Artist: Roxana Paul
Restriction, obstacles. Being in a limited situation, experiencing a lack of choice.
A blindfolded woman stays in the wilderness surrounded with eight swords stuck in the ground like a fence. This picture has a symbolical meaning of being fenced by circumstances. The woman’s hands are tied behind her back, symbolizing a situation of being trapped. The full moon is barely visible behind the clouds, underlining a gloomy and somber mood of this card.
Eight of Swords represents a case of self-imposed restriction, inaction, and avoiding responsibilities. This situation may also be characterized as being trapped by circumstances. The most significant elements of this card include:
– facing obstacles;
– being trapped;
– being in bondage;
– avoiding to perform obligations.