Eight of Swords - Tarot Card Meaning

Upright: Limitation, Confinement, Restriction

Reversed: Awakening, Liberation, Open to Change


Upright Meaning

Completely tunnel-visioned in, you are unable to see different perspectives with multiple blind spots. Trapped in your mind, you think there is no way out and can’t seem to devise an escape plan. However, take a look around and notice that the chains around your arms have been loose this entire time. This is a self-
inflicted prison, and you have all the tools necessary to break out. Opportunities are aplenty, if you choose to see them. Basically, you have choices. Limited thinking leads to even narrower pathways in your prison of limitation. Needing permission from someone else other than yourself is giving away your power. Take back what is yours! The only permission you need is from yourself. Change your perspective to open up and allow the infinite possibilities to flow in.

Reversed Meaning

Learning from past mistakes is the best strategy to living your best life. You’re ready to grow from your experiences and apply your graduate’s degree from the School of Hard Knocks to the test! Through this, you are open to change and have accepted yourself for who you are, flaws and all. This liberates you from any self-judgment and doubt that you have inflicted upon yourself in the past. Taking responsibility is big, as you realize you have complete power over yourself, your past, and your future. You are recognizing that life is full of choices and how you choose to respond to life’s challenges is one of them. Empower yourself by creating opportunities instead of passively waiting for them to happen. True freedom comes simply from being yourself!

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