The Eight Of Swords Tarot Card Meaning

Have you had an Eight of Swords in your Tarot reading and don’t know what it means? Maybe you were offered an interpretation but want to know what else it could mean? Or are you curious and want to know more? No matter the reason that brought you here, we have the answer for you! 

Keep reading to find out what the upright and reversed Eight of Swords Tarot card means! We also have helpful tips that will allow you to put the messages of the cards into practice. 

Upright Eight Of Swords Tarot Card General Meaning

Let’s dive straight in with the upright Eight of Swords! Generally, the card suggests feeling restricted, confined, trapped, or backed into a corner. It can represent psychological issues, anxiety, fear, or terror.

The card suggests powerlessness, slavery, hopelessness, being censored or silenced, or persecution. 

When the card appears, you will be feeling the pressure or might be experiencing a dilemma, drama, or crisis. The overall theme of this card is that you are keeping yourself in this situation.

Negative thinking and feeling paralyzed by fear are preventing you from dealing with the situation and moving forward. 

The swords in the card are surrounding you, but you need to take the blindfold off and walk away. Remember, you can do this at any time! The card also suggests judgment and consequences that could take the form of a punishment, jury, or trial. 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning, let’s dive in a little closer to learn more about the possible meanings. 


Health-wise, the Eight of Swords can suggest anxiety and mental health disorders like panic attacks, PTSD, depression, or agoraphobia.

The card also represents weight loss.

If you are trying to lose weight, it is a great card to get! It also suggests eyesight issues or blindness. Make sure you seek medical help if you are concerned about this.   

Love And Relationships

If you are in a relationship, the Eight of Swords suggests you are feeling confined, backed into a corner, or trapped in your relationship. You might feel like you can’t escape, but this is only your perception of the situation!

Yes, it might not be easy, but there is a way out of the relationship if you want to leave. 

The Tarot card can also represent a relationship in crisis, dilemmas, drama, and negativity. It is likely your relationship is not a good place to be at the moment.

In the extreme, it can suggest an abusive relationship where you feel hopeless, powerless, and victimized. Remember, there are people and groups out there that can provide you with the help and support you need to leave this situation. 

The Eight of Swords can also suggest consequences and judgment. If there has been cheating in a relationship, the betrayal will come to light! 

If you are single, the card suggests you are waiting for someone to come in and fix everything that has gone wrong in your life. Here you need to shift your perspective.

Happiness comes from within, rather than from someone else. It is not a partner’s job to fix your life and expecting this can put potential partners off! 

Spend some time working on inner contentment for yourself. Achieving this will enable you to be ready to welcome the right person into your life when they come along! 

Money And Career

Career-wise, the card suggests you feel trapped in your current job or career. You might feel hopeless, powerless, and helpless, unable to change the situation. Remember, you are in control of your own destiny!

You can change your situation if you want to. 

Financially, the card suggests you are restricted or trapped by your current status. However, this is more to do with your anxiety than the actual situation.

Now is the time to get creative if you want to make more money! Don’t let fear win, there are plenty of ways you can get what you want. 


The Eight of Swords suggests you should not let yourself be restricted. You might feel powerless when the card appears, leaving you to feel trapped or confined to your life and religious or spiritual path.

However, this is your perception rather than the truth! 

You can choose to change the direction of your life however you want! Remember that the power to make change is in your hands and that the universe will guide you toward success. 

Reversed Eight Of Swords Tarot Card General Meaning 

The reversed Eight of Swords has a different meaning, so let’s take a look at the card now! Generally, the card represents escape, freedom, release, and finding options and solutions. The card suggests releasing anxiety, relieving pressure, and facing truths and fears. 

The card suggests you are taking back control, standing up to abuse, ignoring criticism, and believing in yourself. You can expect to feel empowered, hopeful, mentally strong, and clear minded when you see this card in your spread! 

The reversed Eight of Swords suggests you are ready to ask for help, heal, and overcome obstacles. It also represents the end of a punishment or release from prison. 

The card can also mean surrendering to pressure, being paralyzed by fear, or extreme oppression. You can look to supporting cards here to confirm this. 

Now that we have established what the card can mean, let’s dive a little deeper to see what it means in other contexts! 


Health-wise, the reversed card suggests overcoming or recovering from anxiety and mental health disorders like panic attacks, depression, or PTSD. The card also suggests successful treatments of eye issues. 

In the extreme, the card can represent severe depression, or feeling like suicide is the way out. If you feel suicidal or suffering from depression, please reach out for support.

There is always someone you can speak to, whether it is family, a friend, or a member of any support group. Reach out to a mental health professional who can provide you with the guidance and treatment you need. Don’t give up! There is always another way out. 

Love And Relationships

If you are in a relationship, the reversed Eight of Swords can be a good omen, especially if you have had any anxiety about the relationship.

The card suggests releasing anxiety or fears about your relationship or overcoming obstacles. The tough times and emotions could all be in the past! 

If you have been in an abusive relationship where you felt trapped, the card suggests you will escape the relationship! Remember, there are plenty of support groups that can provide you with help if needed. 

However, there is a flip side. The card can also suggest severe depression which will negatively impact your relationship. It can suggest that an abusive relationship can get worse, especially a partner’s controlling behavior. You must seek help if this happens. 

If you are single, the card suggests you are letting go of any anxiety or fear that has held you back from finding love. The card indicates you will feel hopeful and empowered when it comes to love. 

The card can also suggest you have some anxiety around dating. It might be extreme too, where you are paralyzed with fear when it comes to finding a partner. Your supporting cards here will tell you which meaning applies.

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the reversed card suggests you have found a way to release the anxiety, fear, and stress you had around work and are now seeing improvements. You might have left a career path or job that left you feeling trapped, what a relief that will be! 

However, the card can suggest you have become even more oppressed in your role, contributing to any anxiety you already had. Remember, it is a situation you can leave if you want.

Financially, the card can suggest you have released fears or anxieties about your financial situation. You will be in a healthier place mentally! Alternatively, the card can mean your anxiety has become more entrenched. It’s worth speaking to a financial advisor here to see if they can alleviate some of your stress. 

If you are doing well financially, it’s worth considering saving a little money for a rainy day. This can help you feel more financially secure. 


The reversed Eight of Swords suggests you will feel empowered and hopeful! You will feel ready to explore your spiritual journey, so why not get started today?

Final Thoughts

And there you have it, every possible meaning the Eight of Swords can have! Whether the card is upright or reversed, it’s time to shift your perspective. Any anxiety or fears you have might be based on your viewpoint rather than facts. Take some time to consider the situation and we bet you will feel better! 

Don’t forget if you need to reach out for support or extra help, there is plenty of help out there. Friends, family, or support groups are on hand with any help you need. Just be sure to ask someone you trust and you will feel relieved instantly!

Zhara O’Brien
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