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Eight of Swords Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

Eight of Swords

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

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.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

swords-8, eight-of-swords, eight, swords

Description

A 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 Deck

Upright

Bad news, terror, crisis, rebuke, powerful obstacles, conflict, slander; also sickness.

Reversed

Anxiety, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; surprises; fatality.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Enemy only partially successful.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Upright

For a woman, scandal spread in her respect.

Reversed

Departure of a relative.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Social position. Constant love. Unimportant position. Bad companions.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Sickness, Calumny, Criticism, Blame

Reversed

Treachery in the Past, Event, Accident, Remarkable Incident.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Coming illness

Reversed

an engagement cancelled or a rejected proposal, dissipation.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

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.

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