The Thoth Deck 8 of Disks is called PRUDENCE. Disks are Pentacles or
Coins, in other decks and the 8 of Earth in the Manara deck. But Disks is an appropriate symbol, something
on which Crowley and I both agree. Disks must be stabilized by a
spinning motion, a circular rotational force, in order to hit their
mark. Even the atoms of rocks are spinning in a centrifugal manner, so
when representing the earthly powers, the spinning of the Disk, with its
internal spin best shows force and form as one presence in the
crystalline light that is the physical material.
Eight of Disks-Prudence, is Hod in Assiah. the material World. The Sun
is in Virgo and the angels of this Decan are; Akaiah and Kehethel.
is noted to be a very practical sign which tends to cause over concern
with small details.
Because this is an eight, any gain that prudence gives is soon dispersed making Prudence no great virtue.
message in divination, is that of skill, prudence, and over-carefulness
about small things, at the expense of the larger. But because Hod is
represented by Mercury and Mercury is exalted in Virgo, there is also
predilection for intelligent loving, involving material matters such as,
agriculture, artistic craftsmanship, and engineering. The Ruler ship
of the Sun in Virgo suggests birth, as well, thus the disks are arranged
in the Gemantic figure Populus. These disks are then shown as flowers
of a Great Tree, rooted solidly in fertile lands.(for further information about gemantic figures get Crowley's book, 777)
The Manara Erotic Tarot 8 of Earth, depicts a young woman displaying her skill of music by enchanting what looks to be a dancing film strip rather than an Indian cobra. Since Manara assigns skill, manual ability, commitment,dedication and a unique ability to this card the picture explains itself. The Erotic Tarot concentrates on the female aspect of the conscious energy, since She is the "Mother of all form"; form being our material world.
When the 8 of
Disks or the 8 of Earth is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is in a moment of
creative birth of 8 weeks or 8 months, requiring the practice of
physical caution, carefulness, and prudence.
- A type of physical wisdom
radiating from a inner place of balance and integration.
- Making sure
that all the bases are covered; every "t" crossed and and every "i"
- Making intelligent choices so that the material world more
closely conforms with one's needs.
- The possibility of turning a talent
or skill into a profession. Skill in work with energy and forms, such as
fingers working on a manipulative substance.
The negatives would be:
- focusing to tightly on the small details and not seeing the big picture!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!