Eight of Swords

To gain a more complete understanding of the Eight of Swords, an overview of the suit and number is provided first.      

Overview of the Swords

Aliases: In English, this is the most common.

Element: Air

Zodiac: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra

Playing Card Suit: Spades

Class: Nobility/Militia

Rules: The Mind or Will

The Swords control the mind or will. When Miss L refer to these qualities, it means that the meaning of each Tarot card in this suit can focus on intellectual questions or issues related to power.

If you want to see all of the Tarot cards in the Swords suit, go to The Swords.

The Swords is the Tarot suit that most people are uncomfortable with. 

Often connected to negative meanings, the Swords have been given a bad rap. 

It's true when you're first learning the meaning of each Tarot card this suit, it seems more than an average number of Tarot cards are dark and brooding.

Just like a physical sword, the Swords have two edges. On the one hand, their energy can be destructive and hard to swallow - especially when it's your life that's being affected.

On the other side, they clear out the junk! Usually, they affect the clutter in your mental attics - the stuff you're not ready to get rid of but don't want to deal with either.

When the Swords appear, they are using their strengths of courage, ideas and power to tell you it is time.

Deal with it and move on!

If you're just learning to read Tarot cards, remember that the position in the Tarot layout as well as the nearby Tarot cards should to guide you (in addition to the meanings for the Tarot cards).Work from the heart, listen to your gut and develop your intuition.

Don't fear the Swords. Like any medicine, working up the courage to open your mouth and swallow takes longer than it does for the bad taste to fade after.

Synopsis of the Eights

With Eight, we begin to understand the fine balance needed for power and growth.

Eight connects to the idea of karma, that whatever we reap, we sow. If we have been spending our time positively, we can expect wonderful rewards.

If we have been destructive, we also have to accept the consequences of this. With Eight, we are progressing and not just randomly changing things. 

Eight brings our destiny now that we are strong enough to work with it.

Upright Tarot Card Meaning:

With the Eight of Swords, you are stuck. Part of this bondage lies in that you can no longer see anything new in your situation.

Your thoughts may run around in circles and no matter how you try, you can't find a way out.

Fresh thinking and some outside assistance are what you need to break free. Face your problems head on and accept the helping hand that is offered you.

Expect the unexpected to move beyond this.                                   

Reversed Tarot Card Meaning:

A new state of mind brimming with movement comes with the Eight of Swords reversed.

You've realized that the first step in changing your life starts with changing your thoughts. You've gained confidence and strength from the problems you solved.

Be wary of people around you being thoughtless - stand up for yourself and make sure you receive the respect you're due.

Tarot Card Keywords: 

bondage, restriction, closed state of mind, need for fresh thoughts, outside assistance, problems seem impossible to solve, release, freedom, thoughtlessness, hard luck, fresh start, positive state of mind.

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