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.
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 The Fool card and 8 Of Swords card together in particular.
The The Fool 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 The Fool and 8 Of Swords mean together?
The Fool tarot card means fresh hope. This is a good time to take chances and explore new paths. The 8 Of Swords tarot card means self-imposed restrictions. This is a time to take stock of your life and make sure you are not putting yourself in any self-imposed prison.
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
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Fool and 8 Of Swords mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
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 The Fool mean?
When it comes to health, The Fool Tarot card indicates that it is time to take a chance on something new. Perhaps you have been meaning to start that new exercise regime or finally quit smoking. Whatever it is, now is the time to take the plunge. This is also a good time to reassess your current health situation and make any necessary changes.
In terms of finances, The Fool Tarot card suggests that it is time to take a risk. Perhaps you have been thinking about starting your own business. Or maybe you have been considering investing in something new. Whatever it is, now is the time to take the plunge. This is also a good time to reassess your current financial situation and make any necessary changes.
When it comes to relationships, The Fool Tarot card suggests that it is time to take a chance on something new. Perhaps you have been thinking about starting a new relationship. Or maybe you have been considering reconnecting with an old friend. Whatever it is, now is the time to take the plunge. This is also a good time to reassess your current relationship situation and make any necessary changes.
What does 8 Of Swords mean?
The 8 Of Swords Tarot card can represent self-imposed restrictions when it comes to health. This could manifest as someone who is overly cautious and doesn’t take risks, even when it comes to their own health. This lack of risk-taking can lead to a life that is lived in fear, and this can have a negative impact on physical and mental health. isolation and imprisonment can also be indicative of poor health, as these can lead to a person feeling cut off from the world and unable to take care of themselves. Financial:
The 8 Of Swords Tarot card can also represent financial restrictions, isolation and imprisonment. This can manifest as someone who is extremely tight with their money and doesn’t take any risks, even when it comes to investments. This can lead to a life that is lived in fear, and this can have a negative impact on financial health. Relationships:
The 8 Of Swords Tarot card can also represent relationship restrictions, isolation and imprisonment. This can manifest as someone who is extremely guarded and doesn’t take any risks, even when it comes to relationships. This can lead to a life that is lived in fear, and this can have a negative impact on the quality of relationships.
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 The Fool and 8 Of Swords has helped you.
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