57-Eight of Athames – Upright Salem Deck

Your Chosen Card – Eight of Athames Upright Salem Deck

When upright, the Eight of Swords suggests that you are feeling trapped or hemmed in by circumstances. Some of these restrictions may be of your own making and others may be due to the interference of unforeseen events. You tend to over-think situations and to inhibit yourself though limiting beliefs, excessive self-blame, or surrendering your power to others. You may be suffering from the paralysis of analysis. Now is the time to take off your blindfold and take a good look around you. Freedom is within your grasp. Consider the words of poet Richard Lovelace (1642): ‘Stone walls do not a prison make nor iron bars a cage.’

Keywords Upright: Confronting self-imposed limitations, freeing yourself of restrictive beliefs and oppressive self-criticism, overcoming interference, clearing obstacles that hem you in, liberating yourself from a situation in which you feel censured or trapped.

Timing: 0 Gemini–10 Gemini. Tropical, 21 May–31 May. Sidereal, 15 June–24 June.
Astrology: Expansive Jupiter (debilitated) in the first decan of airy Gemini, the realm of the Prince of Swords (Fire of Air) and of the Lovers (Gemini). Jupiter is linked to the Wheel of Fortune. Jupiter’s debilitated state in Gemini brings about increase without accompanying good fortune.
Number Symbolism: 8 – movement, action, power, determination.

Crowley/Thoth: Unexpected interference, unforeseen bad luck, shortened force, restriction, narrow-mindedness, pettiness, the will thwarted by accidental interference, prison.

When Eight of Athames is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Eight of Athames is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Eight of Athames is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Eight of Athames using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: 1. This definition is a compilation and paraphrase of standard definitions of ‘divination’ found in several different dictionaries.

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Complete Book of Tarot: When reversed, the Eight of Swords has a similar meaning to the upright card but also implies that you are able to clear the obstacles in your path. The potential for liberation lies in confronting your limiting beliefs and replacing restrictive ideas with more realistic attitudes. If you have surrendered your power to others, it’s time to take it back and resume control of your life.

Complete Book of Tarot: Throughout history, any sort of random occurrence served as a ready vehicle for divining the future, including the pattern of stars in the sky, the appearance of clouds, the arrangement of tea leaves in a cup, the entrails of dead animals, and so on. By the early 1700s, the card readers of northern Italy developed a system for divining with playing cards, and around 1750 the French cartomancer Etteilla noted that he learned to tell fortunes by means of playing cards from three cartomancers, one of whom hailed from northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Etteilla’s publications spurred a contagious interest in the use of tarot for fortune-telling throughout Europe, an interest that has continued to modern times.

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Complete Book of Tarot: The pip cards of the Marseille deck do not contain scenes like the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Instead the symbols of each suit are simply repeated on the pip cards the requisite number of times. For example, the Five of Cups displays five cups, the Six of Swords shows six swords, and so on. The court cards consist of a king, queen, knight, and page (roy, reine, chevalier, valet).