What does the eight of swords tarot card mean?

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The eight of swords is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Swords suit.

Keywords: Limits, restriction, isolation


The Eight of Swords is a card that represents feeling trapped by ourselves and our own perspectives. If you draw this card, it suggests that you are struggling to deal with or move on from a situation because your knowledge and opinions are limited and you are blind to the solution to your problems. It is a message that you need to look at the situation from a different angle; educate yourself or ask for help from others with more knowledge or different experience. You may be acting on false information from another person, and it’s important to find out the truth and open your eyes to what is really going on.

Reverse Keywords: Release, new perspectives, empowerment

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Eight of Swords suggests that you are leaving a difficult time behind you. You have recently had your eyes opened to a situation, enabling you to see it for what it truly is. This truth has empowered you and given you a fresh, better perspective and equipped you with the knowledge to deal with things differently. You are more open to change and have a better ability to cope when things don’t go quite as planned. Now you are more aware of yourself and what is happening around you, you are able to make better decisions and move your life in a positive direction.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Swords suit)