The 8 of Wands-Swiftness, is attributed to Sagittarius (thus the arrow heads on the electric bolts of energy) and is ruled by Mercury--the swift messenger. Because of this energetic union we now have the Fiery Energy bringing down the Tree of Life, the original Will of Chokma (Wisdom). As if this wasn't enough, this card also refers to Hod (8th Sephira)-Splendor, in the suit of Fire whence it refers to the dynamic phenomena of speech, visible light, and electricity.
The illustration of electric rays vibrating, implies the vibration that constitutes Matter. The rainbow above implies the division of pure light into the color spectrum, each ray a frequency of "living light" which is a vibration that stimulates Material into life motion. This rainbow also illustrates the interplay and correlation that constructs "all things". You may have heard this from readers that you have a primary color as a "Life Ray" or your Primary Ray of vibration. Colors are themselves the manifestation of Force.
This card represents a manifestation of energy in a state of high velocity. The flames have become electric rays and have created an intelligible geometrical form (Matter). The 8 of Wands symbolizes the One energy that is moving the Universal expansion at an incredible speed.
When this card is thrown during a reading, it represents; Swiftness, a hasty communication such as letters, or messages. It can also imply too much force applied too suddenly, like a powerful surge of Kundalini (Primeval Serpent Force) moving up the spine before the person is ready for it. As many of us know this can cause a major disaster to the persona.
This is a card of the, very rapid rush, but often too quickly passed and expended...like a brief orgasm. We are looking at the image of violent energy that is not lasting. Rapidity, courage, boldness, confidence, freedom and even warfare. This person likes the violent expression of energy such as sports. Yet this card can also mean love of open air (no restrictions), gardens, meadows. We may characterize this person as generous, subtle, eloquent, yet somewhat untrustworthy...most often because the are into rapid change as well.
When ill dignified by the accompanying cards, rapacious, insolent, oppressive. Theft and robbery. Whatever the interpretation, this card says, "This is as fast as it gets".
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