Eight of Swords

Symbolism of the Eight of Swords Tarot Card


  • Blind to the truth
  • Self Imposed Prison
  • New Perspective
  • Negative Thoughts
  • Self-imposed Restriction
  • Imprisonment
  • Victim Mentality


  • Releasing Self-limiting Beliefs
  • Inner critic
  • Releasing Negative Thoughts
  • Open to New Perspectives
  • Letting Go of Outdated Beliefs

Too many unknowns seem to keep you from going after your dreams. The real issue is that you are unwilling to step out of your comfort zone.

Your belief system has been etched into your mind. Your beliefs, or blindfold keeps you from seeing that the path in front of you is wide open.

Take a step forward, just move and you will be free.

Your thoughts, the swords in the ground, are building you a prison, one you are agreeing to stay within due to your self-limiting beliefs. In a state of constant doubt, you’ve resigned yourself to your fate, no matter how miserable it is making you.

Your hands are tied, seemingly for show and easily able for you to break free.

Why are you not breaking free?

The bindings are so loose that they will eventually fall away with minimal effort but why not help them out? Go ahead, Take that step today.


When the eight of swords presents itself upright during a tarot reading it is symbolizing that your thoughts and beliefs may no longer be serving you.

You may create negative patterns, only considering the worst-case scenarios or over-thinking things.

It is time to face facts.

This is a good time to take a long hard look at yourself. Don’t put this off. It is time to do the work.

Are you in an oppressive situation telling yourself that you can not leave because of the unknown factors in the situation? Believing your options are limited leaves you with no clear path out.

You are not being honest with yourself.

The woman in the card is not entirely imprisoned by the eight swords around her, if she wanted to escape – she could.

So why keep telling yourself that there is no way out? The real reason? Fear

Fear happens when you feel powerless and small. Have your past disappointments and failures made you feel weak and belittled?

You may need to consider changing your lifestyle to a more healthy one. A holistic approach that can bring mind body and soul into balance.

Spiritual development

You are awakening.

Realizing there is more to life than what meets the eye. You may be ready to, or already shaking off those ideas and beliefs that have imprisoned or impeded your spiritual development.

The blindfold is beginning to or has just slipped off.

Your mind is ready to open to all the infinite possibilities that this word has to offer.

Eight of Swords Reversed

The eight of swords reversed shows you are becoming restless.

You are being plagued by limiting beliefs but you want to move and grow. Things have been going nowhere no matter what you have tried and you are realizing this and know that it is time for a change.

When this realization beings to stir deep within you take care to develop this with positive self talk and mindset work. You are awakening to the fact that the world isn’t conspiring against you and that it may be you that has been holding yourself back.

You being to change the way you look at yourself and your life circumstances through this positive light and you will begin to move that stagnant energy that was holding you back. It will become easier and easier to keep moving forward.

Continuing to break free. Before long the blindfold will have fallen away and you will step forward out of the mud and the bindings of your self-imposed prison.


The eight of swords reversed symbolizes that you are overcoming a challenge and now you are free to move on with your life.

Reflect on what worked in the past and acknowledge all your options while navigating through your challenges.

Element: Air

Air: Communication, knowledge, rational thinking

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Gemini: Intelligent, Adaptable, Communicative, Inconsistent

Numerology: Eight

Eight: Cycles, Balance, Revolution, Perception

Crystal: Clear Calcite

Clear Calcite helps with clear thoughts and thinking. It will clear away old blocks, stagnation, pain & sorrow ready for change. It is uplifting & will lift you out of the “dumps” into a clear reality. It helps you to be ready to face your challenges with a clear head.

What are your thoughts?

I’d love to hear your insights and experiences working with the Eight of Swords.

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