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Eight of Swords
Tarot Card Meaning

Eight of Swords. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) Eight of Swords. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) Eight of Swords. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)

About Eight of Swords
Meaning in Tarot

Now the blindfold first seen in the two of swords has moved to incapacitate all hope of mobility.

The eight of swords Tarot card meaning effectively drives the point of helplessness and immobility home.

We have to ask ourselves why? How did we get ourselves into these constricting ties that bind ? Quite simply, we've let a rabid mind control our reality. When unchecked, a mind can breed the worst kind of fears and insecurities. And, I think you would agree there is no implement more destructively misleading and strangling than fear.

Some Surfacing Keywords for the Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:

  • Fear
  • Abuse
  • Trapped
  • Illusion
  • Limitation
  • Exclusion
  • Constriction
  • Toxification
  • Paralyzation
  • Helplessness
  • Misperception

Further evidence of this line of thinking is our heroine standing in sloggy bogs of emotional (emotion = water) waste. The pools are putrid, and unclear - a sign we have surrounded ourselves with the worst kind of misleading thoughts (thoughts = swords). Advice wrought from a ravenous mind run amuck. Essentially, fear has produced toxic waste, which has paralyzed us into inaction.

There is high irony in the eight of swords. It shows itself in the surrounding swords (thoughts) which are both our captor and salvation. The steely blades can slice effortlessly through our bindings, setting us free in one liberating swipe. Yet, unwisely we remain duped by our thoughts of limitation, and remain in an abysmal state of delusion.

Further, I appreciate how the castle or (in some versions) strong erecting pillars protrude from the background of the eight of swords. When these structures project themselves in my readings, I think of what I call the ?hind mind? or the Occipital lobe.

eight of Swords meaning in tarot

The Occipital lobe is chiefly in charge of visual perception. More irony, I love it. Although our figure is blindfolded, our foundational urges are at the back of our sensory perception. More succinctly (and in terms of the eight of swords Tarot card meaning):

  • We always have the "eyes" to see our sure footing.
  • We can choose what is projected on the screen of our minds
  • That which is our rock of foundation remains our strength (whether we see this with our physical eyes or not).

Some Symbols Striking Out From the Eight of Swords Tarot Card:

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Blindfold: As one would guess, blindfolds deal with our inability to see things clearly. They represent unwillingness to face the truth, inability to accept the facts, or a sign that something is being hidden from us. In a reading blindfolds are a sign that we need to be honest with ourselves, do more research, and/or get a different perspective . Click here to view more blindfolds featured in the cards.

click for a larger view of all cards with the Ropes symbol

Ropes: Another obvious emblem, ropes infer binding, confinement or restriction. When we think of ropes, we often think of knots, and being all tied up in them. In the case of the Hanged Man however, the rope is a utility - it serves as a necessity in order to pull away from our internal knots. When we are tied up, we are forced into a state of non-action and this is precisely the answer to our problems. The more we struggle with the ties that bind, often the tighter they become. Click to see more roops looping their way through the Tarot cards.

Some Questions the Eight of Swords Asks of Us:

  • What do I refuse to see, and why would I prefer to be blinded?

  • Which is stronger: My founding faith, or illusory fears?

  • What can I do to filter out the emotional toxins in my life?

  • Do I prefer helplessness over empowerment?

  • What are the benefits of being a victim?

  • For what am I responsible for in my life experience?

  • Why should I feel like my goals are out of my line of vision?

  • How can I regain control over rampant thoughts and fears?

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