Eight of Swords


This card implies the loss of personal ability due to the own limitation.

Tarot Reading

The woman in the picture is blindfolded, handcuffed and trapped in a sword array. She can’t reach out her hand, see things or move freely. Her home is behind her on a distant hill. The symbol of the Eight of Swords is a lonely and helpless situation. But there is still a hope. The warmth of home behind her calls for and encourages this woman to break through the obstacles and run to freedom. The eight swords show the current state of human beings.


This card indicates that the person concerned will be or has been in a difficult position. It also foretells the beginning of a new strife for the person concerned.

Eight of Swords Upright Meaning

Core Meanings of the Card

Keywords: Negative thinking, negative thoughts, self-imposed limits, incarceration, imprisonment, being jailed, hospitalization, confinement, staying in bed at home, victim paranoia, feeling of victimization

Love & Marriage

Keywords: Always arguing in life, always limited by the other party, painful love, want to escape, do not like but also do not choose

This relationship has been opposed by your friends and family, which has brought great pressure on both of you. All kinds of unfavorable news are constantly appearing, which gradually wears away your confidence.

Now, you are not surrounded by good dating partners, but by rumors. So you’d better not talk about your feelings to avoid getting hurt more because of it.

This is a relationship that is not blessed. You often wonder if you’re making the right decision, but feel tied to the other person and have no way to leave.

This relationship is unlikely to get back together, because you two don’t want to be tied up. Therefore, it is impossible to establish a new and stable relationship, and it’s only natural to separate.

Career & Education

Keywords: A new life of struggle begins, there is bad news coming, only considering the worst case will limit your own choices, looking at the problem from a different perspective can achieve a breakthrough, worrying about that any kind of choice is a bad choice, the result can only be stagnant

You are so restricted in this job that you can’t give full play to your initial advantages. In this case, you have to be very careful at every step to prevent yourself from making mistakes.

The working environment is not good for you, nor is it a place where you can play well. If you can find an opportunity to leave, don’t stay here any longer.

Currently you lack direction in your studies, so even if you want to, there is nothing you can do. You should be aware of your current goals, so that your effort will be rewarded accordingly.

This is the time when you should concentrate on your studies and not be distracted by other unimportant things. Don’t give up trying, even if your result doesn’t show up for the time being.

Relationships & Wealth

Keywords: Bound by the environment, losing your freedom, surrounded by reproach, isolated by the team, constrained in every way, debts that take a long time to pay, trapped by yourself

You are unpopular with friends and may even be rejected. You often feel dissatisfied, but there is no way to solve such problems.

It is not just one person’s misunderstanding of you, but everyone’s bad impression of you. This is the time when you should quickly explain the situation and not let the rumor spread.

Your financial situation is in trouble. Before seeking a breakthrough, you should first look around.

Eight of Swords Reversed Meaning

Core Meanings of the Card

Keywords: Self-limitation, self-criticism, letting go of negative thoughts, looking at things from a different perspective

Love & Marriage

Keywords: Thinking that you won’t have it, thinking too negatively inside, getting rid of bondage, gaining freedom

There are many problems in this relationship, and you two often argue because of these unresolved problems. It can be said that your relationship has entered into a confused period.

At this time, it is unlikely that there will be a good lover, but a dangerous date. This person may give up on you, it is better not to start.

There are many confrontations in this relationship, and there is no room for turning back. Both parties are often too insistent on your own views that there is no way to find a balance.

It is absolutely impossible for this relationship to get back together, because hostility is still deep and there is no way to really forgive each other. Even if you meet again, you two may still say bad things about each other.

Career & Education

Keywords: Self-perception of not doing well, give up trying

You encounter a lot of difficulties in this work, but there are many problems that you do not have the means to deal with, and you often spend a lot of time dealing with unexpected situations.

This job will face many challenges in the future, and you have to deal with many unexpected situations and problems. In this position, you will not be able to give full play to your real advantages.

You are patient in your studies, but you are often careless, and you may fail the exam even in subjects you are good at. You should train yourself to focus.

This is the time when you should abandon the old patterns and gradually try out a new path. By sticking to the original method, you may not be able to cope with all kinds of new changes.

Relationships & Wealth

Keywords: The crisis has been lifted, finally you can breathe a sigh of relief, life has started again

You often feel uneasy among friends, but maybe there is nothing specific happening. You should be open-minded and not get angry over small things.

It is difficult for you to exert your efforts on this matter. You should convey it through other friends, and don’t feel bad if there is no positive response in a short time.

You may have unexpected huge expenditures in finance, so you should be prepared in advance to avoid being caught off guard and making any mistakes at that time.

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