Eight of Swords
This tarot card sends across the meaning of helplessness. In a reading, it signifies a situation where we are paralyzed by our fears, doubts, and insecurities. While we are bestowed with all the resources to break free, we refuse to consider the facts. We are either not aware of the complete picture, or are unwilling to face the truth. Emotion has taken over our minds, and we need to utilize our senses to feel our way forward. A different perspective would enable us to stop struggling, and the chains around our thoughts would automatically fall away.
The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.