Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords

Swords: Action, Ambition, Aggression, Force, Movement, Struggle, Strife


  • Limitation 
  • Difficulties 
  • Being On Edge 
  • Insecure 

Narrow or restricted surroundings, bondage or imprisonment. Here we see an inability to eliminate difficult situations. This person feels bound or trapped. They feel insecure and are a victim of prior disappointments. They cannot take criticism lightly.


  • Letting Go 
  • Escape 
  • Freedom 
  • Relaxation 

New beginnings are now possible. This person is becoming more relaxed and letting go of their fear. Freedom is soon to follow. Their strong desire to be free from bondage is apparent. They may have a bit of trouble making this transition.

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