The main theme of the Eight of Swords is one of interference.
It may be that we are self-sabotaging, or it may be the result of an attack or betrayal.
The Eight of Swords is a card that can represent either a self-imposed or an externally imposed cruelty.
This may be an actual physical confinement, or it may be a more metaphorical prison of the mind.
The card may also indicate a situation in which we feel trapped, or in which we have painted ourselves into a corner.