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Eight of Spades meaning​

8 of spadesEight of spades is the card of sickness. In the earlier ages this terrible card was an omen for plague, injuries and infections that were invariably fatal. With the advance of the modern medicine it became less dangerous. In essence, the Eight of spades is a warning. It means that an illness is coming your way and you should take better care of your health.

Quick check:  is 8 of spades in your cards today? Will you get a warning from your destiny about accident or illness?

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Detailed meanings for the Eight of Spades​

08 of spades meaning french deck


Card of illness, disease and addiction. Not as bad as the Nine of Spades, but this Eight is a very bad card.

Crying, discord, annoyance, heartache, missed love, obstacles, infections; this card is fertile with awful predictions.

The Eight of Spades, having on the right a

Spade: Sickness after an accident outside.

Heart: Illness of a friend.

Diamond: Dubious contracts. – Discord with business partners.

Club: Sickness for the consultant, not dangerous and of short duration.

Having on the left a

Spade: Crying and tears. – Domestic sorrows. Obstacles to anything you want.

Heart: Missed love or marriage. Somebody else married the man or the woman that was your perfect fit and the opportunity is gone forever. – Friction with a friend or relative.

Diamond: Sadness. – Complicated birth.

Club: Monetary losses. – Misery.


Placed between two spades: Certain, short and not dangerous disease.

Near the Nine of Spades: Violent death of a friend. – Madness. – The other card touching the Eight of Spades is null; it does not speak

Between any two face cards: Adversity.

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Eight of SpadesUpright.  

This card is ordinarily of bad import, as its primary signification is sickness, although it is more generally interpreted as bad news. This is its acceptation when preceded by the knave of spades or the knave of diamonds, or when accompanied by the ace of diamonds, and sometimes by the eight of hearts, reversed.

When this card signifies sickness, its synonyms are:

Illness of the body, soul or mind; bad condition of health or of business; derangement; infirmity; epidemic; gangrene; agony; displeasure; damage; mishap; accidental injury; disaster; indisposition; head-ache; heart-ache; inquietude; melancholy; medicine; remedy; charlatan; empiric; physician; quack; languor.

Sometimes, however, this card is employed to designate prudence, whence we have as secondary significations:

Wisdom; reserve; circumspection; reticence; discernment; foresight; presentiment; prediction; divination;

prophecy; horoscope; second sight; clairvoyance.

Eight of SpadesReversed.   Unlike other cards, the reversal of this one brings with it a modification of its primary significations. Hence, when coming out reversed, it most generally signifies ambition, a passion for which we have synonyms as follows:

Desire; wish for; search after; cupidity; jealousy; aspiration; onward; higher; illusion; pride.

Another primary signification bestowed upon this card when emerging reversed, is that of a nun or pious woman, whence we derive the secondary signification usually applied to this card and expressed in the synonyms:

Inaction; peace; tranquillity; repose; apathy; inertia; stagnation; rest from labor; pastime, recreation; nonchalance; free from care; idleness; supineness; lethargy; torpidity.

Eight of spades English Cartomancy meaning

Eight of Spades As Master-Card means  an Illness.

By a high influencing card of the suit, a long Illness: by a lower, a shorter one.

By a Heart an illness to Another dear to one.

By a Diamond, a Misfortune in an affair.

By a Club – an Accident.

Sibylle des Salons cartomancie meaning 8 of spades

8 of spades Card title – Illness

Approaching sickness. Sadness. Loss of money in gambling or investments.

If reversed – Minor ailments. Missed obvious opportunity. Poor judgement.

Eight of Swords meaning tarot


A woman, bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her. Yet it is rather a card of temporary durance than of irretrievable bondage.

Divinatory Meanings: Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness.

Reversed: Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; what is unforeseen; fatality.

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Eight of Spades meaning in a card spread. Try the original Cardarium readings.

8 of spades meaning

Cartomancy is never based on the interpretation of a single card. It is the interplay of the cards that creates the most interesting insights.

Go ahead and try the card reading below.

If you get the 8 of spades on the first go – that’s a sign of good luck. The Fortune  will smile gently and generously upon You.

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