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What I See:

I see lots of Air colors here in the blues and yellows. The one man has a stick with a feather making me think of talking sticks. The rest of the people are actively listening. I picture community meetings, even the sharing of stories. I’m curious what has brought this group together.

This is a very positive card of teamwork verses the more traditional Eight of Swords which has more of an entrapment feel.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

You may be challenged individually for the betterment of the group.

  • Keywords: Transcending Destiny, Overcoming Obstacles (through hard work), or Release.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of trying to go it alone.

  • Keywords: Interference, Entrapment, Blockage, or Viscous Circle.


A Knights of the Round table type of tale? Perhaps a council meeting whether political, communal, familial, or spiritual?

The sharing of tales, stories? How about story time at a library? Maybe teacher and students?

  • Eight Themes: Taking Action, Energy, Self-directed Movement, Empowerment, or Transforming Vision into Reality.

Typically, the Eight of Swords shows a blindfolded woman surrounded by swords — Damsel in Distress. A rescue story? Perhaps the swords are prison bars? Maybe a passive resistance theme? BDSM?


Everyone shares power in a circle.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

For more information on the Eights in general, please refer back to the Eight of Earth.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide