Eight of Swords :-

 

 

Interference : Jupiter : Gemini

The suit of Swords is of the element Air, and influences thoughts, reasoning, perception, basically how we THINK. If this card comes up in a reading it may be telling us to start thinking in a whole new way, one that liberates us from victimhood and transforms us into the STRENGTH card of the Major Arcana. Be strong and come out from the dark and cut the cords that bind and blind you.
Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness.
Reversed:
Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; what is unforeseen; fatality.
The Eight of Swords shows continued thinking and analysis to the detriment of your emotional and physical needs results in ‘analysis paralysis’. Thoughts and ideas in the head stay as thoughts and ideas. Thinking is dissociated from the rest of you, so that there is no way of connecting to outer experience.
At first sight, it would seem easy to confuse it with the Eight of Cups; but the idea is, in reality, quite different. The card is attributed to Jupiter and Gemini; accordingly, there is no weighing down of the will by internal or external stress. It is simply the error of being good-natured when good-nature is disastrous. Gemini is an airy sign, an intellectual sign; Jupiter is geniality and optimism. This will not do in the world of Swords; if one must hit at all, a knock-out blow is best. But there is another element in this card; that of unexpected (the Eights, being at heart Mercurial, are always that) interference, sheer unforeseen bad luck.
Lord of Shortened Force
Magick used. Possible over-application of force for, in contrast, a petty end. Complex means used when more simple would suffice. Unstable result (effects gained through magick tend to lack temporal persistence).
Sickness, Calumny, Criticism, Blame.
Reversed
Treachery in the Past, Event, Accident, Remarkable Incident.
Criticism, Regrettable Situation, Critical Moment, Critical Time, Decisive Moment, Unfortunate Situation, Delicate Circumstance, Crisis. Examination, Discussion, Investigations, Blame, Censure, Commentary, Conclusion, Monitoring, Disapproval, Condemnation, Abrogation, Judgment, Contempt.
Reversed
Incident, Difficulty, Exceptional Situation, Conjunction, Event, Accessory, Unconscious, Obstacle, Delay, Waiting. Abjection. Dispute, Contradiction, Opposition, Resistance, Squabble. Unexpected, Unforeseen, Fortunate Occurrence, Destiny, Fate, Accidents, Misfortunes, Disgrace, Unfortunate, Symptom.
TRADITION
Critical position, censure, crisis, chagrin, examination, research, control, condemnation, judgment, sickness, calumny. Reversed: Difficulty, obstacle, accident, treachery, fatality, adventure, etc.
CONCLUSION
Obstacles, conflict, danger, hampering, affliction, criticism, sex-problems of a threatening nature, danger of death sometimes, fatality; revenge, debt, poverty, condemnation, sickness. Patience and endurance will be necessary or helpful. Uncouth female. Incident or accident.