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The Meaning of
the "Eight of Swords" Tarot Card

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

What is the inverted meaning of
the "Eight of Swords"?

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 in the "Eight of Swords" 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 "Eight of Swords" 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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