VIII of Swords/Eight of Air

8 of swords

The most important message of the Eight of Swords is that while situations can sometimes feel imprisoning, the figure has a way out.  The swords aren’t touching here, and her feet are free to move.  Take off the blindfold, babe!  Try to flip your perception and you’ll soon realize your prison is your own mental creation.  We have the power of personal choice to release ourselves from illusions.  The castle behind the figure is an indication that this negative thinking may be limiting us from achieving our goals.  Eights in the tarot are all about movement, or in this case, a lack of movement.  Now is not the time to jump into something headfirst.  If you have a decision to make, try to take your time.  That blindfold around the figure’s eyes is a good indication that we’re not seeing things clearly.

Upright: When the Eight of Swords appears upright, it’s an indication that we’re not seeing things clearly.  Our perception about a situation is exactly that – only our perception.  It’s not the reality of our world.  While we may feel stuck in a situation, either as a result of guilt, fear, or shame, the reality is we can find the way out.  Try to examine your situation with fresh eyes.  The Eight of Swords also indicates we have a tendency to over-analyze situations.  Try to watch your mind for limiting beliefs, thoughts of self blame or thoughts that give power to others.  Recognize these thoughts as merely that – they’re just thoughts, not based in reality.  You have the power to get yourself out of this prison.  Take off the blindfold!

Reversed: When the Eight of Swords appears in the reversed position, it’s a good sign that you’re close to confronting those limiting beliefs that have been standing in your way.  You’re starting to discover the way out of your self-imposed prison.  You’re getting control back in your life.  How wonderful!  You’re changing you perspective and no longer are willing to be a victim.  Let go of those old patterns and faulty ways of thinking!







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