III The Empress – 8 of Swords
I’ll be honest – my first instinct was to cheat and do another cut! But after events of yesterday and the way they haunted my sleep last night, leaving me feeling generally tied and trapped, it’s obvious even to a thick-headed mule like myself that there is something to learn here. (And my word, the dyslexia is bad today. Hooray stress!)
It is clear – at least in very, very basic tarot terms – who is light and who is shadow as represented by these two cards. The Empress is love and abundance and all good things, while the 8 of Swords is feeling powerless in (self-imposed) imprisonment. The Empress is Home and the 8/S is alone, confused and far, far from any place that could offer comfort and security. If the empress is Nature, the 8/S is disconnected from it. Isolated. Resigned.
The 8 of Swords hasn’t appeared in a reading for me for a very long time, but then, I haven’t felt like this in a very long time.