The Rider-Waite-Smith- Eight of Swords implies a certain amount of fear of change, of moving out of a binding or restricting situation. This is emphasized by the bound person on the Rider-Waite-Smith card. The personage is in a prison of Swords which represents thoughts causing a narrowness of or restriction of mind and shortened will power. Many of us know this as being narrow minded or short sighted.
The positive side of this is that change, no matter how resisted, will soon come. The Good Fortune of Jupiter, will show up. What is again implied, is stop wasting time and proceed with change, your scattered efforts will not stop it, only interfere with your wholesome transition.
The Thoth 8 OF SWORDS- Interference, is called The Lord of Shortened Force, by Aleister Crowley. This card is attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, and Jupiter's natural expansiveness is in determent in Gemini as the Duality of Gemini affects Jupiter's positive energy, scattering half one way and half the other.
Here, Hod is in Yetzirah, the Astral World.
The angels of the Decan are, Vemibael and Yehohel.
Because of the desire to go one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered, erratic and unstable. This is indeed an interference when trying to focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes it can begin as an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection.
Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as two strong and long main swords, one consciousness and the other unconsciousness, being crossed ( as in Crossed-up) by six short swords of different designs that represent scattered thoughts. The shorter swords also imply, shortened force, narrowness and restriction. There is a definite lack of persistence in intellectual matters and of contest. Jupiter's natural good fortune still attends even the weakest of efforts, yet the will is constantly thwarted by accidental interference.
When the 8 of Swords is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:
- Confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas.
- Feeling trapped or ashamed, which are the beginnings of recognizing the need for change, and moving on ward with your life.
- The mental dissolution or loss of faith in situations or ideas, is a sure sign of progress beyond the old.
- The mind is saying," your perspectives no longer serve your life motion, so new ideas will soon be presented."
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