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Sasha Graham's Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Eight of Swords

The Eight of Swords

The Eight of Swords usually provokes a gasp when I flip it. The last way we want to understand ourselves is as the figure on the Eight of Swords, bound, blindfolded, trapped. Yet, how we deceive ourselves at times. How easy is it to fool yourself into believing something is okay when really – it isn’t.

When you sell yourself short, you become the figure in the Eight of Swords. When you let other people define who you are, you become this figure. So, the looming question – how do you remove the binds?

If you are reading this, I’m guessing you are a pretty intuitive person. You can pinpoint one area in your life you need to bust out, break free. Does an old habit have you in its grips? Stuck in a job you loath? Dream of singing in Carnegie Hall but 20 years ago some miserable 8th grade teacher told you had no talent?

Try this exercise. Look at the Eight of Swords for a moment then close your eyes. Consider your current situation and imagine you are the figure on the card. Feel the binds around your body, trapping you, confining you. Now, in your minds eye, envision yourself as you’d like to be. Free. Fabulous. Living life in true expression of who you are. Go back to the image of you bound and restricted. Begin to feel the binds loosening, dropping, falling away. The blindfold drifts off and you look out to the world. The colors are vibrant, intense, your reality transformed. You grab a sword and confidently move forward into your future.

You have the ability to take a really tough Tarot card and make it work in your advantage!

But there is so much life – and it is wrong to waste it. Make the most of everything – even the bad stuff. This time, this day, will never come again.

-Jeanette Winterson

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