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The Meaning of
the "Eight of Swords" Tarot Card

Interference
Obstacles and restraints block your path. A voice is silenced. Something stands in your path and must be avoided.

[ inverted meaning ]
A clear road beckons. Obstacles fall aside allowing freedom of movement and progress towards goals.

Advanced tarot interpretation

(Applies to the upright position) The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:

A female figure is bound and blindfolded, with a number of swords standing guard around her, or holding her prisoner, depending on the perspective. A fortress rises in the background, and the ground at her feet is marshy and wet.

The Meaning of the Tarot Card:

Exposure. Bondage. Oppression. Limitations are being imposed on the individual by outside forces. A temporary crisis from which there is an escape, just not an obvious one. False and malicious statements may have been made against the person involved; slander. On a deeper level, this is a card of initiation of the spirit. In Masonic tradition, candidates are hoodwinked and bound in preparation for their initiation into the order. This is a method copied by a number of mystery religions and secret societies. As such it could also signify a spiritual rebirth through hardship.

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