Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meanings 2018-06-07T08:40:13+00:00
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Eight of Swords Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Confused about what to do. 

Fear of failure.

Afraid of making the wrong decisions.

Unable to move forward. Being stuck.

Wanting to be rescued.

Not trusting in yourself enough.

Being kept in the dark.

Lacking direction.


Overly self-conscious.

Wanting to go back in time.

Escaping in head-space.

Symbolism in Eight of Swords tarot cards

The eight swords pointing downright symbolise the woman’s fears that are causing her to stay passive. Three of them are to the woman’s right symbolising her fear of becoming broken-hearted (see three of swords) and five swords are to her left symbolising her fear of becoming defeated (see five of swords). The rope tying her up and her blindfold symbolise her confusion and inactive state. The grey sky symbolises a lack of optimism. She is standing all alone far away from the town in the distance, symbolising her isolation. Her feet are on uneven ground symbolising her fear of moving forward.

Eight of Swords tarot card and Astrology

Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune) in Gemini (Lovers)

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Eight of swords in a general reading

Eight of Swords tarot card denotes being stuck and unable to move on due to confusion and not knowing what is going on. Often people draw this card when their own gut feeling is being overruled by other people. If Eight of Swords shows up with the Devil then your fears are stopping you from seeing clearly. The Devil can also represent incredibly strong-minded people who are forcing their beliefs on you, leaving you doubting yourself. Eight of Swords combined with Seven of Swords denote you are being kept in the dark about certain matters, the other cards will tell you which these matters are.

Eight of swords tarot card often shows up when the Seeker is meant to hold off making any major decisions, as the seeker does not yet have all the information, and the best outcome will eventuate by outside forces.

Eight of swords in a love reading

In a love reading, Eight of Swords tarot card can mean the Seeker is just about to meet the love of their life (if the Seeker is single). They will meet someone when they least expect it. If the Seeker is in a relationship, Eight of swords indicates the Seeker wants to take the relationship to the next level, but the time is not yet right to move forward.

Eight of swords in a career reading

In a career reading, Eight of swords tarot card indicates work with people who have problems with communication, such as speech pathologists, special aid therapists, and support workers. Eight of swords can also mean the Seeker is unsure about what career is best for them, or how they can advance in their chosen field.

Eight of swords as feelings

Eight of swords as feelings speaks of the Seeker feeling trapped and confused. What they thought would happen, did not happen, and they are wondering what is actually going on. The Seeker could be manipulated by someone and/or they are unable to see the best way forward. If you are asking how someone is feeling about you, Eight of swords can mean this person is feeling confused where they stand. This person is confused about their feelings and is not sure what they want deep down.

Learn what Eight of swords tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Eight of Swords tarot card

Eight of swords tarot card denotes someone who is very cerebral. They often get lost in their heads and are unable to see the bigger picture. It is not uncommon that they get fixated on non-important details and issues. Their prioritisation is often poor and they become confused as a result. They often feel misunderstood, and they make snap judgments. This is someone who has a pattern of misconception and misapprehension in all areas. They focus on appearance and image over substance and truth.

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Eight of swords tarot card meanings reversed

Eight of Swords tarot card reversed indicates a person who is unable to move forward due to self-doubts, fear, and isolation. The person knows the way forward, yet chooses to stay put, escaping in their own heads. This card often shows up when the seeker wants to return to an earlier stage of their life. They are unhappy with their current situation and want what they had in the past.

Personality types in reversed Eight of Swords tarot card

Eight of swords reversed tarot card denotes someone who is prone to self-sabotage. They are trying to redeem themselves but find it hard to move forward. They don’t always know the difference between right and wrong, and they often take the easy way rather than the right way. This is someone who believes the truth will hurt them. They have very poor self-esteem and they often bury their heads in the sand. They are afraid of success and they don’t believe in their own power.

Eight Of Swords Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Eight of swords:

8 of swords + The Magician: Receiving mixed messages. 

8 of swords + The Emperor: Unpredictability. Unfinished business. 

8 of swords + The Hanged Man: Fear of upsetting others. 

8 of swords + The Devil: A limiting situation. Jail. Isolation. 

8 of swords + The Moon: Leading astray. 

8 of swords + Two of wands: Two bad choices. 

8 of swords + Four of wands: Worrying about what others think. 

8 of swords + Six of wands: Wanting to be popular. Trying to be cool. 

8 of swords + Ten of wands: Escaping at work. Workaholic. 

8 of swords + Ace of cups: Disbelief. 

8 of swords + Two of cups: Miscommunication in relationships. 

8 of swords + Six of cups: A difficult childhood. 

8 of swords + Seven of cups: Being easily led into others agenda. Online grooming.

8 of swords + Queen of cups: Writer’s block. Creative blocks. 

8 of swords + Three of pentacles: Unhappy at work. 

8 of swords + Four of pentacles: Financial lessons. Feeling poor even when you have plenty. 

8 of swords + Five of pentacles: Low self-esteem. 

8 of swords + Knight of pentacles: Applying for other jobs. 

8 of swords + Ace of swords: Changing your mind. 

8 of swords + Two of swords: Afraid of upsetting others. 

8 of swords + Three of swords: Fear of getting hurt. 

8 of swords + Seven of swords: Being deliberately misled. 

8 of swords + King of swords: Autism. 

Eight of swords tarot card meanings summary

Eight of swords tarot card often shows up in a reading when someone has a learning difficulty, a mental block, aphasia, dysphasia, autism and/or other brain disorders that interfere with how the person is communicating. This card shows up when someone has difficulty understanding someone else’s behaviour. This is the card for miscommunication. It is difficult moving forward when there is a breakdown in communication. Eight of swords can also denote that someone has a hard time dealing with criticism and they are internalising the criticism which ends up interfering with their mental state. The Eight of swords tarot card shows up when we must be more gentle with each other. Use kind words. 


  1. Kaur February 25, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Hi Inger

    Can you give your advise on this below spread for soul mate no 2, can you advise on card no 5 both are swords on how we will meet and when we will meet the moon card has me confused I do not know what they mean. I have been doing your soul mate meditation and using tarot as guide. I know I will meet my soul mate in the next 5 weeks and we will be friends first that is what my guides are telling me.

    Card 1: How can I best attract a soulmate Magician- Ace of wands
    Card 2: What is blocking me and how do I overcome it Temprance-The hierophant
    Card 3: How will I recognise my soulmate Sun-king of swords
    Card 4: Who is my soulmate six of pentacles-the wheel of fourtune
    Card 5: How will we meet five of swords- eight of swords
    Card 6: When will we meet two of pentacles-The moon
    Card 7: Destiny of relationship. Two of swords ace of penticales


  2. Inger Bråthen February 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Hi, Kaur. Your cards are showing you that you are a very independent person, and you are only interested in a deep, meaningful, and soulful connection where you still have your personal freedom to express your individuality. In situations, all the swords often speak of intellectual pursuits, discussions, competitions, etc. Five of swords with Eight of swords can mean you will meet you will meet in a competitive environment that I feel like you are more observing rather than competing in. I also feel the competitiveness is about ideas and ideals, and people are stealing other people’s ideas. I feel like you and your soulmate will discuss something of an intellectual matter, and this is how you will connect with each other.

  3. Pena March 29, 2017 at 10:34 am

    How can we see eight of swords as the final outcome? What would that signify as the outcome??? Thank you!

  4. glittergirl March 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I was quite surprised to read the 8 of swords in a love outcome means the person is about to meet the love of their life!!
    I always thought it was about not communicating properly or if not at all!
    I have fallen out with a guy who I thought was a friend. I asked if he would want a heart to heart with me before I leave work and I got the 8 of swords. Do you think he’s realised what I meant to him and would want to resolve the friendship before I leave or will there be lack of communication?

  5. Inger Bråthen March 30, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Hi, it can speak of the Seeker being asked to wait as a better path is showing itself that the seeker can not yet see. Something wonderful is often being presented to the Seeker, and the seeker must be patient and not make any rash decisions.

  6. Inger Bråthen March 30, 2017 at 11:49 am

    If you are single, and you are asking a general soulmate question, 8 of swords can mean the Seeker are very close to meet their soulmate, they cannot see clearly as they are not meant to make any rash decisions, instead, they are meant to wait until their meet their soulmate which often with 8 of swords feels like out of the blue. If you are asking about friendship and/or romantic relationship you are already in, 8 of swords can mean the seeker is not meant to make any decisions about their relationship at the moment because they don’t have a very good overview about what is going on, and if they wait, they will be able to act appropriately. If you got 8 of swords in regards to your friend, it can be a good idea to wait a bit before you have your heart to heart, because if not, emotions could run high and you both could say things you would later regret. It can also mean you will not be able to say what is truly on your mind, and instead will end up being more frustrated by the situation.

  7. Elel June 2, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Hello Inger,

    What do you think it means when Death and Eight of Swords are together?
    I got Death as the Near Future and Outcome as Eight of Swords when I asked about my love life.
    I am single and unattached.

  8. Inger Bråthen June 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Hi. This card combination often shows up in a love question the wait for the right partner is almost over.

  9. Julie June 7, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hi Inger,
    I am doing a 7 -card soulmate reading that you taught and posted on Youtube.
    I got 1. How can I best attract a soulmate: 4 Pents
    2. What’s blocking me: King Cups
    3. How will I recognize my soulmate: 8 swords
    4. Who’s my soulmate: 3 wands
    5. How will we meet: Empress
    6. When will we meet: Justice
    7. Destiny: 3 pents
    I am in a relationship but I am going to break up with my boyfriend soon so I tried this soulmate spread out of curiosity and to prepare myself better. From this cards, it seems like I already met my soulmate and he appears to be arrogant (from king of cups and 3 wands) and I think he’s someone I work with or do business with (3 pents).

    I don’t totally understand card #3, 8 swords for how I will recognize him. Does it mean he has mental disorder? or he is someone who has a hard time with criticisms? For card #5, how we met I got the Empress. I have no clue what it means in this position. For card 6: When, I got Justice, does it mean I meet him in September to October (Libra birthday)? I feel very bad for asking so many questions but I really need your help as I am a beginner at Tarot reading. Thank you very much for your help.

  10. Inger Bråthen June 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Hi, I feel eight of swords and the empress go together here. I feel he will notice you and approach you, but be intimidated by how beautiful he thinks you are and therefore he will act a bit awkward around you and I feel he will make you laugh 🙂

  11. Julie June 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Thank you very much, Inger. Now the 8 of Swords and the Empress make perfect sense. I just want to confirm something with you. As I mentioned in my previous comment, I think I’ve already met him through work based on King of Cups, 3 of Wands, and 3 of Pentacles. Is my thought correct? I am a beginner
    Again, thank you very much for your help and your page. I will be clueless without your guidance.

  12. Mina July 22, 2017 at 3:11 am

    What could the Empress followed by the 8 of swords mean in a question regarding feelings of person A for person B. A & B have just met and had a whirlwind weekend romance. But, B has gone back home to another state, they haven’t spoken since. In case you’re wondering… A is the man and B is the woman.

  13. Mina July 22, 2017 at 3:11 am

    What could the Empress followed by the 8 of swords mean in a question regarding feelings of person A for person B. A & B have just met and had a whirlwind weekend romance. But, B has gone back home to another state, they haven’t spoken since. In case you’re wondering… A is the man and B is the woman.

  14. Inger Bråthen July 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Hi. 8 of swords often indicates a lot of confusion and person A had a strong physical attraction but does not know how he feels.

  15. Kaybee August 29, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Hi Inger! I did a 3 card spread about the improvement of intimacy in my relationship and got 3 of cups, 4 of cups and reversed 8 of swords…???

  16. Inger Bråthen September 2, 2017 at 8:50 am

    8 of swords shows up when there is utter confusion causing you to really doubt yourself. You have a lot to offerer and a lot of skills and talents, so don’t hold back moving forward. I also feel you will have a career change soon and this will really boost your confidence and this will improve your self-esteem 🙂

  17. Maria October 3, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Hi Inger,
    8 of swords has been coming for me (cards falling out) or every time I am asking for guidance from the Universe. It is often clarified by 9 of pentacles and/or The Fool. I don’t know what the cards are telling me – it is suggesting I am afraid to take the leap or accept my strength and independence or is it telling me to trust my independence and the new journey? any insights would be great.

    Thank you,

  18. Inger Bråthen October 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Hi, Maria. Eight of swords sometimes shows up when we need to be a bit more patient before we make our move. If you are confused what to do, wait and observe, an opportunity will present itself to you and you will know what to do. 9 of pentacles and the fool means that you will land on your feet and you will begin your new journey soon.

  19. Michael November 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Hello Inger, how would you interpret eight of swords as a challenge?

  20. Inger Bråthen November 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Eight of swords as a challenge can be that the Seeker is too self-conscious and worries too much what other people are thinking about them.

  21. Victoria May 28, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Hi there, I pulled 3 cards 1- six of cups 2- death 3-eight of swords. I was wanting to know how my relationship with my father-in law would get along, are you able to clarify for me?

  22. Ingie from TW May 31, 2018 at 9:20 am

    These cards can indicate it will remain what it is now. Eight of swords means you are confused about this person and you are thinking about it a lot. Death can mean this is something you will put behind you, especially Death with 6 of cups.

  23. Julie June 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Inger,

    Can you give me some clarification on this reading. All cards seem positive except the 8 of swords that comes up for the Loved One. Your interpretations generally resonate with me a lot but I’m quite confused as to how the 8 of swords can mean meeting the love of your life soon when all other sites point out its negativity. I wanted to know if a situation with someone who seems attracted to me has the potential to move outside of the professional setting that we are currently in. Thank you so much for all this amazing information you provide. I love your site and your readings.

    Self: 9 of cups
    Situation: 2 of wands
    Loved One: 8 of swords
    Next Steps: King of Cups
    Advice: 8 of coins
    Challenges: knight of swords
    Potential: knight of cups

  24. Ingie from TW June 7, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Hi. My experience with 8 of swords when someone is single is that they are being ‘kept in the dark’ for a purpose. There is someone they are meant to meet, and they will meet this person unexpectedly. If you are in a relationship, 8 of swords can mean confusion in the relationship. The context changes the meaning of the cards.

  25. pooja June 19, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Hi Inger
    I am surprised to know that 8 of swords in a love reading could be a positive outcome. If the seeker asks what his or her lover wants from the seeker, and the answer is 8 of swords, Does this mean they want to take the relationship to the next level but wishes to wait for the right time?

  26. Ingie from TW June 21, 2018 at 10:21 am

    If you ask what they want from someone and you get 8 of swords, it can mean they want more clarity. They could feel they are getting mixed messages.

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