Eight of Swords

TAROT Card of the Day – Eight of Swords

The companion book describes the Eight of Swords as: You may be feeling caught or trapped in a situation, as if you are the victim of circumstances, or another person, and you could be experiencing confusion, fear and loneliness as a result. There is potential for completion, and therefore an ending of the situation, and the card is suggesting that the way this can be achieved lies in the correct use of Mind.

Eight of Swords – Rider Waite from Wikipedia.com

TAROTCard of the Day – TAROT Lesson
The TAROT suit of Swords always deals with our thought process and our pursuit of clarity to help us arrive at better and wiser decisions.

When we see the image of a TAROT Card such as the Eight of Swords, we feel disconcerted and scared about the implications of being bound, blindfolded and surrounded by very long and sharp two-edged swords! Though, if we look closely, we see that the figure is not totally bound, there is freedom of movement with the legs and feet. And perhaps, unbeknown to us, the bind is not that tight and it would be easy to wriggle out of it. It means, the lady can actually remove her blindfold and find a safe way out of the danger zone, with some effort, of course.

When applied to our daily life, we often have a tendency to feel trapped or helpless when challenges arise. We can make a mountain out of a molehill due to our already overwhelmed state of mind (from all the routines, responsibilities and worries of the day). We also open ourselves to the unpleasant results of deciding impulsively in order to resolve issues as quickly as we can – to finally be able to tick another thing off our list. After which, we find ourselves facing even more complications, as a consequence.

In order to avoid this picture, we need to separate facts from emotions, and try to see things at face value, without being tainted by our prejudices, confusion, impatience and irrationality – all these signify the two-edged swords pictured in the Eight of Swords.

We should never try to come up with decisions unless we have cleared our heads, and settled our hearts. If we do this, then we will be more logical in our thought processes, helping us sort issues reasonably, strategically and systematically.

It is valuable to be able to filter our thoughts and emotions. We can only achieve this through discipline, our willingness to improve ourselves, our recognition and acceptance that the processes we deem effective and are so used to are no longer helpful, and the willingness to search for answers even in what maybe perceived as a radical approach.

The Eight of Swords is warning us to snap out of our comfort zone which is starting to debilitate us If we don’t nip complacency and the lack of will-power in the bud, they can paralyze us with stagnation from a false sense of security. We might think,”yeah, that is a bit exaggerated,” but the mind is extremely powerful, both in good and bad ways.

Our minds can be our best ally or worst enemy. A strong mind can present a vision of success so crystal clear that we know what to do, where to go, and make sure we equip ourselves accordingly, to make success happen. A weak mind, clouds our thoughts with fear, doubts, and a lack of direction. A weak mind can keep us floundering in nothingness and be ignorant of the damage it can cause us. In extreme circumstances, a weak mind can manifest this weakness in our bodies, making us sick, unfit and troubled – mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

So it is only logical to care for and strengthen our mind, through meditation, education and other forms of healthy stimulation.

The Eight of Swords is not about being trapped or feeling helpless, it is about making sure we do not find ourselves in such a situation. We have the power to choose to act in ways that are most beneficial to us. It takes discipline and a strong mind to harness this power.