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.
- Clytemnestra (knowledgeguild.wordpress.com)
- Aeschylus – The Libation Bearers (davidallsopclassics.wordpress.com)