Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.
Loren Lundgren, © 2021
DescriptionA woman stands bound and blindfolded, with the swords of the card around her. It is a card of temporary imprisonment rather than permanent bondage.
Meaning of Eight of Swords from the Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Bad news, terror, crisis, rebuke, powerful obstacles, conflict, slander; also sickness.
Anxiety, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; surprises; fatality.
According to Many Schools of Thought
Enemy only partially successful.
For a woman, scandal spread in her respect.
Departure of a relative.
Social position. Constant love. Unimportant position. Bad companions.
Sickness, Calumny, Criticism, Blame
Treachery in the Past, Event, Accident, Remarkable Incident.
an engagement cancelled or a rejected proposal, dissipation.
the goal which you strive to reach is very near; an event may happen at any moment which will lead you to it at once.