We have what looks like a circus cage, holding in a wild profusion of vegetation between its Swords/bars. There are cheerful sparkles in the card corners, and a jaunty banner with the card's title flying from the top of the cage, giving it that circus air. And to be honest, the plants seem as though they are staring to spill out, though there is no vegetation beyond the cage.
I like this image, with its sense of wild abandon reigned in. It speaks to being trapped, though it feels more unfair than self-imposed: human implements locking in natural beings. And yet, isn't that part of traditional Eight of Swords interpretations: our minds locking us away from expressing ourselves authentically? It can also be read at an intuitive level as us feeling trapped by other people's ideas and conventions, being reigned in by other people's expectations of what we should do, how we should look. Altogether, an interesting card!
I have to admit, I've quite often felt hemmed in by other people's expectations of me as a mother. You wouldn't believe how often people have come up to me on the street and told me I was doing something 'wrong'! Not dressing my son warmly enough (he overheats easily, which causes him painful spasms), not giving him enough freedom to explore (he can't walk safely by himself as he has no save reflex and slow responses to external stimuli), not giving him food or drink when we're eating (he's tube fed, it's quite subtle). I'm getting better at brushing such comments off, and in a strange way it actually helps that as he gets older his condition is becoming more apparent. Still, I recognise that part of the issue is also with my own thoughts, feeling reluctant for others to know about him.
I am grateful to open up more about my son.