Tarot Readings

Eight of Swords

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/08/20 10:22 PM EDT
  • Updated: 08/08/20 10:22 PM EDT
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Element: Air

Function: Intelligence, the mind, sincerity, fairness

Like the Two of Swords, we see a woman blindfolded but this time, she is tied up and suspended over a running creek. Behind her is a castle, high up in the mountains. There are eight downturned swords around the woman. If the woman were free, the only way she could go is forward.

She is wearing a long orange dress, the color of enthusiasm. Though she is full of life and enthusiasm, she cannot act on this. The water flowing under her is a symbol of her emotions. Even though the water is flowing, she isn’t touching it and therefore her problems are not emotional ones. That being said, if she wants to break free, she is going to have to walk into the water.

The sky is cold and grey, and this highlights the act that she is alone. We have no idea how she ended up tied up and blindfolded. It is also unclear how she is going to get out of this situation, but it is more than possible that she will have to figure it out alone, with only her mind to help her. Instead of crying and fighting, she is still, contemplating. It is her wit that will resolve the issue. Even though the solution hasn’t come to her yet, she has faith it will.

This card hints to indecision and being limited. You might have options or a clear path to follow, but this is still unknown. There is no room for being compulsive or letting emotions get in the way, instead, we do nothing. As the sky gets darker, we know the time to do something is coming but you might not be able to see all of the possibilities yet. Know that there is a way out, at the end of the day, the woman’s legs and feet are not tied.

The Eight of Swords advises us against depending on our thoughts and logic too much and entertain the idea of taking a leap of faith and follow your gut. This card wants you to remember that when the mind is restricted, you will be able to see the strengths of your other abilities. Intelligence isn’t everything, we still need to believe.

When Reversed:

You have probably just come out of a moment when you couldn’t rely on your mind but instead, you had to follow your beliefs or stay in the dark place you were in. It could be that you took a leap of faith and it didn’t turn out as you had hoped, and now you fear doing it again.

In the inverted position, the Eight of Swords might imply that you feel like the victim of your past but now you are starting to see what part you play in your own circumstances. Now could be the time when you begin to figure out a way to solve your own problems by yourself.


You have managed to free yourself from a trapped past and this was a great challenge for you. Try not to make the same mistakes and end up in the same situation, whether that’s with regards to your home, your career, or people in your life.


You will be passing through a period of difficulty, but this is providing you with experiences that you can learn from. This moment in your life will pass and if you can remain persistent, you will be able to free yourself. You are stronger than you know.


It is likely that there will be times in your future that you wish you didn’t have to face. Keep every issue in perspective so as not to make it more dramatic than it has to be. You aren’t alone. The woman in the card has no one around her, but she can still speak.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is no.

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