The blindfold comes off.  To escape fear, belong.

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In a spiritual context, the Eight of Swords reversed tells you that you will be feeling empowered, hopeful and free to explore you spiritual path.   

Eight of Swords is a Minor Arcana tarot card. Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play Tarot card games. However, in English-speaking countries, where the games are largely unknown, Tarot cards came to be utilized primarily for divinatory purposes. 

The Eight of Swords shows a woman bound and blindfolded. Eight swords surround her, seemingly trapping her in place, a symbol of the limiting thoughts, beliefs, and mindset that prevent her from moving forward in her life. However, look closer: if the woman removed her blindfold, she would quickly realize that she can escape her predicament by letting go of her limiting beliefs and establishing a new, more empowered mindset. The water pooled at her feet suggests that her intuition might see what her eyes cannot.

The general meaning in the Eight of Swords is that of a feeling of being trapped and victimized. You may feel powerless because, in your mind, you feel that changing the situation might be beyond you.

When the Eight of Swords appears reversed, it means you are escaping from once-powerful self-limiting thoughts. In the case of the Eight of Swords, it indicates that the metaphorical blindfold is coming off, allowing you to see yourself with a clearer perspective.

Reversed Eight Of Swords

The Eight of Swords reversed suggests that limiting self-beliefs plague you, preventing you from moving forward. For example, you may tell yourself that you do not deserve to be wealthy, preventing yourself from receiving financial abundance even if it’s offered to you. Or you might conclude you are too old to lose weight, leaving you unhappy with your body and your health. The beliefs you hold about yourself are preventing you from achieving your personal goals. In light of this, change your belief system. Catch yourself when you are in a negative thought pattern and break the cycle.

The Eight of Swords reversed also suggests that you are more prone to negative self-talk and suffering at the hands of your inner critic. You feel trapped because every time you try to do something, your inner critic tells you why it’s wrong or not good enough – so you give up trying altogether.

The reversed Eight of Swords signals that skeletons in the closet need clearing out. Allow yourself to let go of the old patterns of behavior and belief systems holding you back.

On the positive side, when the Eight of Swords appears reversed, it can show that you are releasing yourself from negative patterns and belief systems. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you can create a more positive reality for yourself by letting go of those self-limiting beliefs. You made it through a difficult time, and you are more open to change and self-acceptance. Reflect on what worked in the past and changed your perspective and approach. Acknowledge the options in front of you and refuse to play the role of the victim, taking greater accountability for where you are in life.

The swords symbolize the intellect, and the heart, the emotions which always suffer under this treatment. The four swords signify avoidance. Setting problems to the side (the swords on the wall) while one prays for deliverance. This card can also represent surrender, or in some cases, pacifism.

“Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. But, a feeling comes, and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever when my act does not involve judgment and decision.”― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving.

Erich Fromm was a neo-Freudian psychoanalyst who suggested a theory of personality based on two primary needs: the need for freedom and the need for belonging. He said that people develop certain personality styles or strategies to deal with the anxiety created by feelings of isolation.

In the existential psychoanalysis of Erich Fromm, a character pattern is marked by the use of stealth, deceit, power, or violence to obtain what the individual wants. Thus, the character type is plagiaristic rather than spontaneously or resourcefully creative. Also called exploitative character.

Freedom is not so much a fact but a possibility: the authentic achievement of the human person. Freedom must be gained specifically against the obstacles and the conditions to which we are constantly exposed. ― (1968g: Introduction, in Erich Fromm and Ramón Xirau (Eds.): The Nature of Man

If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism. This is the central idea of Escape from Freedom, a landmark work by one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time, a book as timely now as when first published in 1941.

In the case of freedom as a paradox, the contradiction is that freedom cannot exist without its counterpart: non-freedom. This non-freedom may mean: that you are forced to make choices. Otherwise, you cannot go further. You have to limit others; otherwise, they will affect your freedom.

An escapist doesn’t live in the real world but dreams, wishes, and fantasizes instead. If you’re an escapist, you might avoid thinking about unpleasant things by playing video games for hours. … The goal for an escapist is to escape the difficulties of life and their own feelings through these diversions.

He argues that love is the only rational answer to our need to overcome separateness, which he sees as the fundamental problem of human existence. Fromm says that modern humans are alienated from each other and from nature, and we seek refuge from our lonesomeness in romantic love and marriage.

“”(p 62 of The Sane Society). Fromm believes that we need to have a sense of identity, of individuality, to stay sane. This need is so powerful that we are sometimes driven to find it by doing anything for signs of status or trying desperately to conform and belong. 

Belonging is the feeling of security and support when a particular group member has a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity. It is when an individual can bring their authentic self to work. Conversely, when employees feel like they don’t belong at work, their performance and personal lives suffer.

Belongingness is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, a religion, or something else, people tend to have an “inherent” desire to belong and be an essential part of something greater than themselves.

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