Eight of Swords: general, standing and reversed meaning

Eight of Swords, general description

Eight of Swords is the 66th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

Eight of Swords shows that we don’t let part of ourselves to live to the fullest. That often means inhibitions and prohibitions that almost always originate in us and that are likely to be projected to our environment. It denotes the typical ‘yes, but….’ attitude, that Reverend Ike describes in his famous speech: “I wish I could do this or that, but…..I wish I could be like him or her but….I wish I had it, but…”

No matter what it’s only our thoughts that are between what we would like to have or what we would like to become. The card makes us recognize that limitations, difficulties and prohibitions don’t originate from the outer world but they reflect our own inner fears and inhibitions. Eight of Swords always mean that we cork up some valuable virtues. Of course, the card can also refer to giving up on something temporarily or to a rational restriction.

Eight of Swords (confusion), standing

Anger because of a decision’s unforeseen consequences. Critics, reprimand and penalty from an outer source. You are unable to see the essence of the problem and free yourself from the situation. You are paralyzed from a past humiliation or mistake.


Eight of Swords (confusion), reversed

A valuable lesson because of a decision unforeseen consequences. Critique, reprehension and punishment coming from an outer source just avoiding you. Understanding the essence of a problem and solving it. Releasing a past problem or humiliation.