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Fear and the Eight of Swords

Recently, I’ve been grappling with a disquieting restlessness, an unwelcome companion casting shadows on my thoughts. Doubts about whether I truly deserve love, happiness, and the freedom to be myself have crept in, and these unfamiliar experiences evoke fear in my unaccustomed mind. I can’t help but ponder, “What if everything spirals into chaos? What will my future look like?”

In my quest for clarity, I turned to my tarot deck, inviting its mystical guidance into my contemplative space. As the cards unfolded, the Eight of Swords revealed itself, mirroring the internal struggles that have been haunting my mind.

In the tarot realm, the Eight of Swords symbolizes self-doubt, fear, and feeling confined by one’s thoughts. The image of a figure bound and surrounded by eight swords resonated deeply with my current state. Doubts about my abilities had erected a barrier, distancing me from my heart and hindering me from fully embracing the beauty around me.

It became evident that fear had constructed a formidable blockade, obstructing my ability to recognize and appreciate the blessings in my life. The persistent “What if” questions became draining whispers, diverting my focus from the present moment. I realised that the roots of these fears did not originate from external forces but within myself – a revelation carrying both a weighty truth and a spark of empowerment.


I’m catching myself in the loop of self-doubt and fear. Rather than succumbing to “What if everything turns into chaos?” I consciously observe this thought, recognizing it as a creation of my mind. Stepping back, I see it as just a thought, not an inevitable reality.


Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), let’s say I identify the negative belief: “I don’t deserve love, happiness, and freedom.” I challenge this belief by seeking evidence to support or contradict it. I might realize that my achievements, positive experiences, and the love of those around me contradict this negative belief, providing a more balanced perspective.

Moreover, CBT encourages the creation of a constructive thought pattern. Instead of dwelling on the fear of chaos, I actively replace it with a positive affirmation like, “I am capable of overcoming challenges, and my future holds opportunities for growth and happiness.”

These examples illustrate how both my meta-cognitive awareness and CBT techniques can be potent tools in navigating and transforming negative thought patterns, facilitating clarity and cultivating a more positive mindset.

Continuing my journey of self-discovery, the Eight of Swords serves as a poignant reminder that the key to liberation lies in acknowledging and confronting my internal fears. Through the interplay of tarot insights and psychological approaches, I am gradually unraveling the threads that bind me, opening new pathways to self-empowerment, emotional freedom, and the unwavering belief that I deserve love, happiness, and the freedom to be authentically myself.

Love’s Journey: The Fool’s Tarot Wisdom

A night filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a hint of mystery—a perfect setting for a tarot card adventure.

Anja, a friend with a flair for the mystical, produced her deck and asked that age-old question, “What do you want to know?” With a playful smile, I confessed to the uncertainty that clouds matters of the heart in my future.

As the cards swirled in Anja’s hands, fate decided to play its hand, and there it was—the Fool card, looking up at me with its whimsical imagery. Now, why the Fool, of all cards?

In the realm of tarot, the Fool isn’t a harbinger of foolishness or unpredictability. Rather, it’s an invitation, a beckoning to embrace the unknown. This card embodies the spirit of a fearless adventurer, someone ready to dance along the edge of uncertainty.

It’s not about predicting doom or warning against naivety. The Fool symbolizes a fresh start, an audacious leap into uncharted territories. It’s that exhilarating feeling you get when you’re about to take a risk, dive into a new relationship, or explore uncharted emotional landscapes.

So, there I was, face to face with the Fool, a reminder that love, much like life, is a grand journey. It urged me not to fear the twists and turns but to welcome them. It suggested being open to spontaneity, welcoming the unexpected, and trusting that every step, no matter how unconventional, is a step toward growth.

Inspired by the Fool’s wisdom, I turned to Anja with a question echoing in my mind: How can I infuse my love life with new adventures? I expressed the monotony, the repetitive patterns that seemed to dominate my romantic story. That’s when Mette, another friend, chimed in, suggesting that perhaps the key lies in changing the way I approach it.

And there it was—the Fool’s influence expanding beyond the card. It wasn’t just about predicting love; it was about actively participating in its creation. By embracing a Fool’s mentality, I could break free from the familiar patterns, welcoming love as an adventure waiting to unfold.

In the grand tapestry of love and life, perhaps being a Fool isn’t a folly after all. It’s an embrace of the courageous spirit that dares to venture into the unknown, dances to the rhythm of the heart, and trusts that each unexpected step might lead to extraordinary discoveries in the realm of love.