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Eight of Swords Tarot Card: Upright, Reversed, & Love Meanings

Eight of Swords Card Meaning

The Eight of Swords in Tarot stands for restriction, confusion, and powerlessness. The woman on the card is blindfolded, tightly bound, and caught in a prison formed by the surrounding swords. She is unaware of where her security lies.

Upright Eight of Swords Card Meaning

When the Eight of Swords is upright in a Tarot reading, it means that you may already be in or heading toward a situation in which you have no choice and lack freedom to act. You feel lost and without support, just as the woman depicted on the card. The Eight of Swords card is representative of the times when you find yourself lost and confused, with no chance of help and relief. You might feel restricted by circumstances or as though you are in an impossible situation. You may also have no idea how it happened and feel you have no way out. You could feel increasingly restricted, and the options seem to be dwindling. When you draw the Eight of Swords card, remember that choices are always available. Solutions may not come easily, but they do exist. All that is required to take that first step toward a solution is clarity of thought.

Reversed Eight of Swords Card Meaning

When the Eight of Swords is reversed in a Tarot reading, it's all about freedom. It can mean release and finally letting go or breaking free. You believe in yourself and your talents, and you are ready to take on the world. And you will. In certain circumstances, it can represent extreme versions of depression and oppression.

Eight of Swords Card Love Meaning

The Eight of Swords in a love Tarot reading is an indication that things are not going great. If you're single, it can mean that you are sitting around and waiting for a new partner to show up and fix everything that's wrong in your life, which, to be honest, can never happen because you must "fix" yourself. If you're in a relationship, it can indicate that you feel trapped, oppressed, or even abused.

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