Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Air, analytical thought and intellect. Suit of challenges.
Keywords and Phrases:
Constraint. Feeling trapped.
Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meanings
As Swords represent our challenges, and the suit of air the intellect and thoughts, so we see the eight swords surrounding a bound woman trapped by her fears. They hold and keep her within their sphere, such is the power of our thoughts, sufficient to render us feeling powerless against what we face. Although the eight swords may be nothing more than mental monsters, they may feel very real to the person experiencing them.
The Eight of Swords can indicate feeling trapped by a situation and can highlight constraints, some of which may be real but could also be imagined, holding you captive to fearful thoughts to such an extent that action becomes frozen. There are usually options but sometimes the alternatives of what needs to happen to break free of the limitations may seem unpleasant, in comparison to the status quo. Calm and clarity are needed to find suitable solutions and fears faced in order to make progress.
If reversed, overcoming fears, releasing obstacles, breaking free.
Eight of Swords Tarot Card Combinations:
Ace of Wands > Eight of Swords: Constraints moving forward, may have difficulty getting this new project off the ground, self-doubt hinders inspiration.
Five of Cups > Eight of Swords > Four of Pentacles: Fear of moving forward following an emotional upset keeps you locked to it and prevents progress.
Eight of Swords > Six of Swords: Moving away from restrictions.
The Hierophant > Eight of Swords: Feeling bound by duty. Also…
The Hierophant > Eight of Swords > Ten of Wands: Trapped by responsibilities that leave you overwhelmed (could also apply in opposite order).
Eight of Swords > The Fool: An unexpected opportunity will present itself and can help release you from a limitation, but you need to be ready to make the most of it when it appears.
You can find more information in Easy Tarot Combinations: How to Connect the Cards for Insightful Readings.
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