Eight of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Eight of Swords: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Eight of Swords

My self-study of Tarot continues with the Eight of Swords. Or, as I just heard, "Tied up."Eight of Swords: Taking On Tarot, a self-study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recoloring by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. ~ Intuitive Ellen

First Impressions

Eight of Swords from the Universal Waite Tarot deck created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recoloring by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. ~ Intuitive EllenDown on your luck; downtrodden; penned in; imprisoned; prison of the mind; self-torture; boxed in.

Symbols

Swords, blindfold, binds, distant castle, rivulets of water.The shallow water at the feet of the woman draw my attention. There's some emotional turmoil here, yes, and yet the obvious shallowness of the water is important, because there's less here than what the woman chooses to feel. It could be said that she let her emotion-driven egoic reactions get the best of her.

Colors

Orange, tan, red, blue, green, lavender, white, silver, gray.The beautiful lavender dolor behind the woman feel suitably ironic, given her predicament. Lavender evokes calm and strength; balance and harmony. The woman evokes the opposite.

What the Guide Says About the Eight of Swords

"A woman bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her."Divinatory Meanings: Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny - also sickness. Reversed: Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery, the unforeseen fatality."Trammels: a restriction or impediment to someone's freedom of action.Calumny: the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation; slander.For me, it seems like the reversed keywords and terms double-down on the divinatory meanings. Instead of offering some framework of opposites, they're more of the same, albeit offering some different concepts.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmHcDWrMH-8

What We Say About the Eight of Swords

Beholden to her ego, the woman finds herself trapped within the confines of her making.Languishing in an emotional stew without acknowledgement of the power to release oneself.Operating under the false pretenses of a powerless ego.

Other Impressions

Self-sabotagePowerless (by choice, although it may seem otherwise)Bound up (could reference a medical condition)Futility as an operating system

 I Might Ask a Client...

"What self-limitations prevent you from moving forward in life?""How might you resolve and dissolve what keeps you from seeing your greatness?"What comes up for you around this card?

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