8 Eight of Swords Tarot Meanings: Love, Outcomes, Feelings & More!

The meaning of the Eight of Swords Tarot card is ‘entrapment.’ There is a feeling of being restricted. When you see this card, you’ll know you’re feeling stuck or trapped in the situation it represents. You might even be feeling trapped without being aware of it. Conflicts and the dynamics of your relationships need to be re-evaluated.

The Eight of Swords General Tarot Meaning

The Eight of Swords is the card of controlling relationships. Obviously, this can be romantic relationships, but also parent-child and boss-employee relationships, as well as simple friendships. You don’t want to disappoint the other person and feel an obligation to them. You make decisions based on what they want, not what you want.  

Often, the Eight of Swords can represent criticisms in general. You will have grand plans to improve your life or career situation because you’re not living your dreams. This will often be because you worry about backlash from toxic people around you. Perhaps you’re already going for the things you want but jealous individuals are slandering you?

There’s also the possibility that you are disabled by your own lack of confidence. You suffer from chronic self-doubt and imposture syndrome; you are your own worst enemy.

Because the Eight of Swords predicts that you will be restricted in some way, this restriction can also be physical. An illness may be on the cards. Illnesses can be serious or not depending on how your spread and reading look. In any event, your health issues could hold you back from getting the things you want.

Eight of Swords Love Tarot Meaning

Clearly, in a love Tarot reading, the Eight of Swords can represent a restrictive partner, and one who controls and manipulates others. Your partner might be the controlling one, but there’s also the possibility that you’re the one who places restrictions on your partner.

Potential partnerships don’t seem likely. You will be trapped in the status you’re in now. Are you feeling as though you just can’t progress this relationship forward no matter how hard you try? Then the Eight of Swords means you are restricted from doing so. 

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Eight of Swords Feelings Tarot Meaning

Are you asking your Tarot cards about your potential partner’s feelings? If the Eight of Swords appears in this type of reading, beware; it means they like to get a bit sociopathic with their partners and you could be their next target. Another possibility is that they’re the one who feels restricted and doesn’t like to be tied down. 

Eight of Swords Career & Business Tarot Meaning

As discussed in the general card meaning for this card, the Eight of Swords in a career reading means that you place restrictions on yourself. You may be too self-conscious to put yourself out there. You often sabotage your own success. The Eight of Swords is telling you to stop playing the hiding game.

The Eight of Swords can also represent other people trying to tear you down and downplay your success; they may resort to slander in order to damage your reputation. If this is the case, try not to listen too much to criticism. Do your thing and shine brightly anyway.

Eight of Swords Future Tarot Meaning

When the Eight of Swords appears in the outcome or future position of a love reading, this can mean that your relationship will last for the foreseeable future, but at a cost. Being with your partner will place a chain around your neck. You may be required to look after their physical or emotional health in the future. 

Alternatively, if your relationship with your lover lasts, you will discover in the future that they want completely different things out of life. If you want to be with them, you’ll have to settle for the life they want. These things may not seem like an issue for you now, but they will be in the future.

Yes or No with the Eight of Swords

General – Unfortunately, the Eight of Swords is usually a no for most types of questions. However, if you’re asking about whether you or someone else is likely to be disciplined, the Eight of Swords is a yes in these cases. 

Do they like me? – Your lover feels as though you don’t give them enough space. While they may like you, the answer is ultimately a no because you’re currently turning them off. 

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Am I pregnant? – If you want to be pregnant, you are not pregnant, and there appears to be something that’s preventing you from being so. 

Is this relationship going to last? – Your relationship will last if you’re willing to give up everything you are to please your partner. If not, then no, your relationship will not last. 

Does the future of this look promising? – No, the future of this does not look promising. 

Am I going to reconcile with my ex? – Reconciliations do not seem likely. 

The Eight of Swords as a Negative, Weakness, or Obstacle

In a more negative reading, the Eight of Swords can predict that you will have controlling people in your life. Those who you think care about you now will eventually place restrictions on you. It’s also possible that you will try to micromanage other people with dire consequences, or that you place too many restrictions on yourself and this is why you cannot achieve the things you want. 

When the Eight of Swords appears as a negative, weakness, or blockage Tarot spread position, this often means you will experience criticism and slander. You will let other people’s past judgments of you affect your growth. Make sure you’re making decisions for yourself, not for other people. 

The Eight of Swords as a Positive, Strength, or Advantage

When the Eight of Swords appears as a positive, strength, or advantage in a Tarot reading, it can predict that you don’t make rash decisions. You like to stop and think things through before committing to a plan of action. 

The card in this position could also mean that your intuition is guiding you so that you don’t accidentally make any rash or stupid decisions. Moreover, if people are slandering and gossiping about you, this usually means you have something to covet; in this context, the Eight of Swords is therefore a card of achievement.

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