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Two of Swords
by jema

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


A bug and a fly is sitting on the same plant and watching each other. No one makes a move but rather just wait. It is a deadlock of sorts, like insect-chess. Each guarding its position. The photo itself is bright and summery and has a warm feeling to it. The insects are not threatening or repulsive but rather pretty and colourful like gems. The feeling I wanted for this card is not one of violence but of inaction and stillness on the outside yet turbulence on the inside. One has to have some bit of imagination to tell just what these insects are thinking though.


Insects for air, and the leaves as their common ground. While these insects normally don't eat each other they are still different and guard their own place, like a stale-mate in a chess game.

Card Meaning

Peace (although sometimes an uneasy one), stale-mate, deadlock, impasse, tension. To weigh everything so carefully that you end up doing nothing. Paralyzed by indecision.

Artistic Media

Digital photography. These are two photos taken at the same time in my garden. The main one is the red bug on the leaf. In the original the fly was there but further to the right so here I simply cropped him out and pasted him back into the card using Photoshop. The font is called Aquiline.

Artist's Bio

Jeanette strand is Swedish and works as a librarian. Photography and gardening are two hobbies that she likes to combine. She has been reading the tarot since the late '80s. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free automated reading.

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