Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meanings

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What is the Meaning of the Eight of Swords Tarot Card?

A bound woman stands alone in the desert between eight silver swords, all stuck in the ground at her feet.

While this woman is both blinded and tied at her torso, she is free to move as she wishes, though she stays in place.

When the Eight of Swords appears in your tarot readings, it symbolises the feeling of being held back.

However, the thing that’s holding you back is yourself.

This card is likely to appear to someone whose apprehensive about a new relationship, moving far away from home, or starting a new career.

There are many reasons why we hold ourselves back in life, but we don’t always recognize when it’s our own doing.

The Eight of Swords reveals itself in order to open your eyes to the excuses you’ve been making for not moving forward.

eight-of-swordsThe Upright Eight of Swords Meaning

The position the Eight of Swords takes in your spread is important, so you’ll want to pay attention to where she appears. In your past position, she is the weakest.

This means that a past event where you felt trapped is not influencing your current situation the way other cards do in this position.

It’s possible that you have some unresolved issues from this past event that are still painful, but you have moved past it.

The Eight of Swords in your present position is where she is the strongest.

Here she is challenging you to stop making excuses for yourself and to realize that the only thing holding you back is yourself.

It’s easy for people to be in denial about how they are handling a situation, so use this time to be honest with yourself.

While you may not have entered into your current situation by yourself, you are the only thing keeping you there.

You can choose to correct this, or you can choose to keep the blindfold on.

In your future position, the Eight of Swords serves as a warning.

Here she says that the path you are currently on will only lead you to a future full of apathy and disappointment.

The good news is that she is not a fixed card in the future.

This means that you have time to alter the course you’re on so that you do not feel trapped in the future.

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Work and the Eight of Swords

In a work related spread, the Eight of Swords is asking you why you continue to stay in a position you don’t like.

You have the power to change your environment and you should take it.

Now is a good time to start working towards a promotion, or finding a new job altogether.

Don’t wait around for things to get better because you’re only going to be disappointed in the end.

If you’re currently looking for work, the Eight of Swords suggests that you aren’t putting forth as much effort as you know you could be.

Be more vigilant in your search and you’ll find the right position.

Love and the Eight of Swords

When the Eight of Swords appears in your relation reading, it’s time for you to reevaluate your love life.

If you’re already attached, it’s possible that you’re allowing yourself to turn a blind eye to your partner’s bad behavior.

If it’s not something that can be fixed together, you have to be honest about why you are sticking around.

If you’re looking for love, this card is encouraging you to enjoy your independence first.

Learn how to love yourself and how to keep yourself company before inviting someone new into your life.

The better you are to yourself, the better you can be to someone else.

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The Eight of Swords and Finances

In finance, the Eight of Swords is pointing out that you’re keeping yourself in the financial situation you’re in.

If you’ve been worried about money, it’s likely that you’ve not been taking any steps towards improving your situation.

In order to get out of this financial funk, you’re going to have to carefully go over your budget and see where you’ve been playing it too loose with your money.

Set yourself up with a monthly plan and stick to it.

Do not make any deals or sign any contracts until you’ve found some stability.

Meaning of the Eight of Swords in Health

The Eight of Swords when related to your health points directly to your mental wellbeing. She often appears to those who have anxiety, or occasionally experience mild anxiety attacks.

It’s a good idea at this time to enlist in the help of others in order to learn how to manage your mental health.

The Eight of Swords in Reversed Position

When the Eight of Swords is reversed in your spread, she is a beacon of positivity. This means that you are ready to start moving forward.

Trust your intuition and know that you are strong enough to put the past behind you. Better days are ahead, as long as you work for them.

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Eight of Swords Combinations

The Moon, The Sun, and Strength are all cards that give the Eight of Swords a hopeful edge.

When any of these appear with her in your reading, it means that you will work through whatever it is that’s keeping you in one place. Take action and you shall be rewarded.

When paired with the Two of Pentacles, your feelings of being trapped or stuck come from indecision.

When these two appear together, they’re telling you that you need to make a choice before you lose all of your options completely.

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