Your Chosen Card – Eight of Swords Reversed Rider Waite Deck
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, its time to take it back and resume control of your life.
Keywords Reversed: Feeling restricted, trapped, blocked, hemmed in, or confined; self-imposed limitations, imprisonment, problematic thoughts, unexpected interference, unforeseen bad luck, petty gossip, censure, blame, criticism, disquiet, confusion, over-thinking a situation, the paralysis of analysis, being a prisoner of your own mind, allowing others to inhibit your freedom.
Timing: 0 Gemini10 Gemini. Tropical, 21 May31 May. Sidereal, 15 June24 June.
Astrology: Expansive Jupiter (debilitated) in the first decan of airy Gemini, the realm of the Knight of Swords (Fire of Air) and of the Lovers (Gemini). Jupiter is linked to the Wheel of Fortune. Jupiters debilitated state in Gemini brings about increase without accompanying good fortune.
Number Symbolism: 8 – movement, action, power, determination.
Eight Of Swords: The Paralysis Of Analysis
When Eight of Swords is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Eight of Swords is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Eight of Swords 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 reversed card reading for Eight of Swords using cards from the Rider Waite 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: Astrology: The emotional and inconstant Moon (dignified) in the third decan of watery Cancer, realm of the Waite King/Thoth Prince of Wands (Air of Earth) and the Chariot (Cancer). The Moon is linked to the High Priestess.
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, its time to take it back and resume control of your life.
Complete Book of Tarot: Fact(s) 9: A good tarot deck is something to care for and cherish just as you would any object of beauty. Cards that get sticky with jam are hard to shuffle. Although its nice to receive the cards as a gift, most tarot readers buy their own decks and have more than one. If any of the above practices appeal to you, by all means engage in them but dont feel obliged to do so. A useful discussion of this topic can be found in the article ‘Caring for Your Tarot Cards’ by Catherine Chapman.9
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Complete Book of Tarot: The zodiac signs derive their names from the constellations (star groupings) of the ancient zodiac. The Golden Dawn assigned the signs of the zodiac to twelve of the major arcana cards. Note that the following dates are approximate. As you read the list of characteristics, try to think of people you know who are born under that sun sign. How accurate do you find the zodiac signs to be in describing your acquaintances?