The Eight of Swords signifies repression, inhibition, and self-prohibition, the suppression of something valuable within ourselves. You've boxed yourself in and do not know which way to move in a situation. You are holding yourself back, refusing yourself any options, and for no good reason. Don't waste energy on trivial details. Maintain your health, guard your reputation, and strive for greater freedom from inhibitions and self-imposed limitations.
The meanings of the cards should not be taken literally. By looking at the cards from the point of view that they signify forces at work in our life - some current, some just passing away, and some about to enter our life, we can gain more clarity in understanding a situation, increase our awareness, and keep matters in perspective.
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