What Shall I Do? The Eight of Swords

The Mercantile

Whenever a card from the Suit of Swords pops up during a tarot reading – the likelihood that it scares the crap out of whoever is present is very high. You don’t have to know how to read tarot to understand some of these images. Like this one, for example.


Yep – that’s the Eight of Swords. Not a pretty sight – and it isn’t even the most visual image in the suit. The Suit of Swords represents the astrological element of air which governs the intellect. The air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius – are known for their ability to see things rationally and logically. They can quickly and succinctly cut through to the heart of the matter without getting wrapped up in emotions. 

So it’s surprising (maybe fitting?) that it is this very suit that seems to inspire the strongest feelings in others. If anyone’s ever spoken to you…

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