The Two of Swords is a card of choice and of the difficulty of making a decision. The weeks leading up to the release of this card has indeed been one of choices (interestingly enough) and as the moonless night crept up on me I found myself fighting this battle deep within, a battle between my ego and shadow. And I recalled an ancient Cherokee tale that I felt highlighted so clearly the meaning behind this card for me.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “there is a battle that rages inside all of us” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”