48. Le Huit d’Epee

The Eight of Swords from Tarocchino Arlecchino

About the Card

English Name(s)

The Eight of Swords


  • Grand Etteilla: Card Number 56
  • Petit Etteilla: Eight of Spades

Image Description

Eight curved swords form an almond shape, with four on each side. The swords have black blades with red tips, and a middle section decorated in gold with blue or green. Pink ribbons are woven through the swords at the top and the bottom. A gold plate covers each of the places where the swords cross, at the top and the bottom. The upper plate has a picture of a Harlequin in a bicorne hat. The lower plate has a picture of a Harlequin in a conical hat, waving his hands and sticking out his tongue.



Critical, critical moment, decisive instant, difficult position, delicate circumstance, crisis, examination, discussion, research, inspection, criticism, blame, censure, disapproval, condemnation, contempt, commentary, annotation, epilogue, analysis.


Incident, difficulty, complication, objection, contestation, unforeseen, unexpected, accident, fortuitous event, adventure, occurrence, destiny, fatality, bad luck, symptom, sign.