Aug 5 2013
Eight of Swords
From the Minor Arcana
Swords are one of the Four Suits
The Eight of Swords portrays a young woman, bound and blindfolded and is surrounded by the swords of her suit: Crisis, Calamity, Conflict, Domination, Imprisonment, Turmoil, Bad News, Criticism
The eight of swords is a very ominous looking card. It signifies a set of circumstances we all find ourselves in from time to time.
These circumstances may have been brought about by decisions we made with the best of intentions or in some cases made for us! Whichever the happiness we thought was ours, and often one that we may only have experienced for a short time, has now soured leaving a feeling of being trapped and with no way back or out.
It is certain that panicking will not help – only patient effort will help and finally resolve this matter.
The card can also imply that our feelings of restraint and unhappiness could be connected to having not dealt with things correctly at the time they occurred and therefore allowed things pile up.
All is not doom and gloom though, as the card may suggest. Quite the reverse in fact. When this card is drawn, we are challenged to find our happiness and bring about positive changes for our future, and more often than not, these positive changes can be lying beneath the surface. These will be brought into being by the wheel turning, bringing an end to a negative cycle, thus bringing with it a chance to escape.
There is also an indication that out of emotional difficulties and loss comes the strength to face the world anew.
What this card shows us is no matter how bad a situation may appear and how trapped we may feel there is always a way out – an escape route. There is always an answer and always a way, a key to unlock and bring about the future that you would like; you just need to find it…
Once this is found we are able to move forward with confidence, to reap the rewards of a brighter, happier, fulfilling and peaceful future, having found our courage and strength in finally bringing a bad situation to an end.