Astrologically this card is Sun in Virgo, the planetary aspect here is a very practice one that tends to cause concern with small details.
Qabalistically, 8 of Disks (8 of Pentacles in other decks) is Hod (splendor) in Assiah (the material world). Prudence in the Material world is no great virtue, for this is the tendency to focus only on the small details while ignoring the bigger picture.
The Divination meaning of this card is, skill, prudence, and over carefulness about small things, at the expense of the great.
However on the positive note, the 8 of Disks also shows the abilities to work steadfastly on new projects, and proceeding to others later on. Often this is called the Master's Craft card, since it is about focused will, skill with energy and material matters and is the kind of focused state needed for meditations. It is about craftsmanship that thinks of the work itself rather than the goal of reward.
Again: The Thoth Deck 8 of Disks is called PRUDENCE. Disks are Pentacles or Coins, in other decks. However, since the disks represent a whirling force, Disks are 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.
The 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.
Virgo 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 lasting virtue.
The 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.
THE SHADOW TAROT, 8 of Worm Holes and Radioactive Neutron Stars/ Aim, is the "other side of the Mirror" of the Thoth 8 of Disks/Prudence and is subtitled:
" Prudence. Small men increase in power. The shaping power of Ideals".
is the 23rd Spirit in the order that Solomon bound them. Aim is supposedly
a "Fire Demon" (..take aim and fire! Sounds like Aim is a firearm!) and yet another "Duke of Hell". The description of Aim, is that of a very hansom man (?) with three heads:
Aim (aka Aym or Haborym) is a Great Duke of Hell, very strong, and rules over twenty-six legions of demons. He sets cities, castles and great places on fire, makes men witty in all ways, and gives true answers concerning private matters.
He is depicted as a man (handsome to some sources), but with three heads, one of a serpent, the second of a man, and the third of a cat to most authors, although some say of a calf, riding a viper, and carrying in his hand a lit firebrand with which he sets the requested things on fire.
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Again, the superstitious imagination of the Christian Monks, built a Medusa image of a demon. Well, it is good propaganda, to invent enemies that only the Christian Church can defend you from, thereby making all "invisible" diseases and all elemental catastrophes, a demonic manifestation, that only the "faithful" (those who of puerile belief, without knowledge) may avoid. However, the caveat of "God Took them to his bosom", was always used when the "faithful" were the subjects of disaster, thereby side stepping the truth easily. All of this is not new to those who "have ears to hear" and eyes to see.
All these demons of "Hell", are the supposedly "fallen angels" who where cast into hell by God. Is this even close to true? Let's see:
Lucifer, is the Latin (Roman) word for "Light-Bringer", the title of the Morning Star god who announced the daily birth of the sun. This god was called Shaher, by the Canaanites. The Jewish Shaharit (morning service) still commemorates him.[Patai, 147].
Shaher's twin brother Shalem, who is the Evening Star, announced the daily death of the sun and spoke to Shaher, in The Word of Peace -Hebrew word-shalom, Arabic salaam.
Shalem was worshiped along with his brother, Shaher, in Jerusalem (which means," House of Shalem"). Shaher and Shalem were the same as the Greek Discouri or Heavenly Twins (depicted on the Thoth Sun Major Arcana), Castor and Pollux, born of Leda's World Egg. These twins were also prominent in Persian sun worship as the two torch-bearers, one with torch ascendant, the other with torch directed down.
Both Shaher and Shalem were born of the Great Mother Asherah in her world womb aspect as Helel, "the Pit".[Joyce, 439]. Canaanite myth said Shaher coveted the superior glory of the sun god and tried to usurp his throne, but was defeated and cast down from heaven like a lightning bolt.
So, Lucifer, Hell (Helel) and all, are just the myths of ancient peoples to explain the "rise and fall" of the sun. The "academy" of the day didn't know of the Earth's rotation, and needed to come up with some explanation, to keep their position as cultural leaders.[ Get the book, THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS, by Barbara G. Walker, for an in-depth essay on the Lucifer/Sun God connections. The Christian church just took the Sun God (The Myths of the Dying God) mythology and called it "Son" god.
It is time to grow out of superstitious fear of the Ancient Unconscious (invisible mind) and understand, that we are the Hermes/Aphrodite of Spiritual manifestation.
Each of us is "Electric Male" and "Magnetic" female, Lightning and Womb; Each of us Electromagnetic.
The foundation of all of our nightmares, (enemy) come from the animal-survival mind fear of death/Vulnerability/Predation. However, we both rise up and sink down, depending on our self-perspectives/identity and not by being "preyed on". So let's forget the superstitious non-science of "demons" and know the metaphysics of Self instead.
I know, that the rebellious need something to shove into the face, and thus deter those they rebel against, the "oppressors" (enemy); However, silly "demons" are not that something, Rather By Being the Best YOU that you can be, you really have something that is beyond oppression. So let us get on with the "Craft" of Being! The Great Work!
When the 8 of Disks is thrown during a reading, the querent:
The negatives would be focusing to tightly on the small details and not seeing the big picture!
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