Introduction: When the reversed 8 of Swords appears, you may be about ready to take some important steps and changes in your life, after having made some careful assessments. You are ready or almost ready to move beyond your fears. Keep moving. Seek support if you need it, but trust yourself.


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General: In general, the Reversed 8 of Swords tells us that although it is time to move forward, that we cannot plan or be utterly prepared for everything in life that might happen, and that accepting that fact is an important part of adulthood. Know that when we need help, help is always available. Take one step at time. Worry solves and changes nothing. It indicates that you have come through a difficult time and you are becoming more open to change and self-acceptance. You have been able to reflect on what did and did not work in the past and have changed your perspective and approach. You acknowledge that you do indeed have options, and you are refusing to play the role of ‘the victim’, taking greater accountability for where you are in life.

The Eight of Swords reversed indicates that you need to free yourself from some of the limiting factors of your past. You have some skeletons in the closet that need clearing out. Allow yourself to let go of old patterns of behavior and belief systems that have previously held you back

Begin your freedom – take off the blindfold and allow yourself to see clearly how you have created the situation you are experiencing – liberate yourself from this oppressive situation. Spontaneously utilize your creativity/ imagination and your logic/reason – combine these elements of your mind. See things clearly and turn this situation around – use your powers to transform your situation. Recognize where in your life you have power and rebuild your self-confidence. You have a tremendous potential for focusing on innovative ideas and releasing the necessary burst of energy. Stop backing yourself into a corner and deliberately trying to get yourself into “seemingly” impossible situations in order to “force” a really creative solution. Choose to use your intuition and ingenuity to liberate yourself – be receptive when the pressure is being released and KNOW that you will soon be free to forge ahead. Believe and trust that there will be relaxation from all your tension and fears as the pressures ease off and the whole situation just seems to turn around. Prepare your mind now to enjoy more freedom of thought and activity.

There may be an attempt to force this new level of revelation and awareness of emotional instincts and their accompanying spiritual realities into existing mental molds, into the world of the lower ego. If so, philosophical dead ends and frustration may result. The lower ego may rebel, not wanting to accept its inevitable conversion. The onset of doubts about your ability to accept more responsibility. Are you working in the right arena, on the right projects?

Questions to Answer: What actions, plans or ideas are being blocked by circumstances beyond your control? What would you like to do if you could get rid of the obstacles and blocks? Who or what could assist you to break free? What benefits do you receive by not acting? What is interfering with your creative expressions? Or your ability to communicate?

Work: If you would like to make a change in your work, the reversed 8 of Swords lets you know that this is possible, but that patience and deliberate steps forward are going to be needed. Be open and aware for chance meetings which could help you in your career and any hoped for changes. Everyone may not understand or support your wishes to make a change. Know that you must do what is best for you.

Love: When it comes to love, the 8 of Swords reversed points to potential disagreements and petty arguments in an existing relationship. Try to get to the root of any problems; arguments are not always about what they seem to be about on the surface. If you are feeling lonely and looking for love, this card is a hint that you have some work to do on yourself first. Another person cannot fill you up, if you are feeling empty. And feeling empty drives prospective partners away.

Finances: The reversed 8 tells you that unexpected things may occur with your finances – this is an important time to make sure that you have some form of a financial “safety net.” At the same time these unexpected things can be related to financial increase that you weren’t expecting. However, this is not a time when you are likely to be lucky with gambling.

Health: When you see the reversed 8 of Swords in the context of a health question, it points to things not being clear with the physical body. This is a very important time to pay attention to any symptoms that you might be having, and is also a very important time to seek advice from a qualified medical professional. Self-treatment when this card appears is not advisable. You need to know exactly what you are dealing with. Still, don’t panic. Just have a check-up.

Spirituality: In order for your spirituality and your peacefulness in this moment to be on the upswing, it is possible that you need to re-examine your past when the reversed 8 of Swords appears. There may be an incident or trauma from the past which you have not fully dealt with and resolved. Think back, and see if there is something that you need to work through. You may find it and find yourself feeling a thousand pounds lighter once you work through it.

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