the eight of swords
A word from the creator of the Linestrider tarot:
Isolation, self-inflicted pain, denial, negative thinking.
The eight épée traditionally shows a woman bound, blindfolded and surrounded by a circle of sword stuck in the ground. The woman's bonds are not tight, so she can easily escape the prison of swords if she chooses to do so. I wanted a slightly less literal version. I have opted for the image of a loose knot in order to illustrate this feeling of confusion or bondage that the applicant might feel, as well as blindfolded to highlight the idea that the applicant cannot or cannot don't want to see the path to freedom. Like the devil's card, the eight of swords often indicates self-inflicted pain.
In a reading, this card appears when you feel completely stuck in a situation, and you may not see any way out. However, the Eight of Swords informs you that you can find your way to freedom. Remember this is a sword card, the suite that represents wit and intellectual might. This card often appears when the applicant feels stuck in a quagmire of negative thoughts. Remember that your thoughts have power! To do this, you need to focus on what you can accomplish instead of the other way around. See things from a new perspective and see the possibilities available to you.
Often this card speaks of denial. Are you in denial about any aspect of your personal or professional life? Are you worried about taking care of a health problem and have you chosen to ignore it, hoping it will work out? Your finances may be in critical condition, but you have chosen to ignore the problem rather than solve it? You may be in a toxic romantic or personal relationship, but you can't muster the strengths to break the bond. Be careful, because you could make your situation worse in the long run! As a general rule, The Eight of Swords invites us to take responsibility and accept the facts, no matter how painful it may be. Sometimes this card will tell you that someone is preventing you from seeing the facts clearly or is trying to make you feel trapped in a situation or in a relationship. This card often appears when it comes to abusive personal or professional relationships. The eight of sword could indicate a state of despair. You might feel like there is nothing you can do to improve your situation, but it's up to you to get out of it. "