EIGHT OF WANDS: SWIFTNESS
Astrologically this card is Mercury in Sagittarius. Mercury is not well placed in Sagittarius as its Forces are mitigated and quickly expended in the Sign of the Archer. That is why the Thoth Deck 8 of Wands, shows the Forces of Wands in the electric arrow shape; as arrows shot from a bow, the force is quickly spent.
When thrown, the divinatory meaning of this card is swiftness or rapidity. It is a spiritual velocity ( called so because it's effects are witnessed although the force itself is unseen.) This is a vibrating power flowing from the Primal Universal Force and often called the "decent of power".
This is the type of vibratory "energy"( there is only One Energy but many vibrations) we feel when involved in Pranic (Prana is a Primal Universal Force in Yoga) breathing exercises----it will rapidly fade so must be sent to the acceleration of ideas as part of a combined pranayama (breathing exercise) and meditation (mental focusing exercise) in order to reap swift benefits in manifestation.
The 8 of Wands, is about activities and energy speeding up, Rapid growth and development of ideas. Fast thinking and communication not unlike being swept of you feet or falling in love---which is not a falling at all but rather a rapid expanding and often overwhelming flow of life force. Being rapid, there is a caveat of caution here, for rapid motion can also create rapid error. It's best to know before you go.....! However, there is a certain amount of joy in discovery, as many a spontaneous personality will tell you and the journey itself can be a lot of fun. So it could benefit you to Just leave behind expectations and assumptions and like they said in the 60's ," Go with the flow!"
For the querent, this card means that in the next 8 day's, 8wks or 8 months (rapidity is relevant) your going to experience a rapid acceleration of activity in your undertakings. This card marks the end of a period of delay. Exciting times are ahead! Some people who insist on comfortable, laid back motion, may find this to be a kind of curse; Like the much paraphrased Chinese curse of ," may you lead an exciting life! However, this card tends to mean rapid progress toward a felicitous goal and the arrows of love---you know, the ones that Cupid shoots into your heart. Understanding the "what and where" of this card is where the well developed intuition of the card reader comes into play, as well as. a deep understanding of the influence of the surrounding cards in the layout.
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