The Eight of Swords card portrays a woman who has been made blindfolded and has been tied up. The woman stands on a watery barren land. She has been isolated from company. A town can be seen at a distance, but the woman does not seem to have any clue about it for she cannot see what is around her. The woman’s feet do not come in contact with the water which indicates that the woman assesses the situation from an intellectual viewpoint, but not an emotional one. There are eight swords around the woman that seem to encircle her in a kind of enclosure. However, the path in front of her seems to be clear and open. But the woman is unaware of this route to escape. It indicates that although there is a way of getting away from the difficult situation the closed vision hampers the woman from doing so. The grey and cloudy sky forms a backdrop that also speaks of despair and disdain.

Upright Position: The card exudes a general idea of being trapped. However, the bondage is due to one’s own thoughts and perspectives. There is perhaps a fear of insecurity, but that is probably self imposed. The person’s mind is so clouded with worries that she/he does not seem to reach out to the way out if the troublesome situation. Traditionally the card may represent misjudgment, accident, conflict, illness or some crisis.

Reversed Position: Reversed, the card does not imply a totally opposite situation. However, some success may be achieved through persistence and creativity. It may also indicate overcoming some past misfortune or breaking free from some problems.

Tarot Horoscope Tarot Card Decks Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana
Chariot Death Devil
Emperor Empress Fool
Hanged Man Hermit Judgment
Justice Lover(s) Bateleur (‘Magician’)
Moon Pope (‘Hierophant’) Popess (‘High Priestess’)
Star Strength Sun
Temperance Maison Dieu (‘Tower’) Wheel of Fortune

Minor Arcana
Ace of Coins Ace of Cups Ace of Swords
Ace of Batons Eight Coins Eight Cups
Eight Swords Eight Batons Five Coins
Five Cups Five Swords Five Batons
Four Coins Four Cups Four Swords
Four Batons King of Coins King of Cups
King of Swords King of Batons Knight of Coins
Knight of Cups Knight of Swords Knight of Batons
Nine Coins Nine Cups Nine Swords
Nine Batons Queen of Coins Queen of Cups
Queen of Swords Queen of Batons Seven Coins
Seven Cups Seven Swords Seven Batons
Six Coins Six Cups Six Swords
Six Batons Ten Coins Ten Cups
Ten Swords Ten Batons Three Coins
Three Cups Three Swords Three Batons
Two Coins Two Cups Two Swords
Two Batons Valet of Coins Valet of Cups
Valet of Swords Valet of Batons