Eight of Swords


Eight of SwordsThis figure is bound, blindfolded, and surrounded by swords. The swords, which also represent thought or intellect, act as a barrier. This barrier could be protecting or further imprisoning this woman. They surround her. They are rooted in the ground she stands on, like some sort of Excalibur.

The truth is, these ropes are not very tight. She could wriggle out of them and remove her own blindfold. She didn’t put herself here, but she has come to believe she has no power to free herself.

If this is you, what is keeping you stuck? You’ve been listening to what’s going on around you, but you don’t have to wait for someone to rescue you. With a little effort you can change your situation on your own. You think your hands are tied, but that’s only because you’ve lost perspective. Get out your pen and start journaling. Examine each sword (excuse) and decide if it needs to stay in place or can be moved. Once free, your world will look very different.

The Suit — Swords

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.

Number — 8

Eight is a number of movement, power, and adjustment.


The Seven of Swords only interacts with the Lovers.

Major Arcana

Lovers: If any cards from the suit of Swords come after the Lovers, it indicates the end of a relationship.

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