THE EIGHT OF SWORDS-Interference, is also called The Lord of Shortened Force. 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 by 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 be an intense and a positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in
Crowley illustratesthis in his 8 of Swords, as two
strong and long main swords, being crossed (as in "Crossed-up") by six
short swords of different designs (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.
The comparable card, 8 of Air of the Erotic Tarot of Milo Manara, illustrates a period dressed woman of the 18th century, running from a indigenous native warrior. The yellow dress (color associated with the Air element) flying leaves and crows suggest air, the element of this card.
In the language of animals, crows imply harbingers of bad news. Which is precisely the meaning applied to this card, as Manara assigns the meanings of, bad news, traps, and obstacles to which one reacts, to his card. All easily observed as illustrations in this card.
The astrological meaning is Jupiter in Gemini, meaning, the need to develop oneself mentally and communicatively.
Eight of Swords and 8 of Air also implies:
- A certain amount of fear of change, of
moving out of a binding or restricting situation.
- The Positive side of
this is that change, no matter how resisted, will soon come anyway. 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.
When either card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:
confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas.
- Feeling trapped or ashamed, 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."
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!