Daily Tarot for August 21, 2013


Our card today is the Two of Swords. This card depicts Orestes standing between his parents Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. His parents have locked swords and he is clutching his head in despair. The story of course is that Clytemnestra is extremely angry at Agamemnon for sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia to the gods to ensure safe passage to Troy.  Traditionally, the two of swords is a card that means equal and opposite forces are in stalemate with no room for movement in either direction.

I’m sure we have all experienced that feeling of being caught in the middle of our parent’s argument. Poor Orestes can’t make a choice either way so unfortunately he is deciding to try ignoring  the whole thing. Closing his eyes and ears and maybe even singing “La,la,la I can’t hear you!”

The thing is however, stalemates don’t last forever. SOMETHING must give way eventually.  Perhaps if we see this situation coming we can formulate a plan ahead of time instead of taking Orestes stance of “see no evil hear no evil”.  If you think you might know what this situation is in your life take that active role and start formulating “what if this happens” plans. It may not work out exactly how you like (as in  poor Orestes case but hopefully not nearly as dramatic) but at least it’s taking some form of action.

This card always reminds me of the lyrics “Clowns to the left of me, Joker’s to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you!”  It’s not a pleasant feeling but remember it won’t last forever.


2 thoughts on “Daily Tarot for August 21, 2013

  1. Wow, this card is a heavyweight. After Orestes leaves home, his mother ends up killing his father. So maybe it is Orestes’ presence in the card that causes the stalemate to which he’s an outside observer. Of course, when he returns home, he kills his own mother in retribution. With this picture, if Orestes is actually the central figure and not just an observer to the impasse, perhaps the message of the card is, “Don’t leave; things could easily turn to shit without you.”

    Incidentally, in a piece of trivia apropos of absolutely nothing, the swords depicted in the card are long swords, which did not come into popular use until the Middle Ages. The Greek sword was a short stabbing sword designed to be used in the phalanx.

    • geekyg1rl says:

      That’s a great interpretation, Rusty. For kids living in a house where parents fight that is often the case. They are afraid to leave the house even to go to school for fear of what happens when they are not there. Apply this situation to other areas of life and you might feel like you are in the “peace keeping” role at work or between other family members. It’s not a fun place to be.

      You are quite right about the swords! I’d not even thought of that before!

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