The Thoth Deck 8 of Disks, marks the turn of the tide, as the seven of Disks was the fullest possible establishment of matter---failure. This is simply because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which many call Entropy
. Matter proceeds from order to disorder in the Seven,
The number 8 represents Hod-Splendor, and is very advantageous, as it represents Mercury in its highest spiritual aspect, as Mercury both rules and is exalted in Virgo, which belongs to the Decan and is governed by the Sun. Thus, the Thoth Deck 8 of Disks, signifies loving intelligence applied to material matters. This especially true in engineering and agricultural matters. This can also be called the card of the Master craftsman.
As Crowley so eloquently put it. " Note that Virgo is Yod, the secret seed of Life, and also the Virgin Earth awaiting the Phallic Plough."
This may sound unseemly to some, however, the Sun is the Phallus to Earth, as the Sun ejaculates its energy to the material womb that is Earth, so Crowley's explanation makes perfect sense.
In Qabalah,Masculine force is Electric, expressive, while Feminine Force is Magnetic, receptive. Since every Sephiroth on the Tree of Life is Androgen, that is both expressive and receptive, the student often becomes confused about the gender attributed to the Sephira This confusion is easily dispersed by the understanding that the Divine Twins, as shown on the Sun card, are dancing in every state of conscious energy on the Tree of Life. The rhythm of the dance may be "more active" or "less active" , "more receptive" or "less receptive"but the motion of Force and Form is always there. To the Qabalistic Magi, God is neither male nor female, rather Hermes and Aphrodite dance as one and are called Hermaphrodite. More to research for those who dare!
To continue, the interest of the 8 of Disks, is a more common interest, as the Sun in Virgo suggests birth, fruitfulness, and supply. Thus, the Disks are arranged as flowers and fruits of a Tree, whose trunk is the "Middle Pillar" with both left hand path (female) and right hand path (male) fructification represented as eight flowers; the figure eight is also the figure of feminine form and masculine force in union, i.e. the "Twisted Circle of One who is Two". All of which reinforces the notion of birth and fruitfulness of a Great Tree whose solid roots are in fertile land.
When the Eight of Disks-Prudence, is thrown during a reading, the querent shall be or will be experiencing the fruits of their labor in the next or past, 8 weeks or 8 months. This card suggests skill, cunning, and prudence in material matters. However, there is a tendency to be "penny wise and pound foolish", which is being over-careful in small maters at the expense of the great. Thus, there is a gain of ready money in small sums, rather than the larger gain suggested in the 9. Industriousness, especially in land cultivation is also suggested by the 8. The ability to accept struggle as the means of learning and diligently applying what is learned, is also suggested by this card. In the Western culture, we are often taught that "smartness and talents" are inherited, this is a fallacy invented by the lazy, What looks like talent, is more often than not, a long struggle before accomplishment. Those who have the ability to struggle have the emotional power to accomplish anything. However, there are those who reincarnate, and bring their past diligent struggle, as talented performance in this life, but still, it was a diligent struggle "once upon a time".
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, avariciousness, mean, hoarding, and lacking in enterprise, are suggested.