“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV
The 8 of Swords is the card of the person who has not yet learned to observe and release their thoughts. Their personal power is tied up by the cunning of the ego-mind which always strives to keep us prisoner to fear, worry and anxiety.
It is Jupiter (planet of expansion) in Gemini (mutable Air) and a propensity for utterly self-defeating hyper-activity of the mind.
The first step to freedom is the realisation that we are not our thoughts. Only through meditation and contemplation of deep philosophical truths can we learn to observe the mind with compassion from the point of view of the Higher Self.
The paradox is that only through the mind can we liberate ourselves from the self-defeating power of the mind. The difference lies in a mind that is controlled by the ego and one that is under the loving care of the Higher Self. In the case of the latter, we strive to feed the mind with spiritually uplifting literature, prayers and affirmations.
“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”
~ Charles H. Spurgeon
Affirmation: “I am free to observe my mind from a place of utter peace where new opportunities soon become apparent to me.”
8 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for curing the blindness of the ego-mind. Help me become the Observer of my thoughts from a place of pure compassion. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for 8 of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Archangel: Sachiel (Ruler of Jupiter) and Zadkiel (angel of Gemini)
Gemstone: Lapis lazuli, green agate and aquamarine
Scent: Frankincense, chamomile and lavender
Deck used: Bonefire Tarot