Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Wednesday, April 24

Eight of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

Swords have been coming up a lot lately - five out of the last eight readings. The suit of Swords has to do with power, conflict, and an intellectual rather than emotional approach to life. While Swords can represent people with sharp minds that can cut through what is unnecessary, they can also represent those who are rigid, harsh, and overly legalistic. Mostly the Sword cards in our last several readings have been reversed, which suggests that they are advising you to soften your stance on some important issue, and relax your Swordslike rigidity of thinking.

The Eight of Swords, reversed, suggests that you’ve been held back by your own internal doubts and anxieties. You see obstacles that aren’t actually there. Perhaps they did exist at some point but have now been eliminated, yet you persist in fretting about them. The blindfold is key in this card’s imagery. If you can slip off the blindfold, you’ll see your way is clear. How can you do that? First, challenge yourself to re-evaluate the situation honestly, using actual facts, not your opinions. What you think is real might not be. Second, whenever you sense negativity in your mind, ask yourself if it is really warranted. You might be getting yourself into conflicts with people in order to subconsciously put roadblocks in your way. Third, clarify your ultimate goals and ask yourself how your thoughts and actions support your efforts to achieve them. Then decide which attitudes/behaviors no longer serve your goals and use your powerful Sword to cut them out of your life.