Who are we mistaken?
But you see, it's not me
It's not my family
In your head,
In your head they are fighting..."*
I had the most vivid dreams in this place. I was standing near the top of a hill, looking down toward the sea, when I saw her. Bound, blindfolded and almost completely surrounded by swords that were near six feet tall. A red length of sash wound around her body, shoulders to hips, beneath which she wore a tattered white gown; shredded, giving off a the definite sense of violation. Who had put her there? And why? What had she done? To whom? Terror wafted off her in waves, and I could see her shivering, not because the tides sometimes washed over her feet, around her legs, but out of pure fear.
This is a card that feels like an impossible situation. It reminds me of Temptation where a person embodies enslavement, captivity, having been ravaged, imprisoned. It speaks of danger, or believing you're in danger; of being a victim, possibly even the spoils of war.
Her innocence and purity has been shredded. The obvious ideas abound: fear, bondage, restriction, especially through inaction. Also censure, and possibly illness, difficulties, and even paralysis, like the restriction, due to indecision. In general, feeling the task ahead is simply impossible.
The blindfold represents being unable to see your way out of a situation.
Water, the element of cups, is related to emotion.
*Song for Eight Of Swords: Zombie by the Cranberries