Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords

Keywords for the Eight of Swords Tarot Card

  • Self-imposed limitations
  • Imprisonment, isolation
  • Feeling immobilized by fear
  • Interference by outside forces


The Eight of Swords tarot card is about feeling trapped and helpless. When you are immobilized by fear, you must feel the fear as you take action anyway.


In the traditional RW-based deck, the Eight of Swords card shows a blindfolded and bound woman standing on a beach in the middle of eight swords. She’s fenced in with nowhere to turn. She feels as if every choice or step forward will result in pain and she is blind to any other options. In this deck, the duck is blinded with a billfold and placed inside a shape of 8 swords.  She can choose to step over the swords, but she remains in her self-imposed prison.


This card has two interpretations, both related to feeling trapped. You are either trapped by fear or by your own unhelpful actions.


Either way, you are in a self-imposed prison. You have been stuck, looping repetitive behaviors without learning the lessons you need to learn.

While there may be some interference from outside forces, it is likely all of your current problems are self-imposed.


You have been hijacked by your limiting beliefs. Although the beliefs feel real, they are holding you back. The only way to get out of this situation is to take off your blindfold and see the reality of the situation. What you believe is not true. You must change your beliefs, which will allow you to change your thoughts, words, actions, and choices. Change must happen from the inside first.

Occasionally, this card indicates legal problems or actual imprisonment.


Keywords for the Eight of Swords Reversed

  • Release, liberation
  • Escape, freedom
  • Seeing beyond your fears



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.