Card meanings: eight of swords


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This card obviously illustrates being trapped in a situation. Incarceration, feeling emotionally closed off, creatively stifled, being held hostage by unseen forces (most often a mediocre job, few viable options for betterment, trapped in a bad marriage, etc.). But the thinly veiled underlying message behind this card is that all of these possibilities are merely the totality of a wall of stone that surrounds you at this time. To effect your escape from this imprisonment certain stones must be removed. For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!

 

Eight of Swords — Rider Deck Blue Box Eight of Swords : Description: A young woman stands bound and blindfolded on a featureless flat plain. She is surrounded by eight swords and the wind slashes at her. In the background, set high on a rocky cliff, sits the fortress house of a powerful lord, perhaps her oppressor. She cannot escape, as she cannot see where to go. She cannot see because her eyes are covered tightly. She cannot remove her blindfold because her hands are tied. So even if she takes a few steps, she will most likely fall in the mud she stands in now.

The energy of this card is stagnant. Fixed.
Prime elements at work in this card

  • Number: Eight. Containing structure, prison, strong walls, lack of progress. Even
  • Suit: Swords. Constriction, imprisonment, bondage, solitude, inaction
  • Direction: Southeast. Opposition to the ruling elite. Late night
  • Element: Air. Strong winds, quiet time, time to reflect on life, sensory deprivation

Traditional meaning: This card obviously illustrates being trapped in a situation. Incarceration, feeling emotionally closed off, creatively stifled, being held hostage by unseen forces (most often a mediocre job, few viable options for betterment, trapped in a bad marriage, etc.). But the thinly veiled underlying message behind this card is that all of these possibilities are merely the totality of a wall of stone that surrounds you at this time. To effect your escape from this imprisonment certain stones must be removed. To take down a wall quickly and easily only a few select stones need to be removed for the weight of the wall to collapse in on itself. You don’t have to take each and every stone down by hand. This card is a wake-up call to selectively remove things from your life that are collectively causing greater harm than they could individually.

Traditional reversed meaning: Escape or release from anything that has been holding you down so far. A chance for freedom is coming. Re-entering society.

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