Eight of Swords

Tarot Card Meaning


EIGHT OF SWORDS
EIGHT OF SWORDS


Eight of Swords Yes or No

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
Yes or No
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
Yes or No
The answer is “No”.
It is difficult to find a way out, but it is necessary to look for it. 
A period of inactivity and lack of freedom.
The answer is “Probably No”. 
There is very little chance of finding a way out.

Eight of Swords (upright) Keywords

A prisoner without a prison. 
The power of thought is paralyzed. 
Emotions are squeezed. 
Painful psychological state. 
Fears. 
Phobias. 
Discomfort. 
Relationship crisis. 
Painful marriage. 
Business stagnation. 
Reputation suffers. 
Financial dependence. 
Impact of outside forces. 
Injuries, bandages. 
Hospitalization. 
Restriction of freedom.
you are afraid of what is not really there. 
You just open your eyes and you will see;
you yourself have imprisoned yourself in captivity by your convictions, by your habits, and this captivity is actually just an illusion created by you;
shows an indecisive, weak person;
weakness after illness;
you base your plans on false assumptions;
someone prevents you from revealing all your qualities;
deliberately hiding some of your personal qualities;
obstacle in making a decision;
an omen of failure that you can avoid if you look around.

Eight of Swords (reversed) Keywords

Betrayal in the past. 
Depression, depression. 
Danger. 
Accident.
now is not the time to 
do anything  ;
you got rid of fear, of illusions that frightened you;
you are now more than ever close to freeing yourself from the bonds;
could mean failure.

Eight of Swords Advice

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
Advice
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
Advice
Gather your courage and walk through your wilderness.
Act a little, look for a way out.
Fight with all your might, try to save yourself, hold on.

Eight of Swords Warning

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
Warning
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
Warning
Inaction is dangerous.
Do not turn your difficulties into an endless wilderness.
Your struggle may be fruitless.

Eight of Swords as a Person

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
As a Person
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
As a Person
Those who feel cornered, confined, caught hot. 
Blind. 
Imprisoned. 
People who are limited by 
some kind of relationship. 
Those who “walk in circles”.
Modest, constrained, shy. 
Notorious. 
Afraid to take the extra step.
Those who have freed themselves from restrictions, have broken free, have gotten rid of the relations that are constraining freedom. 
Released from prison.
Fighting with the last bit of strength, not giving up to the last.

Eight of Swords as feelings

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
as feelings
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
as feelings
Afraid, captive, indecisive, weak. Struggling

Eight of Swords : Card of the Day

If you are fasting, then today is the most suitable day for this, because one way or another you will have to tighten your belt. 

Perhaps you will bump into a ban, feel a sense of tightness and constraint, or meet with some other restrictions. 

Pull yourself together – and add a step to overcome this “desert” as soon as possible. 
If you are convinced that the desert does not end, then try to find another way.

Eight of Swords as someone sees you

  • Person who could be the victim; 
  • Person who is just be a puppet for someone who is more dominant;
  • Someone who is trapped in their own fears about love relationships and is aware of what is happening in their mind.

Eight of Swords : Love

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
Love
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
Love
Interdependence or dependence of one partner on another. 
A rigid framework in a relationship; 
orthodox family.
A very difficult relationship. 
There is no way to get rid of dependence, subordinate position (find, catch up, return).

In the context of love, the 8 of Swords points to a need to seriously re-evaluate a relationship.

Fear may make you want to stay with someone who is actually bad for you, but your fear makes you think that it is “better than nothing” or “better known bad than good to know. If that’s the case, rethink again. Being in an unhealthy relationship is much worse than being alone.

If you are looking for love, first look at the way you love yourself. Another person cannot come and fix the things that are in you.


Eight of Swords : Career

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
Career
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
Career
No development or very little development; 
there is no possibility of expansion or change. 
Small gains or even losses.
Unpromising business. 
Submission work.

The Eight of Swords points out that if you don’t like your job, you must believe that you have the power to change your situation.

There may not be much you can do to change your specific work environment, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeking a different and better situation, if that’s what your heart and spirit are crying out for.

You cannot have both; Either you put up with things as they are or you decide to make a change and use the options that are available, even if they scare you.


Eight of Swords : Money

The Eight of Swords tells you to be careful with self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe that your financial bad luck will never change, that may be the reality that is created in your life.

This card is about self-limitation, therefore many of the problems are imposed by you and you think you have no way out. This creates a circle, which transforms into your reality over and over again. As if you decreed it and signed it to make it so.

Look at other options, explore new sources of income. Expect the best, even while you are preparing for the worst.


Eight of Swords : Health

Eight of Swords
(Upright)
Health
Eight of Swords
(Reversed)
Health
The state of health is such that it does not allow a person to be free (dependence on drugs, such as insulin). 
Serious chronic illness.
Desperate but unsuccessful struggle for health. 
Infertility.

The Eight of Swords points more than anything else, in the context of health, to the mind / body connection and the urgency with which we all have to look at our thoughts and expectations and behaviors when it comes to bothersome symptoms or conditions.

We create every symptom or disease (genetics and environment can certainly play a role), but health almost always worsens when our thinking is primarily negative or full of anxiety.

Such things can be buried very deep. Seek help if necessary in order to discover these negative patterns that harm you.


Eight of Swords : past, present, future

Eight of Swords in past position

The desire to avoid confrontation stems from your aversion to hurting others. This is a great trait, but it can prevent you from acting in your best interest.

Eight of Swords in present position

The obstacles in front of you will be overcome only by your courage and patience. The demands of others keep you locked up and keep you from growing.

Eight of Swords in future position

Don’t be afraid to use your own judgment to determine the path for yourself. If you ignore your feelings and believe in yourself to others, you are missing out on important chances to make a difference in your life.


Eight of Swords (Upright) Meaning

  • Hostile environment. 
  • Lack of strength. 
  • Blocked feeling. 
  • Bonds. 
  • Forced restrictions. 
  • Vicious circle. 
  • Lack of self-affirmation. 
  • Insulation. 
  • Fear of the unknown. 
  • Slow energy. 
  • Inability to move. 
  • Feeling locked up. 
  • Lack of freedom of thought. 
  • Catch it hot. 
  • Containment of yourself. 
  • Close your eyes. 
  • Lack of confidence prevents you from moving forward. 
  • Barrier. 
  • Communication problems. 
  • Disappointment. 
  • Shackled by fear. 
  • Inability to get out of a difficult situation. 
  • Anxiety. 
  • Excitement. 
  • Censorship. 
  • Emotional pain. 
  • Hard times. 
  • Accidents. 
  • Death. 
  • Misfortune due to their own behavior. 
  • Confusion. 
  • Misunderstanding. 
  • Indecision. 
  • Paralysis. 
  • Fear of using your power. 
  • Resistance to attempts at self-assertion. 
  • Lack of self-confidence. 
  • Negative feelings that interfere with productive action. 
  • Disease. 
  • I keep banging my head against the wall. 
  • Damn if you do it and be damned if you don’t. 
  • Don’t come near. 
  • Don’t shut yourself off from me. 
  • This too shall pass.

Anyone who has seen the existential play No Exit will understand what this card means. The Eight of Swords denotes fear, blockade, restrictions that we often impose on ourselves. You feel like you are locked up, you are trapped, you cannot move. 

You may act like your own worst enemy because you fear the future and resist the new. You are stuck in a routine of making your own. It may be difficult for you to establish communication right now. 

You may feel trapped in a situation that you think there is no way out of. You feel that circumstances are limiting you; but still more serious limitations in your life exist because you refuse to see the real state of affairs. 

You will have to deal with your fears, and only then can you make an important decision. Gather all your courage and tackle the problems that surround you. If you cannot figure out the situation yourself, the card indicates that now is the best time to seek advice or get advice. 

Sometimes the limitations of the Eight of Swords are the result of accident or death. 

This card often appears in the spread when someone else’s interference prevents the questioner from accepting any solution. The questioner does not recognize the right to either think or act.


Eight of Swords (Reversed) Meaning

  • Overcoming obstacles. 
  • Removing blocks. 
  • New beginnings. 
  • Open eyes. 
  • Remove the veil from the face. 
  • Overcoming fear. 
  • Freedom from restrictions. 
  • Liberation. 
  • Relief. 
  • Getting rid of outside interference. 
  • Free passage. 
  • Finding strength. 
  • Restoration of the ability to move. 
  • Revival of self-confidence. 
  • Return of productivity. 
  • Necessary self-affirmation. 
  • You are free and you can go. 
  • I know how to get out of this situation.

Now you can free yourself from limitations, overcome fears and anxiety. The pressure that has been put on you all this time is easing. 

You now have a clearer understanding of your surroundings and can deal with what is hindering your progress. Having conquered your fears, you can start over. There are no more obstacles, the path is clear. 

Now is the time for self-affirmation and rejection of those restrictions that others impose on you. A real way out in this situation is being seen.

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Eight of Swords : Spirituality

The Eight of Swords wants to let you know that you have the answers you need within yourself right now. Time spent in silence and meditation will be helpful. If you still need direction, ask the spirit and the universe to give you signs and signals.

These can be as subtle as repeatedly looking at a phrase or hearing a song. You can stay on the bottom if you allow yourself to stay down, it depends a lot on you and your attitude.


Eight of Swords Relation with Astrology

Eight of Swords Zodiac sign:
The Zodiac signs associated with Eight of Swords is Gemini.

Saturn in 4 houses as a symbol of internal barriers. Pluto, Proserpine, Virgo, Scorpio, Houses of Sixth and Eighth.

Eight of Swords stands for Intervention, Obstacles

Eight of Swords represents The first decade of the Gemini from May 21 to May 31.

The sign of Gemini symbolizes the change of thoughts and the transformation of human intelligence as a whole, occurring at the moment of active interaction of consciousness with external material reality.

All three decades of Gemini are controlled by fire planets – Jupiter, Mars and the Sun, and the intelligence of this sign is always full of energy aimed at finding new ways.

Representatives of the first decade, first of all, are looking for new possibilities of thought in the field of inner vision, through mental imagination. This decade symbolizes the sublimity of the mind, the spontaneity of its movement and unexpected metamorphoses. In addition to Jupiter, which gives its search the confidence and desire to rely on spiritual traditions, the leader of the first decade of Gemini is Neptune, which, having washed away the boundaries of thought, can make it changeable and unstable.

Mystery, in contact with consciousness, creates intellectual inspiration. But this is precisely the situation when the mind, deprived of its former orientations, has to overcome the contradiction inherent in thought itself: the duality between the images that consciousness finds in the external world and how it perceives them. In a broader sense, this decade symbolizes the barriers and limitations of the world that are forced to overcome the human consciousness.

The Tarot Card depicts a figure with tied hands and blindfolded, which runs along a narrow path between eight swords forming a barrier. Water on the path indicates the power of the subconscious, and the castle in the background speaks of past achievements. Consciousness left the clarity of its free vision (the castle built behind) and plunged into the contradictory matters connecting it.

Daring to comprehend the outside world and abandoning previous attitudes and claims to knowledge, the mind became a prisoner of the surrounding reality. He is blind goes towards the unknown, but a true internal understanding of things helps him to overcome obstacles. 

EIGHT SWORDS – one of the most critical cards in the spread. Metaphysical force again encounters passive resistance of inert matter. At the level of Eight Swords, a concept such as “critical mass” is manifested. 

If the FOUR SWORDS is a cage, a closed room, then the EIGHT SWORDS is a Labyrinth where the Minotaur is waiting. Ariadne’s thread is needed to get out of there (knowledge of the Law, knowledge of the correct sequence of actions).

At the level of the EIGHT OF SWORDS, temptation by these or other possibilities may occur. Succumbed to the temptation beyond the G8 will not move. EIGHT SWORDS can also denote activities in some very specific conditions. (For example, a lawsuit in the framework of an intricate system of laws, amendments, comments, where a person is simply lost, feels like a grain of sand.)


Eight of Swords Symbolism (Raider Waite)

Eight of Swords in Raider Waite Tarot Deck depict a  woman bound and blindfolded; swords surround her.

The Eight of Swords shows that we ourselves suppress some part of our personality. Often these are internal barriers or prohibitions that we usually set for ourselves, but prefer to find their cause in the environment. Such a typical position is “Yes, but …”, as Reverend Hayk describes it: “I would love to do this and that, but …”, “I would really like to have this and that that, but …, “I would be glad to become this and that, but …”. In this case, the only obstacle to our “I” to these beautiful things is actually only our own, but “. This card shows us that the limitations, difficulties and prohibitions that we feel like a hindrance do not belong to the outside world, but reflect only our own fears and barriers. In any case, the Eight of Swords warning ay that we suppress something in ourselves. Although sometimes it can only be a temporary refusal of something or a voluntary restriction based on completely reliable information.


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