When the swords appear, we can generally count on some challenges heading our way. The first reaction can be to tense up and brace for impact, head turned the other way to avoid facing the situation head-on. It would be a good time to note that just because we're not looking doesn't mean that it's not still coming toward us. The suit of swords is going to indicate mental activity, analytical processes and intellect, so that's the arena that will demand our attention throughout July.
The Eight of Swords is also known as the card of Interference which brings our attention to the clarity of our thoughts and capacity for discernment. The image in the card shows us that we're having difficulty seeing the obstacles around us; our intellect is bound. The bindings around our body, however, are quite loose so we could effectively shimmy free and thus be able to take off the blindfold and move forward. It's up to us to free ourselves here so we can get a clear look at the real challenges that surround us instead of fearing the worst while looking through our fingers.
You may feel that your surroundings are restrictive, or you feel bound in some way to your current situation. This can stoke the fear inside of us which leaves us powerless to act. We become indecisive and wallow in inaction because we're too afraid to move forward.
Recognize these inclinations this month and remember that you can take the blindfold off anytime. Once you do, you'll be able to face reality, eliminate the interference, get those emotions into a more balanced state and tap into your intellect to free yourself.
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