The Numerology of the Number 2 in Tarot

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Numerology is the study of numbers as meaningful constructs related to human consciousness.  Numbers occupy our lives in many ways, starting with number values associated with the letters of words, especially our names. 

We have the numbers of our birthdays, month, and year.  Most countries have a number sequence for citizens (in the United States, it is the 9-digit Social Security Number or SSN).  Most of us have a phone number; if we drive a car, we have a number plate.  Each word and sequence of numbers reduces to a number between 1 and 9, and each of those numbers has spiritual meaning.

This article will explore the cards of the tarot that represent the number 2.

Seven Cards Represent the Number 2 in a Tarot Deck

There are five number 2 cards and 2 cards that reduce to the number 2 in a tarot deck.  The High Priestess is the number 2 card of the Major Arcana and there are four 2s for each of the four suits (cups, pentacles, swords, and wands).  Justice (11) and Judgment (20) both reduce to 2. 

The High Priestess

SCT The High Priestess card

She highlights the importance of intuition and awareness to reach a proper understanding. Most of the solutions to life’s problems can be found from within if you learn to trust your subconscious mind and the whispers of the High Priestess tarot card. The Fool learns how to face adversity and overcome difficulties from her.

Upright: mystery, introspection, secrets, wisdom, divination, spirituality

Reversed: surface knowledge, blind dogmatic trust, holier-than-thou attitude


SCT Justice card

Justice is what is right regardless of how we feel about the situation or a person. She teaches us the need to be detached in our decision-making when the questions of right and wrong arise in our lives. The Fool learns universal truths from Justice and the necessity of making decisions.

Upright: justice, responsibility, consequences, cause, and effect, detachment, balance

Reversed: injustice, legal complications, indecision, and bureaucracy


SCT Judgment card

Judgement represents the responsibility of decision-making and the need to understand how we make judgments and why we may find ourselves at the mercy of other people’s judgments. Power is the lesson, and how to use the power of judgment wisely. The Fool learns that life will constantly place him or her in situations where he or she must make a “judgement call”.

Upright: judgment, decision, absolution, consequences, and closure

Reversed: prejudice, assumptions, lazy thinking, opinions, and abuse of power

Two of Cups

SCT Two of Cups card

When the Two of Cups comes up in a tarot reading the Querent should focus on connection, partnership, and love.  It is a positive card and represents two people who truly complete one another on several levels.

Upright: love, passion, union, duality, partnership, and love at first sight

Reversed: unrequited love, rejection, and arguments

Two of Pentacles

SCT Two of Pentacles card

Usually, a positive card, the Two of Pentacles represents a kind of flexible joy and the skillful art of balancing several priorities in life without neglecting any of them. In a more generic kind of reading, the Two of Pentacles is usually a good sign that the Querent finds a way to equally balance all the important aspects of their life, like love, family, material stability, and professional achievements.

Upright: balance, flexibility, time management, ebb and flow, and the constant of change

Reversed: stagnation, mismanagement of time, stubbornness, and imbalance

Two of Swords

SCT Two of Swords card

When the Two of Swords appears in a tarot reading, you must be at peace with your decisions up to this point.  If reversed, it shows frustration with a difficult decision affecting either the Querent or the subject of the reading. Lack of information, indecision, or fear of potential consequences have led the situation into a stalemate, and the longer it lasts the harder the eventual decision will be.

Upright: being at peace with your decisions, clear thinking, and balance/harmony

Reversed: confusion, unclear data, refusing to choose, and self-deception

Two of Wands

SCT Two of Wands card

When the Two of Wands appears in a reading it is time to make a choice and move forward.  This card represents the spontaneous spark that comes early on in any project or relationship to herald the beginning of something new.

Upright: vision, determination, confidence, and new projects

Reversed: trouble, fear, indecision, confusion, and broken deals

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser located in Durham, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website: Philip Young, PhD Website