The 8 of Swords (Jupiter in Gemini) 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.
The 8 of Swords also represents the noise of our society in general and how stillness for the sake of being still is frowned upon. It is in silence, we are able to connect with that still small voice within. And that voice is the enemy of the noise of the world.
“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 corresponds with Jupiter (planet of expansion) in Gemini (mutable Air) and a propensity for utterly self-defeating hyper-activity of the mind.
Becoming the Observer
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 defers to the compassion 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 peace and stillness within where new opportunities soon become apparent to me.”
8 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for curing the blindness and busyness of the ego mind. Help me become the Observer of my thoughts from a place of pure compassion. Amen and so it is!
Correspondences for 8 of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Archangel: Raphael, ruler of the Element of Air
Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, green agate and aquamarine
Essential oils: Frankincense, chamomile and lavender
The 8 of Swords in Love and Relationships
Your mind is working overtime and holding you captive. You could be imagining the worst about the relationship without evidence. His working late turns into fantasies about him cheating. Any time he spends on the computer, you are sure he’s sending messages to other women. You are tempted to go through his pockets and check his mobile/cell phone.
STOP! You are on a negative downward spiral. You need to reintroduce the element of trust and find a way of freeing yourself from suspicion, mistrust and jealousy.
The good news is, it’s all in your mind!
Single and looking
In a single person’s love and romance reading, this card signifies severe self-doubt and comparing oneself to others, perhaps some heavily filtered Insta pictures, something completely out of reach to real humans. It’s the head operating without the heart. There is a need for liberating the mind and reconnecting with the heart. Compassion and loving-kindness have to start with the Self before the heart can open up to love another.
On a physical level, impotence or frigidity brought on by mental stress could be present when the 8 of Swords shows up. It is not a card indicating physical intimacy or any kind of intimacy for that matter.
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.