Twos represent choices, partnerships, pairs or opposites. Wands are the suit of the spirit, passion and the element of fire. The Two of Wands, for me, is the card of exploration or discovery.
This card looks like a map of an intersection. This morning it reminded me of Robert Johnson’s Cross Road Blues.
I went to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above
Have mercy, now, save poor Bob if you please
This version of the card also looks something like a railroad crossing or “do not enter” warning sign.
Perhaps we should be extra cautious with the choices we make at the moment. 🙂
Traditionally, this card represents a decision point for a project or endeavor, or the start of a new collaboration of some sort. Some readers view it as representing a life choice that will have a profound longer term influence, but I don’t usually see it that way. It is generally thought of as a “positive” card, with whatever decision being taken at the moment being equally attractive and working out well.
On Waite’s version of this card, a figure stands on a patio or plaza behind a battlement, holding a globe and looking out toward the horizon. He literally holds the world in his hand, but we get the sense that he is considering his next move. Some have said that he represents Alexander the Great, who lamented that there were no more worlds to conquer.
Choices, even minor day-to-day ones, have consequences. It’s good to remain mindful of that.
This card turned up for me last evening as well, in a simple “past/present/future” three-card spread (in the “present” position). Past was the Six of Swords and future was the Tower. I interpreted this to mean that after leaving our familiar lives and activities behind, perhaps for good, we are now in a period of discovery, figuring out how to cope and move forward. Tower in the future indicated that the turmoil isn’t over yet, and that we’ll continue to see major disruptions in the days and weeks ahead.
If this scenario is borne out, it will come to be more important than ever that we make the right decisions at this moment. As we navigate this uncharted territory, we need to look to our spirits and hearts as well as our minds for guidance. Let’s behave in such a way that our actions today bring us no regrets in the years to come.