Eight of Swords Tarot Card Meaning and Art Waite Smith Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present. I made a digitally retouched and painted version of this deck, which I call the "Vivid Waite Smith Tarot Deck". The cards from that deck, as well as a modern English translation of the romantic English descriptions by Arthur Edward Waite (as appear on the Waite Smith Tarot deck) appear in a cross-referenced format in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot: In Vivid Color"
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
DescriptionA 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.
Meaning of Eight of Swords from the Waite Smith Tarot Deck
Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness.
Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; what is unforeseen; 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.