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EIGHT OF SWORDS in The RIDER WAITE Deck of Tarot Cards

How to read the 8 of swords tarot card in the minor arcana of the rider waite tarot<

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Restriction, limitations, obstacles, trapped.


Here we see a woman who is blindfolded and who has cloths tied around her, which are restricting her movements. She is standing in water, which represents emotions.  There are 9 swords forming a barricade behind her.


This is a card of restriction. It may be self-imposed and the situation may not be as difficult as it is perceived to be.  This can also indicate restriction and obstacles from external sources.

The bandages appear to be quite loose around the figure and she could probably wriggle loose and take off the blindfold if she chose to.

This can be a card of limiting beliefs about your capabilities. This can also be a card of “I can’t because…” which may or may not be justified.

This card can indicate a feeling of being trapped, backed into a corner or imprisoned by someone or by your circumstances.

This can indicate that someone has given away their personal power to someone else. It can be that you are feeling a victim in life and are waiting for someone or something to come and rescue you

Some of the situation may be of your own making and you still have choices, as difficult as that may seem to accept. By finding your clarity of thought, you can find a solution and a way forward.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston



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