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Pithy Tarot meanings — Two of Swords

February 19, 2015

https://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/deck-creator-forum-sevenfold-mystery/Two of Swords:
When you argue with someone, make sure you’re both talking about the same thing, because sometimes you’re not.

Often when we argue, the problem we have in finding common ground—the reason we can’t even make sense of each other sometimes—is because we are talking about somewhat different things. We both think we’re talking about the same thing, but one of us is arguing about what she thinks we’re talking about, and the other is arguing about what he think we’re talking about. The two things have similarities, and they superficially seem like the same thing, but they aren’t. And so it might help to step back and ask, “What do you think I’m saying? What do you think my position here is?” You may be surprised by the answer. And you may be surprised that the argument will either dissipate or at least moderate.

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2 Comments
  1. Hazel Arbon permalink

    Thank you for this insight. Many times over the years, I have been in situations where it has seemed to me that the other person has decided what my position about something is and has shoved me into a corner trying to force me to defend that position, which in fact I didn’t actually hold. I always get very disoriented when this happens because the person is so passionately arguing against something that I didn’t intend, or don’t believe or don’t care about one way or another and I don’t know how to stop the process. In early years, I would actually fall into the trap of defending that imposed position and then be upset with myself for doing that. As time went by, the tactic I developed was to just back down and not engage, but that has never been all that satisfying personally. While it does sound so obvious now that you say it, it never crossed my mind to ask, “What do you think I said/meant?” I will try to remember this response the next time I find myself caught in this way.

    • Happy to help, Hazel! And trust me, it’s not just you! Everything you said rang a bell for me, and I’m sure many, many other people too.

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