Symbolism in tarot reading: blindfolds
One of the most powerful symbolic images reflected in the Tarot is that of the blindfold. Bandages 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 generally refer to a lack of knowledge. With its appearance, there is an element of darkness. They convey a lack of light, insight, or inner knowing. In Tarot readings, blindfolds can refer to our anxieties, fears, and reluctance to acknowledge important truths.
However, it is important to note that bandages also have positive aspects. In tarot reading, the image of the blindfold reminds us that there is always a light within us. Although the world may seem dark and uncertain, we can find peace and harmony within ourselves. Blindfold encourages 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 represent blindfolds: The Two of Swords and the Eight of Swords. Its association with the suit of spades shows that it further validates its reference to the truth. Swords are a suit that “cuts” 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, the swords refer to our inner truths and our subjective concept of reality.
In the Tarot readings, both the Two of Swords and the Eight of Swords refer to the 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 the reluctance to perceive situations as they really are. Avoidance has become the solution. The connection between the heart and the mind has been sacrificed for the comfort of forgetting. The Eight of Swords, on the other hand, refers to a lack of knowledge. One’s true path has been clouded by fear and uncertainty. In this case, fear has distorted the truth. Confusion and worry have been self-imposed.
When blindfolded 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 can you be reluctant to look at. Blindfolds urge you to connect with your inner light and discover the resources that can truly set you free.
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