Eight of Disks-Prudence: The
Thoth Eight of Disks represents talent, skill, craft, learning, and practical
ideas being turned into a profitable profession.
The card itself
symbolizes the harvest tree where hard work and skill have become
fruitful and now you only need await the ripening of the harvest.
The Eight of Disks can be called the Masters card, as mastery of a skill is depicted here;
Skillful manipulation of physical material with talented fingers along
with prudent thoughts and the wisdom to coordinate both.
At the top of
this colorful card is the Sun sign and at the bottom of the harvest tree
is the astrological sign of Virgo. Virgo reminds us that by attending
to details and utilizing our organizational skills, we shall repeat the
Trust in your skills is the foundation of this harvest
rather than the need for control; only a deep abiding trust in your
skills will reap the just reward as harvest follows the ordered skill of
the prudent mind. Prudence and wisdom are qualities of patient skill ,
not pushing to make things happen nor holding back or resisting. Therefore the
coins have blossomed, the patient skill of wisdom and prudence has
prevailed and the successful harvest is shown by the protective leaves
that hold back chaos. There is no place for doubt for it is a
manifested Trust of skill.
The Thoth Deck 8 of Disks is rightly subtitled PRUDENCE. Disks are Pentacles or
Coins, in other decks. 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 of physical matter.
Eight of Disks-Prudence, is Hod in Assiah. the material World. As stated, 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 a tendency to be over-careful
about small things, at the expense of the larger.
This practice of skill, prudence and careful attention to detail, is illustrated in TheSpiral Tarot Eight of Pentacles. Depicted here, is a skilled Black Smith forging Pentacles. The image on the Spiral Tarot card also implies profitable times ahead. 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 Rulership
of the Sun in Virgo suggests birth, as well, thus the disks are arranged
in the Gemantic figure Populus, a great tree. These disks are then shown as flowers
of a Great Tree, rooted solidly in fertile lands.
When the 8 of
Disks 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.
- Is reminded that all that you have learned or are
learning will facilitate new growth in a skillful financial endeavor in
the next 8 weeks or 8 months especially if you pay attention to details.
- Is practicing 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"
- Is making intelligent choices so that the material world more
closely conforms with one's needs.
- Is involved in 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.
- Is in a financial endeavor that could involve Virgo people ( August 21 to
September 21) or harvesting a fertile relationship with important Virgo
people in your life.
- Is in a wise state of mind that
operates from a foundation of prudence, centered integration, and order rather than from chaos.
The negatives would be:
- focusing too tightly on the small details and not seeing the big picture! In other words, "not seeing the forest through the trees".
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