Eight of Swords Tarot Guide

Eight of Swords Tarot Guide

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This post is intended to be a mini Eight of Swords Tarot Guide. It is important to mention that the longer you work with the cards the more you will discover how they speak to you. For example, the Eight of Swords does have a theme and traditional meaning but I recommend leaving “space” for the card to speak to you. Over time, you may discover that the card represents unique insights or themes for you personally.

Suit of Swords Summary

Numerology of the #8 – Themes

  • The Number 8 is the energy of the achiever, business sense, fortitude, balance, standing in our own power, and a drive for success.
  • Positives of the Number 8 are ambition, goal-oriented, accomplishment, karmic balance, endurance, capable, patient and determination.
  • Negatives of the Number 8 are materialistic, overly focused on personal reward, authoritative, dismissive of the views of others, entitled and ignoring rules and processes.

Eight of Swords Tarot – Upright Meaning 

  • The querent finds themselves feeling bound or paralized. This feeling of captivity can represent a situation or person in the querent’s life that is causing them to bound or that life is unfair. It can also represent an internal source such as self-sabotage, choosing not to see the truth or suffering for the sake of it. 
  • The image in the 8 of swords card often represents the woman in the Justice card but she is without her sword or scale. This card has a theme of injustice or being in an unfair situation.
  • It is time to think things through in context of karma, what are you not seeing or choosing not to see. Are you experiencing doubt, inner turmoil, or  listening to others instead of yourself.
  • A mental prison. 
  • You have the power to break the binds but you don’t realize it.

Shadow Side of the Eight of Swords

  • Being addicted to the drama. Take a look at the role you played in getting you into the current circumstance. Be proactive and take actions needed to rewrite the story of your life. What do you aspire to be? Change your life by changing your mindset, perception and reactions.
  • A release from the situation the querent feels bound by. 
  • This card can also indicate injustice
  • The querent may find themselves given mercy or clemency for the situation in question.

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