Illness, Debt or Poverty, Conflict and Criticism
The 8 of Swords isn’t the most welcomed card to appear in a reading; nevertheless, tarot opens our eyes to reality, to guide and fortify us accordingly. Tarot is the “foreteller” – rather than the cause – of things already set in motion.
The querent of this card is likely experiencing some undesirable consequences as a result of unchecked desires.
These consequences could be in the form of material difficulties, debt, illness, or problems in a relationship….
It might feel as though there’s no escape, and tarot isn’t going to sugarcoat this. There probably isn’t.
The querent will need to ride through the crisis, pain or conflict, which is thankfully only temporary. If they can learn a few lessons through it, this can turn misfortune into salvation.
When The 8 of Swords Shows Up In A Reading
Health: You might be experiencing mental or physical health issues. There might also be sex problems that need to be addressed. Now is the time to develop and commit to a concentrated self-care routine, and watch out for self-sabotage.
Occupation and Finances: Are you out of work, drowning in debt or struggling financially? Check your thought patterns and actions to ensure you’re focusing on wealth-consciousness rather than a script of poverty-consciousness. Most of all, keep your material desires in check to avoid manifesting said poverty.
Relationships: This card is a warning for a particular relationship in your life, possibly with a rapacious, crass or uncultivated female who might be into high strangeness. Or there might be sex issues, impotence or disease. Whatever the case, you can generally count on conflict, severe criticism or some type of calamity in this relationship. What was expected to be pleasurable turns into displeasure.
Hidden Meaning: In the 8 of Swords, spirit is blinded and bound by the world of matter. This results in a sense of scarcity, lack and poverty consciousness which leads to the stimulation of the desire-nature, exploitation, abuse and suffering. Ensuring every inhabitant on the abundant planet has their needs met naturally results in contentment, vitality and harmony for all.
Reversed: A reversed 8 of Swords might indicate a risky undertaking or possibly some kind of accident or an unexpected, astonishing incident. But most often, a reversed 8 of Swords refers to an obstacle holding someone or something back. There’s some kind of blockage or obstruction preventing one from fulfilling a desire – which might be a good thing. There’s a need to take more safety precautions and respect the dangers of life. In extreme rare cases, there might be a danger of fatality such as a threatening sexually-transmitted disease. In a relationship, due to self-doubt or a low self-image, someone keeps silent and only says what others want them to say which creates distance or a stalemate in the relationship.
Advice: At times, life can be challenging beyond what you feel you can handle, especially when your material, physical or egotistic desires get you into trouble! Ignorance is certainly not bliss. Somewhere along the way, nature’s laws were broken and now suffering is the result. But you’re in a critical position at the moment. Respect the dangers of life. Take more precautions to remain safe, healthy or financially secure. Face obstacles or criticism – including self-criticism – with patience, grace and tact. Rely on endurance to get through a potential crisis, which is temporary, but will create a delay in progress. Seek to live naturally, respectfully and in harmony with universal laws and other people; and don’t forget to follow your higher soul aspirations rather than giving in to destructive material desires, in order to enjoy a fulfilling life of abundance.
Astrological Association: Scorpio
Element: Earth on the 8th House
Timing: October 23rd to November 21st, or 8 weeks
Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur