The Two of Swords is a step back from the Ace of Swords, from action to deliberation. The narrator of “Leaving the City” waits to make a decision, striving to work within her limits. The question “Are we leaving the city?” is addressed to a group, and thus this card also has the meaning of cooperation or decision-making as a team. Throughout this suit, pale blue is associated with spirit and pink with flesh, and here the tension between them is like a strung bow. The crossed arrows create four quadrants. The bridled horse is opposite the barn, contrasting obligations with romanticized self-sufficiency. In the top and bottom, the passively beautiful light is opposed to the dark road that one must toil along.
This card links to the Nine of Swords, where the partitions drawn here are dissolved.