8 EIGHT OF SWORDS VIII

KEYWORDS:
Crisis, conflict, entrapment, hurt, anxiety, indecisions, restrictions, intuition, movement, freedom, new beginnings, overcoming fear, easing pressures..


ASTROLOGY:
Capricorn,


PLANETS:
Mercury
Saturn


NUMBERS:
8   
62 / 8


GNOTHOLOGY:
Executive power and ability


RELATES TO PEOPLE BORN:
2nd to the 7th of November


TIMING:
17th to the 31st of May


HERB:   BLACK COHOSH
Black Cohosh is an anti-spasmodic, a nervine, an emmenagogue and a tonic. 
Black Cohosh is used for all neurological afflictions, and for epilepsy, corea and to alleviate pain.


Black Cohosh is used for the liver, hepatitis, childbirth, pre-menstrual cramps and pains.  Black Cohosh may also be used to promote the menses.


THE MESSAGE:
The Eight of Swords tells of earthly progress, judgment, regeneration, power and ability.


The 8 of Swords conveys a sense of feeling trapped or bound to a situation, which causes happiness and disharmony.  It is a card of ‘choice’ and tells of both known and unknown fears that keep one paralyzed and unable to move away or out of a negative situation.


The VIII of Swords is a card that sometimes represents the concept of ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’.


The Eight of Swords is associated with the number 62 / 8.  The number 6 has to do with love, humanity and family.  Number 2 is about duality and finding balance.  Number 8 is the number of Karma, power, authority, leadership and giving and receiving.  The number 62 / 8, in its relation to the VIII of Swords, tells of using time and energy wisely and using concerted effort for the good of all.


MEANING:
8s appearing in a reading represent positive changes and a focus on imprisonment.  You may be feeling unable to express your true feelings at this time.


The 8 of Swords tells of a lady who is trapped in a situation that is of her own making.  The ties and bonds are loose though and can be shaken loose.


The 8 of Swords can tell of feelings of restriction and of holding yourself back.  Sometimes there is a sense of betrayal attached.


The 8 of Swords can indicate someone who is fearful of moving out of a situation, and feelings of confusion and lack of clarity.


The Eight of Swords appearing in a reading indicates that you are not bound in such a way that you could never hope to be free, and there is a feeling that this is a scene of temporary duration, rather than of bondage.


The VIII of Swords implies that you may become involved in several unsuccessful ventures in an attempt to gain freedom.


Appearing in a spread the 8 of Swords suggests you seek advice from someone trusted and/or of a professional nature.


Restrictions may be causing you concern when the 8 of Swords appears in a reading.


The 8 of Swords speaks of freedom and movement, and may indicate a move, change or relocation of your home or home/family environment.  It may also indicate a journey, trip or vacation in the very near future. 


The Eight of Swords tells of a time of relaxation and a release of anxiety and tension after a difficult and/or stressful period.


A circumstance or situation that you may have been concerned or worried about will have a positive outcome.


The 8 of Swords tells you to pay attention as some long-awaited news or information is on its way to you.


The 8 of Swords suggests a desire to make changes and improve certain aspects of one’s life;  be it on the career or home front.  At this particular time though, only small achievements and improvements are likely to be made.  This may be frustrating, but effort and perseverance will pay off in the long-term.  You are asked to keep this in mind.


Although you may be feeling trapped by your situation, your mind is free and full of activity.  You are asked to use this time to reflect on how the situation came about and how you will act once it is over.  Once you are free of your current situation you will feel a new sense of determination and personal strength.


When the 8 of Swords appears in a reading, it may be an indication of the inability to make firm choices and decisions.  It may also be telling of restrictions and the feeling of being tied into a situation you are not comfortable with.


The VIII of Swords tells of fear, hurt and confusion.  It also implies that if you worry continuously you run the risk of becoming depleted of energy, leading to illness and dis-ease.


The Eight of Swords implies that you are unable to think clearly.  It is advisable to seek sensible advice and take it.


The 8 of Swords tells of a feeling of being trapped in an uncomfortable situation.  This situation is self-inflicted and/or self-imposed and would be easy to be free of it if an effort was to be made.  With some clear thought, one is able to se themselves out of this situation.  If one refuses to think and/or see clearly, one will remain in this negative situation.


The VIII of Swords appearing in a spread may be warning you that continuous stress, anxiety, worry and tension will lead to ill-health.


Be wary of betrayal when the 8 of Swords appears in a reading.  Keep your eyes and ears open and remain very aware at this time.  You are asked to use your intuition and inner-knowing.


PLACEMENTS:
Next to
The SUN:

When the VIII of Swords appears next to The Sun in a spread, it implies that regardless of current adverse conditions, a definite change for the better is on the way.  It tells you to persist, as your hard work, effort and intent will bring the desired outcome to fruition in quick time.


Next to The HANGED MAN:
When the VIII of Swords appears next to The Hanged Man in a reading it asks you to keep quiet counsel and keep to yourself for the moment.  Do not offer any information and do not add more weight to the situation or issue, as to speak your mind or voice your opinion at this time, as it may worsen an uncomfortable situation.  Keep yourself to yourself.


SWORDS on all sides:
When the Eight of Swords appears in a reading with other Swords cards all around it, it may be indicating that a health or medical condition needs to be seen to.  It may be indicating the need for an operation.  Do not ignore health issues.


2 EIGHTS:
Two 8s appearing in a reading implies that there may be a slight concern in regards to a new romance, relationship or partnership.


3 EIGHTS:
Three Eights in a spread tells of anxiety, hassles, obstacles and delays.


4 EIGHTS:
Four 8s appearing in a reading tells of confusion and confrontation caused by forces beyond your control.


REVERSED MEANING:
Keywords:

Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, treachery, hopelessness.


Appearing reversed in a spread, the 8 of Swords tells that you may be feeling weighed down by the confines of your situation and are unable to see any reason to be hopeful at this time.  You are asked to stay strong and attempt to fight for you liberty.


The reversed 8 of Swords warns of mishaps and accidents both in and around the home, as well as out on the roads.  Take extra special care and try to pre-empt other drivers’ actions.  The next eight weeks is highlighted in this respect.


The 8 of Swords reversed may be indicating that a new beginning or a new start can be made at this time.  The timing is most conducive to taking leaps and bounds in the right direction.


The VIII of Swords appearing in a spread reversed in a reading it may be indicating that pressure has been released, and you are now ready to move forward.  In quick time you will be able to get on with more positive actions, as there will be more freedom of thought and activity.


The 8 of Swords implies that one is being restrained or held back in certain areas of their life.  It implies that an uncomfortable or unsavoury situation is cause by ‘familiarity’.  It is easier to stay in a familiar situation, rather than step out into the ‘unknown’ even if the unknown is much more satisfactory.


The reversed VII of Swords indicates one who is confused, disillusioned or emotionally hurt.  Stress, worry and tension are also indicated, which does not allow for clear thinking or a positive attitude.


Long-term restriction, obstacles and hindrances  may be indicated when the 8 of Swords appears reversed in a reading.  It tells of struggle, loneliness and wasted energies.


The 8 of Swords reversed tells of pressures being released, and a turning around of a situation.  More freedom of thought and activity is available as there is a relaxation of all fears and tensions.  The way is now clear to forge ahead unhindered.


The reversed Eight of Swords tells of feeling of being cornered or fenced in to a situation, or being held back from your path are strong when the 8 of Swords appears reversed.  This situation will hold you at a standstill for a short time.  Things will not get any worse if some small but pertinent changes are initiated now to ensure positive developments in the near future.



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