asked to cross some line which they're not ready to cross — or feel comfortable crossing.

We hide in a perfect limbo of indecision and hope the burden of choice will go away somehow.

Sometimes the act of not deciding can seem like the best choice of all; We hide in a perfect limbo of indecision and hope the burden of choice will go away somehow.

In other cases, the inverted Two of Swords represents some form of undue influence being made on a choice or a decision. Some external force may be attempting to swing a decision one way or another.

The reversed Two of Swords is a generally negative card. It also carries overtones of relationship stress, management issues and favoritism in the workplace.

NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.

So what is a daily tarot card?

We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?

The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.

The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.

A daily tarot card might represent:

  • A more general trend.
  • A large event.
  • An important announcement.
  • The significance of some high profile person.

What to look for in a daily tarot card

We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:

When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.

Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.

Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.

If you have any questions about our daily tarot cards or any other iFate feature, please don't hesitate to use the "contact us" link in the footer.


A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign

iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.

Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.

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