Note that her (his?) hands aren't bound; she could remove her blindfold, but she'd have to put down one of the swords to do so. Contrast this with the blindfolded figure in the
Eight of Swords, whose hands and arms are bound.
Behind her is a sea of emotions with rough, dangerous rocks.
The figure in the Eight of Swords is blinded/limited by circumstances she can't control; the person illustrated here did it to herself. She holds the key to her own healing and freedom.
The suit of Swords has more "bad news" or negative cards than any other suit. See, for instance,
the Three of Swords,
the Five of Swords,
the Eight of Swords,
the Nine of Swords,
the Ten of Swords.