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Eight of Swords

Updated: Feb 19

Eight of Swords is about feeling trapped and helpless. However, this is also a card that carries a positive message. Read along.

Eight of Swords Tarot

Eight of Swords Meaning - General

Eight of Swords shows a woman who is blindfolded and is tied around her arms and upper body. She is feeling constricted, suppressed, censured, or silenced.

There is a lot of anxiety and fear of not knowing what to do. A certain helplessness and hopelessness make her feel defeated. The downward swords represent pain or challenges.

And so symbolically, the Eight of Swords means a situation where you are so engrossed in your pain or worries that you are not able to see beyond them. It is making you feel helpless and anxious.

But one must also look at the positive elements of the imagery. There is a castle at the back of the woman. Castles represent stability and strength, strong foundations. Also, she is not tied on her legs, and so she has the ability to move.

Eight of Swords tarot indicates that there is courage to be gained from within. All is not lost as you may feel. And, you don’t need external people or situations to help you. The power to walk from this situation is totally up to you. You have the strength and power to free yourself from this bondage and walk away.

Let us look at the Eight of Swords in specific contexts of a love tarot reading and career tarot reading. Remember to apply all the above general readings to the below readings as well.

Eight of Swords Love

Love Reading for Relationships

Eight of Swords in love and relationships probably indicates some trouble. It signifies that the relationship is not a great place to be right now.

Depending on other cards around, there could be indications of physical or mental abuse.

As we mentioned above in the general reading, remember that you have the power to free yourself and walk away from a bad relationship. There is stability and security on the horizon, but you need to find the courage to seek it out.

Love Reading for Singles

Eight of Swords in love for singles is about individual power and harnessing it from within. The card recommends finding one’s inner peace and harmony before seeking out potential partners or relationships.

If you think that being in a relationship is going to solve all your problems, you are in for a rude shock. Become independent enough to be able to help yourself. You need to identify your own personal power to steer your personal growth before dating or committing to anyone.

Prioritize yourself, resolve your challenges on your own at this point.

Eight of Swords Career & Finance

Similar to relationship reading, Eight of Swords in career is all about realizing one’s own ability and potential to be able to resolve current issues or challenges.

You might be feeling clouded, and your helplessness might be inducing limiting beliefs in you. But this card is your mirror trying to tell you that you are powerful.

You are the master of your destiny, and a little bit of mental push, structure and clarity will guide you in the right direction.

Financially, try to think out of the box to resolve any monetary issues. Do not get clouded by your anxiety. You have the mental aptitude to resolve any money issues.

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