Drawing 2 Of Wands Card And 8 Of Swords Tarot Cards Together | What Do They Mean When Together? | A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 9 January 2023
  • Time to read: 9 min.

A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.

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However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.

As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the 2 Of Wands card and 8 Of Swords card together in particular.

The 2 Of Wands card and 8 Of Swords have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.

What does 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords mean together?

The 2 Of Wands tarot card and The 8 Of Swords tarot card together create a feeling of being in a difficult situation. You are aware that choices must be made, yet despite feeling like you have the freedom to choose, you sense that the path before you is unclear, leaving you with a feeling of isolation and uncertainty. You may be feeling trapped by self-imposed restrictions, however these feelings could also be related to decisions that have been made that limit your ability to move forward. It is time to consider all the options, move out of the stagnancy, and take action on your travel plans if you wish to break free.

The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings

What does 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords mean together for your love life?

The two of wands tarot card and the eight of swords tarot card when placed together in a love reading indicates a period of transition. This can be seen as a time of contemplation and realignment before making any big decisions. It may be wise to hold off on getting into a commitment just yet, as you need to take into consideration if your current relationship is truly the best one for you in the long run.

This is a time of assessing the situation, searching within for clarity on whether you should stay with your current partner or pursue somebody new. As you assess your love life, try to remain open to all possibilities, not just the ones that are seemingly easy or convenient. There is no need to rush; instead be mindful of what is right for you and make a gradual transition.

When looking at the two of wands tarot card, it can symbolize the need for you to make a choice. With the eight of swords tarot card, the focus is on being open-minded and assessing all options. This is not a time to take the easy route or do what is expected of you. Instead take some time to understand yourself and your needs. Review each of your options carefully and think through them objectively before coming to any conclusions.

The two of wands tarot card can also signify travel plans, so perhaps this is an opportunity to get out and see the world. Spend some time alone or with your partner, explore new places and cultures, and use the experience to gain important insights. Seeing new places could bring a newfound perspective and help you make decisions about your love life.

The two of wands tarot card and the eight of swords tarot card together in a love reading can be a time for you to analyze your current situation, ask questions about your desires, and assess your options before making any decisions. Ultimately, you have the power to choose your own path and make a decision that is truly best for you.

What does 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords mean together for your finances?

The combination of The 2 Of Wands and The 8 Of Swords suggest that you are at a crossroad in regards to finances and job. There is a certain waiting period where you are in limbo as to which direction to take. This could mean that you have applied for a job and now you have to wait for the results, or you have recently started a new business venture and need to make a decision to move forward or not.

The 8 Of Swords tarot card warns of self-imposed restrictions that are likely to be from fear or lack of initiative. You may find yourself isolating and avoiding the decisions that need to be made. You could also feel ‘stuck’ in a situation, like you lack the freedom or ability to make a choice.

When it comes to your finances, the combination of these two cards can often be a sign that change is coming. You need to be open to making a choice and exploring new opportunities. The 2 Of Wands urges you to make plans and seek out new adventures in order to improve your financial situation. The 8 Of Swords can also point to a need to make a change in spending habits, or forcing yourself to become more disciplined in order to get back on track.

Overall, these two cards suggest that whatever decision you make, it must come from a place of courage and confidence. You may feel restricted in terms of finances or job, but take the time to research and explore different options. Overall, when The 2 Of Wands and The 8 Of Swords tarot cards are combined, it can point to a need for change and a strong desire to create a better financial situation.

What does 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords mean together for your health?

When The 2 Of Wands and The 8 Of Swords tarot card come together for your health, it can indicate a period of feeling stuck and confused. You are likely being faced with two or more options that all seem equally attractive, and yet, overwhelmed by the implications of each and unable to decide, you don’t feel ready to choose. It could also be that fear and self-doubt are preventing you from making a move forward in any direction.

The 2 Of Wands is urging you to take it slow and consider all options, while the 8 Of Swords is warning you not to get stuck in a place of indecision and self-doubt. Despite the self-imposed restrictions and sense of isolation, you can still make a decision that will have a positive effect on your life. You just have to be brave and willing to take risks.

The cards are counseling that a journey, physical or metaphorical, is what is needed to move through this phase. If you can embrace the possibility of change and take a step forward, you can leave the prison of your own making and start the journey towards a healthier and more fulfilled life. That is the power of the 2 Of Wands and the 8 Of Swords working together.

The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.

Common 2-card spreads

Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread

The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:

  • The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
  • The 2 card “Yes or No”

“The Fool’s Journey”

Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over

Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)

Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.

The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation

The 2 card “Yes or No”

Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.

Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.

The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.

Yes or No meaning

Both 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords mean “No”. If you are asking a direct question, then be under no illusions, the answer is a negative one. If you draw 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords the answer to your question is “NO”.

The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.

What does 2 Of Wands mean?

Health: The 2 of Wands Tarot card suggests that it’s time to take stock of your overall health. There may be a need to evaluate your current lifestyle and make changes in order to ensure that you maintain your physical health. This could mean anything from changing your diet and exercising more, to consult with a healthcare professional to help you make realistic goals that are achievable with your physical abilities. It could be a time of preparation, weighing out the pros and cons of various health approaches and ultimately making a decision.

Finances: The 2 of Wands in a Tarot deck can suggest that it may be a time of financial evaluation. This is a time to take control of your financial situation and look for ways to manage your money responsibly and create a plan for the future. You may need to take a step back and make a list of priorities. What debts need to be repaid? Do all of your bills need to be paid immediately? Are there any investments that you can make to increase your savings? This Tarot card may be telling you to make a plan and to stick to it.

Relationships: The 2 of Wands Tarot card can represent the need to make a decision that affects relationships. It is a time to weigh the pros and cons of each relationship and decide which one is right for you. This could mean choosing between friends, family, or romantic partners. It could also represent the need to make a choice between staying in a relationship or letting it go. It is important to use your intuition and trust your own decisions, while being mindful of the impact it may have.

What does 8 Of Swords mean?


The 8 of Swords Tarot card is a symbol of emotional and physical pain, difficulty, and suffering. It can represent a sense of powerlessness and a feeling of being trapped or stuck in a situation. It can indicate a need to confront unhealthy patterns and habits that have kept us from feeling our best. It can also reflect mental and physical exhaustion from repetitive behaviors. This card warns us that our own insecurities and baggage can cause us to self-isolate, to ignore our own needs, and to allow our health to suffer. It can be a reminder to look inward and address these issues in order to find balance and healing.


The 8 of Swords Tarot card can represent financial difficulties and a lack of control. It can suggest an inability to create financial stability and indicate that we are limiting our own success due to fear and doubt. It can also reflect an inner conflict between feelings of pleasure vs. feelings of guilt, a sense of being stuck between two worlds. This card advises us to take a step back, inspect our current financial situation, and honestly assess whether we are doing what is necessary to achieve our goals.


The 8 of Swords Tarot card can represent a sense of isolation in our relationships. It can speak to a fear of vulnerability, lack of communication and avoidance of difficult conversations. It can suggest a fear of getting hurt, being taken advantage of or feeling trapped, and can lead to a sense of stagnation in our relationships. This card reminds us to take an honest look at our current connections, to confront our insecurities and to take action to break free from them.


Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw 2 Of Wands and 8 Of Swords has helped you.

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