Eight of Swords Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck
About the Deck"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 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.