Today's Journey Tarot shows us its take on the Eight of Air (Swords) today.
I love this depiction. Actually, in a strange way I think the Eight of Swords is often a make-or-break card for me in any deck. It's the card that sold me on the Anna K Tarot, for example (the link takes you to the card and it's meaning). Not that I like the energy of the Eight of Swords, but perhaps that it resonates with me nonetheless.
Here, someone has locked herself in her home. She's dressed in grey, representing the negativity and fear she feels. Outside, if she would just glance through her window, it's a beautiful, sunny day and people are flying in a hot air balloon above verdant fields. Instead, she stays curled up on her sofa, with six locks (I guess eight just didn't fit on the door) between her and the ouside world.
This is a great depiction of being trapped by your own thoughts and fears. She could get up at any time, open the door and go out into the world, but her own pessimism and prejudices won't allow it.
As for me, today I'm back at college. After last week, I wonder whether this card actually recommends that sometimes it's better to keep things locked up. Generally, that's not my take on this card, or on life. And I know that I have been keeping things locked up, perhaps too much - that may be why I exploded last week. However, I worry that if I have another blow up my tutor might consider it a reason to fail me :(
I am grateful for the reminder to think carefully about whether or not to hide myself away from the world.