One of the most powerful symbolic images reflected within the Tarot is that of the blindfold. Blindfolds are barriers, both literally and emotionally. Symbolically, they refer to one’s level of denial or inability to perceive things as they really are. They can represent a distortion of reality and typically refer to lack of insight. With their appearance, there is an element of darkness. They convey a lack of light, insight or inner knowledge. In Tarot readings, blindfolds can refer to our anxieties, fears, and the reluctance to acknowledge important truths.
It’s important to note, however, that there are also positive aspects to blindfolds. In tarot reading, the image of the blindfold reminds us that there is always a light within us. Although the world may appear dark and uncertain, we can find peace and harmony from within our own selves. Blindfolds encourage us to travel through the darkness of our own fear, confusion, uncertainty and lack of faith. In the end, this process can be transformative. Inner strength replaces lack of confidence and apprehension. Our own, personal truths become clearer. We can discover who we really are.
There are two cards in traditional Tarot decks that depict blindfolds: The Two of Swords and the Eight of Swords. There association to the suit of swords proves to further validate their reference to truth. The swords are a suit that “cuts” to the truth regardless of one’s feelings or expectations. However, swords represent the realm of the mind and do not necessarily refer to facts. From this perspective, swords refer to our inner truths and our subjective concept of reality.
In Tarot readings, both the Two of Swords and Eight of Swords refer to an inability to see reality as it really is. In this case, the concept of truth has been distorted or, in some cases, avoided. The Two or Swords refers to a reluctance to perceive situations as they really are. Avoidance has become the solution. The connection between heart and mind has been sacrificed for the comfort of oblivion. The Eight of Swords, on the other hand, refers to the lack of insight. One’s true path has been shadowed by fear and uncertainty. In this case, fear has distorted the truth. Confusion and worry have been self-imposed.
When blindfolds appear in a Tarot reading, there are always important implications. They always require you to look within and find your truth. It is always helpful to ask yourself what you may be reluctant to look at. Blindfolds urge you to connect to your inner light and discover the resources that truly can set your free.
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