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Keywords (upright)

Restriction, feeling trapped, self-imposed limitations, powerlessness, self-doubt, blindfolded, mental bondage, needing guidance.

Keywords (reversed)

Liberation, breaking free, self-empowerment, gaining clarity, removing obstacles, newfound confidence, taking control, seeing solutions.



General Meaning

The Eight of Swords is a card that speaks to feelings of entrapment, limitation, and self-imposed barriers. It symbolizes situations where we might feel confined or stuck, often due to our own beliefs or fears. Typically, the imagery depicts a woman bound and blindfolded, surrounded by swords, suggesting that the barriers are more mental than physical. The Eight of Swords reminds us that our perceptions, beliefs, and fears can sometimes limit us more than actual external barriers. Recognizing and challenging these self-imposed limitations can pave the way for growth and freedom.

Love Meaning

Eight of Swords in a Love Reading in the Upright Position:

Feeling Trapped: There might be feelings of being stuck or confined in a relationship, not seeing a clear way out or forward.

Blinded to Truth: Being unwilling or unable to see the reality of a relationship, perhaps due to denial or fear.

Self-imposed Limitations: Personal insecurities or beliefs may be preventing one from fully experiencing or enjoying love.

Eight of Swords in a Love Reading in the Reversed Position:

Breaking Free: Starting to see ways out of the entrapment and seeking freedom or clarity in love.

Increased Awareness: Recognizing the self-imposed barriers or beliefs that were limiting the relationship.

Growth and Independence: Valuing personal freedom and growth, even within a committed relationship.

Money Meaning

Eight of Swords in a Money Reading in the Upright Position:

Financial Limitations: Feeling restricted due to financial situations, like debt or limited income.

Mental Blocks: Believing there's no way out of financial troubles, even when solutions might be present.

Fear of Taking Action: Hesitation in making financial decisions due to perceived risks or past mistakes.

Eight of Swords in a Money Reading in the Reversed Position:

Seeking Solutions: Being proactive in finding ways to overcome financial challenges or debts.

Shifting Perspectives: Recognizing that some financial limitations were due to mindset or fear and working to change that.

Empowered Decisions: Taking control of finances with confidence and clarity.

Yes or No Meaning

Eight of Swords in a Yes or No Reading in the Upright Position:

No: The situation might be confining or not as clear as it seems. It's a time to reassess and look for hidden limitations.

Eight of Swords in a Yes or No Reading in the Reversed Position:

Yes: There's potential to break free from limitations and see the situation more clearly, but it requires proactive effort.

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