Eight of Swords
So here is where the overuse of the Sword can turn into oppression, of yourself or of others. The Eight of Swords is the card of imprisonment and restriction. This can be from an outside force, someone using authority to oppress another. Since Swords is the mental suit, however, this is also the card of having a mental block or being paralyzed by your own thoughts – a different sort of imprisonment. You’ll note the girl in the picture does not have her legs bound. If she tried, she could get up and try to escape. But she does not, because she knows the swords are there but can’t see where they are, and is terrified of getting cut. Her fear only aids her captors, as she is too hopeless and dejected to even attempt to defy them. This card doesn’t necessarily mean fear, but it’s a sign that something is keeping you back, and if it’s not external, then it’s inside your own head.
A pretty simple inverse – if the card upright is bonds and restrictions, than inverted it’s a sign of breaking free of them. Recall this can also be breaking free of mental blocks, as well, and so this card can represent regaining hope and inspiration.