The Eight of Swords from Inner Child Tarot by Isha Lerner is our Tarot Soul Coaching card of the day. This is a Jupiter in Gemini energy card. Like all 8’s it also relates to VIII Strength. You can see the Ouroboros (figure eight snake) on a shelf in the rock wall.
People carrying tall tapered candles are making their way from the darkness into the light, through some sort of underground cavern system or labyrinth. Labyrinths have been used for initiatory practices in many mystery traditions through the millenia. Our brains are also labyrinthine constructions and we can easily get lost in our own minds, just as we can in a labyrinth.
I chose the quote by C.G. Jung above for this card because it immediately popped into my mind. So many of us look for answers outside ourselves, which means that we are getting more and more lost in the labyrinth instead of finding our way out into the light.
Waite for It
A.E. Waite takes both a more trivial (bad news) and – for the reversal – more grim (fatality!) view of the 8 of Swords in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot:
A woman, bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her. Yet it is rather a card of temporary durance than of irretrievable bondage. Divinatory Meanings: Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness. Reversed: Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; what is unforeseen; fatality.
The imagery in the Smith Waite 8 of Swords is really rather bleak. Sure, she can probably free herself quite easily… but to what? The ground is sodden and the whole scene reminds me of a grotty winter’s day here in the North of England, after a couple of weeks of rain.
Could it be that many of us prefer to stay trapped inside our minds because the reality we have to deal with otherwise seems too harsh? I’m thinking about the environment, of course… Even being slaves to the propaganda machine beats the prospects before us if we suddenly wake up, stop consuming on command and start making a real effort to reverse the damage done to Nature.
The 8 of Swords in the Frideborg Tarot seeks to depict blindness caused by a consumerist mindset imposed on us from birth, as well as how we actively seek to numb our minds to the truth (alcoholic beverages).
If we relate the 8 of Swords to Strength, where the Higher Self is depicted taming the beast of the animal self, we need to switch channels when this cards shows up to a reading – from the animal self to the Higher Self. Our self-talk reflects false programming and projections about who we are and what we are for, rather than the truth.
The truth of who we are and what we are for can only ever emerge from within our own psyche… and only if we listen.
When the mind actively imposes its delusions on our feelings and our body (which never lies, by the way!), we quickly get caught in the kind of downward spiral that takes us all the way through to the 10 of Swords, via the nightmares of the 9 of Swords.
Just for today, take some quiet time and write down the issues you are wrestling with in your mind right now. Which of them can be answered better by the heart than by the mind?Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. ~ Hardy D. Jackson Click To Tweet
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