Eight Of Swords – Gilded Tarot Deck
I. Meaning of the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot
On the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot, we can see a woman who is blindfolded and chained, surrounded by swords. Her situation was both simple and complex. The blindfold showed that she was confused, she couldn’t see things clearly. The chains show she is unable to move, although they appear to be only loosely wrapped around her wrists. The idea of dropping the chain, removing the blindfold, and hiding through the gaps between the swords sound easy. However, it is her thoughts that are binding her. The swords are her mind, encircling her and making her blind and motionless.
Unlike the card numbered VIII in the Major Arcana, Strength Gilded Tarot, which shows the tamed aspect of our once-dangerous animal instincts and from which we can walk with courage, the woman in the Eight of Swords is manipulated by fear.
II. Message of the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot
The message of the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot is that you feel hopeless. You cannot see nor move and feel danger all around you. The situation is entirely your own making. The good news is that if you build it yourself, it also means you can unload it yourself. You have the ability to see things clearly, you just need the courage to do it. Be careful when succumbing to feelings of hopelessness. Don’t give up your power. Take control of your life. Don’t let fear hold you back and blind you.
III. Interpretation of the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot in a spread
In a Tarot reading, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot is often a sign that you are entering (or have been in) a situation where you feel a lack of freedom and choice. These situations are limited because the deeper you get into them, the more limited and inhibited you feel. Step by step, your options will be narrower until you feel completely stuck.
When you see the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot, remember that you really still have options, and you have the ability to escape from difficult situations. No matter how trapped you feel, you can find a way out if you believe you can. The young girl in the card can free herself. She could manage to untie the chains, remove the eyepatch, and pull up the swords. The solutions are not always easy, but at least you stand a chance. Find clarity of mind and purpose (the ideal of the Swords suit) and use them to move forward step by step towards home – a safe place.
The position of the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot in the reading is important and you need to pay attention to it. In the past position, the card points out to the weakest. It means that the event in the past that you felt stuck in has no longer affected the present moment, unlike the meaning of other cards in this position. Maybe you have unresolved issues from this event that are still causing you pain, but you need to get over it.
In its current position, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot has the strongest influence. The card challenges you to stop making excuses and realize that the only thing holding you back is yourself. It is easy to deny the way you have handled a situation in the past, so it is time to be honest with yourself. Maybe this situation is also brought you into by others, but the reason you are still here is you. You can choose to step out or to continue being blindfolded and stay still.
In the position of indicating the future, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot carries the meaning of warning. It tells you that the path you are on will only lead you to a future of sadness and disappointment. The good news is that this is not a card with a fixed meaning about the future. It means that there is still time to adjust your actions, so you don’t feel cramped in the future.
In terms of work, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot asks you why you are continuing in a job you don’t like. You have the ability to change your environment, and you should use it. This is the time to start trying to get promoted, or even find a new job. Don’t wait until things get better, or if you do, you will only get disappointed in the end. If you are looking for a job, the Eight of Swords suggests that you are not trying hard enough, and you know it. Be more enthusiastic during this job search phase, and you will find the right position.
In terms of love, when the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot appears in your love reading, it is time to reevaluate your relationship. If you are already in one, this card suggests that most likely, you are faking your partner’s unkind behavior. If there is something you cannot fix together, you need to be honest about why you are staying in this relationship. If you are looking for a way out, this card encourages you to enjoy a happy independent life first. Learn to love and to be comfortable with yourself before you invite someone into your life. The better you are to yourself, the better you can be to others.
In terms of finance, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot indicates that your current situation has not changed because of you. If you are worried about money problems, chances are you have not even tried to find ways to improve the situation. To get out of your despair, you need to look at your funds and assess whether you are overspending. Set a monthly financial goal and stick to it. Don’t enter into any deals or sign any contracts until you have reached some level of financial stability.
In terms of health, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot directly talks about your mental condition. This card often appears to people who are stressed, anxious or have mild anxiety disorders. This is a good time to seek help from others to learn how to take care of your mental health.
In terms of spirituality, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot tells you to know that deep down, you already have the answers you need. Take time for quiet space and meditation, you will find it very helpful. If you still need direction, ask the spirit and the universe to give you a sign. These signs can be subtly hidden, for instance, when you see the same phrase over and over or listen to the same song over and over. You will not be restrained unless you allow yourself to be restrained.
When the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot is reversed, it has a positive meaning that you are ready to move forward. Trust your instincts, and know that you are strong enough to put the past aside. Brighter days are coming, as long as you take action to make it happen.
When the reversed Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot appears in your reading, you may be ready to make some important steps and changes in your life after careful consideration and evaluation. You are ready or almost ready to overcome your fear. Let’s keep moving forward. You can seek help if you need it but always believe in yourself.
The reversed Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot also shows us that although this is the time to move on, we cannot plan or prepare for everything that might happen in life, instead, we should accept reality as an important part of the maturation process. Know when you need help because the support is always there for you. Let’s go step by step. Worrying will not solve or change anything.
In terms of work, if you want to make changes in your work, the reversed Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot foretells that this is possible, but you need to be patient and take each step with the necessary insight in thought. Be open-minded and be aware of meetings or opportunities that can help you in your career and anything that is hoped for change. People may not understand or support you to make a change, but you should know that you have to do what is best for you.
In terms of love, the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot in reverse implies potential disagreements and petty arguments in your current relationship. Let’s try to get to the root of the problem. Debates are not always what they appear to be, but there must be a reason. If you are feeling lonely and want to find love, this card is a message that you should do some things for yourself first. Other people cannot help you overcome your shortcomings nor can they help you fill your feelings of emptiness. The fact that you feel empty is taking you away from your life’s chances of finding the love of your life.
In terms of finance, the reversed Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot is a message that tells you about unexpected things that can happen to your financial matters. This is when it is necessary to make sure that you have a plan to keep your money safe. The unexpected can also involve financial growth that you are not anticipating. However, this is not the time when you can get lucky with games of chance.
In terms of health, when you see the Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot in reverse, it shows that things are not clear with your physical condition. This is a very important time to pay attention to any symptoms you are experiencing, and it is also essential to seek advice from a qualified medical professional. You should not self-treat any illness while this card appears. You need to know exactly what health problems you are facing. Don’t panic though, just calmly check any abnormal sign happening on your body.
In terms of spirituality, in order for your spirit and peaceful state to be promoted at this time, it is likely that you need to examine your past when the reversed Eight of Swords Gilded Tarot appears. There may be a surprise or shock from the past that you don’t want to face. Think again, and see if there is something you need to fix. Once you figure out the problem, you will find yourself feeling as light as a feather.