The Eight of Swords symbolizes the many restrictions and inhibitions that continue to limit the growth and success of every human being. There is a feeling of being stuck and imprisoned in a stagnant world and it may be intimidating and difficult to escape from it.
Due to the presence of some things beyond human control, it may be normal to experience frustrations and doubts in pursuing every goal that has been set. The fear brought by it will hinder a person from attaining his visions and dreams in life.
In this particular card, a woman can be seen blindfolded with hands tied at the back. Eight swords are placed strategically to restrict her movement and this represents her plight of being trapped in a solitary and standstill world.
However, an open space can be seen in front of her to give her an opportunity to escape and run away if she can remove her blindfold. The empty piece of land surrounding her signifies lack of passion and creativity while the grey sky above her indicates that she is in a situation filled with misery and hopelessness.
You may feel hopeless and doubtful in doing the things you want to achieve because you are hampered by the possibility of failure and disappointment. You are paralyzed and powerless to do the things you want to pursue because you fear that it will not turn out the way you wanted it to.
These are prisons and traps that you create and it is only you who can break it. Instead of focusing on the negative effects of this predicament, it would be better if you would concentrate on the benefits and advantages that it can provide.
In this way, you will be able to stay positive and optimistic despite the odds and problems that you will be encountering. This will enable you to easily think of methods and ways on how to get through it effectively.
This card carries within it a sense of loneliness and being trapped. This makes it one of the most dangerous cards to get for any Tarot reading on romance, because it means exactly what it says.
You are in a relationship that’s actively bad for you; either you’re being manipulated into always spending your money, or your partner is too eager to satisfy their insatiable, carnal desires. In such cases, it is far better for you to burn bridges than to endure being with someone who clearly doesn’t have your best interests at heart.
At the moment, you feel entangled in so many problems within your business and work. Every burden seems to be heavier than the last, and you probably have no idea how to extricate yourself or even just catch a break.
However, there is a good side to all this. For all the negativity you’re currently experiencing, you are being honed and tested, as seen by all the swords beside the prisoner.
If you think carefully about your situation and manage things carefully, you will eventually succeed. This means if you overcome your current problems, you will get richer.
The Eight of Swords Card in Reverse may mean that you have recognized and accepted your flaws and weaknesses. It implies that you are confident of your identity and capabilities and that you are empowered to make crucial decisions and judgments.
You have moved forward from your bitter past and you are now ready to conquer new lessons and experiences.
In the reverse, this means you’re falling for your mental traps and unsure as to how to proceed. The relationship itself is okay, but you’re anxious about whether or not you’ll have a future with your partner.
It is always normal to doubt things, especially when they seem too good to be true, but if even the slightest part of you knows that you’ve found the right person, you may want to listen to that side of you. If you’re feeling really unsure, get to know your partner more intimately.
In general, the reversed Eight of Swords represents emotional release, which is such a great asset when talking about financial concerns. The “release” comes in two forms: first is when you actively do it-- when you’re stressed and you feel like venting, you do it, allowing you to get your head back in the game.
The second is when you’re released from your busy work; either by your boss or by the credits you’ve accumulated. This is a good thing for you financially, because it improves your capacity to think more clearly.