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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, 8 of Wands-Swiftness & The Babylonian Tarot, 8 of Wands, Swift Action

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth, 8 of Wands: Swiftness:

The card of high velocity energy.

The Thoth card shows that light has been turned into the electrical rays that sustain  and constitute matter. The 8 of Wands, represents the energy has been called Prana and/or spiritual energy.
The Astrological symbol is Mercury in Sagittarius; Mercury is the planet that represents communication and Sagittarius is the astrological sign associated with swiftness and directness. 






  1. The square represents blocks or obstacles both internal or external that are in the way of direct and swift communication
  2. The diamond is the transformational electrical  form that happens when you communicate swiftly and directly. By taking swift and direct action we can transform any obstacle into a jewel of communication; turning a negative into a positive by positive action.
Therefore, the opposite of this card is covert communication and procrastination, that forms the blocks to direct and positive communication.

[From the Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang: page 104]

"The beams of Geburah and Tiphareth meet in Hod and thence arises in Hod a brilliant pure and flashing orange tawny.  And the Sphere of its Operation is that of Kochab, the stellar light, bestowing elegance, swiftness, scientific knowledge and art, and constancy of speech, and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Mercury.  And Elohim Tzabaoth is also a God of Hosts and Armies, of Mercy and Agreement, of Praise and Honor, ruling the Universe in Wisdom and Harmony.  And its Archangel is Michael, the Prince of Splendor and of Wisdom, and the Name of its order of Angels is Beni Elohim, or Sons of the  God, who are also called the Order of Archangels."

Basically, #8 - Hod is the concrete mind and is the sphere of Mercury, thus to Hod are attributed all that is intellectual and systematized, such as the magical arts, literature, science and commerce. 

To a Qabalist, Hod, the ruling entity of the 8's, is the Sphere of Conscious energy, that I speak and write from.

The color orange, that is used to depict the Hodic electromagnetic Vibration, is also the Color of Mental ambition, passion mixed with intellect, that shows up in the human aura.

When considering Hod, we must also consider Netzach, for at the base of the Pillar of Form, beneath Binah, Hod (splendor) resides.  And at the base of the Pillar of Force, beneath Chokma, resides Netzach (Victory); both linked together by the Path of the Tower Card,key 16.

The Same balance of Force and Form that is seen in the Supernal Triangle, is seen between these Two Sephiroth.  But there is a difference, as this lower pattern of Force and Form is expressible in conceptualized forms and understood by our reasoning minds, whereas, the Supernal is so subjective that there is no object. The reason that there are no objects to examine in the Supernal, is that, Chokma, the 2nd Sephiroth, is the "idea of outpouring Force" and Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth, is "the idea of Form that restricts force", terms most subjective and displaying no object.

With the union of Hod and Netzach, we are now dealing with concepts that can immediately be understood in terms of individual Personality construction and architecture; in other words, objectively.

In the human personality the Fire of Netzach is animal intuition and the Water of Hod is the concrete personal and rational mind.

The Book of Thoth, is another name for the Tarot and is referred to Hod. To reiterate, Thoth is an Egyptian Ibis headed god, who is Hermes in Greek and Mercury in Roman mythology. Each of these are presented in cultural mythology as messengers, a patron of teaching and learning and/or the teacher of the Mysteries.  Since all language is the messenger of knowledge and a carrier of messages, words relate to Hod. Words of Power, are a Magus tool, and the well practice instrument of any practitioner of the Mysteries. The "movement with in the Motion" of words, is subjective, but that doesn't affect its power to transform the listening object!

Names and Versicle  relate to Hod, but without the fiery passion of Netzach, they are dull and empty. The effect of "feelings" in a word are obvious, either by saying "I love you" or "I hate You", with focused passion, effects our inner world. To say these same phrases with monotones of logic, makes them ineffectual, and dead.

The Inner Word is a World of Vibration that only the intense energy of Netzach can reach. So power speakers, know to bring the dynamic energy of Netzach to the environment through "living words".  Many fail at ritual, because they chant by wrote and not by the dynamics of Vital Force (Sexual/Lust energy). As Robert Wang states,"Those who approach the esoteric studies with great vitality and enthusiasm but lack the discipline of Hod are wasting their time. And those who fail to bring the intuition of Netzach to bear on the many words written about the inner sciences will quickly decide that the "Hermetic Mysteries" are pedantic and lifeless." 

The  Gnosis of  Qaballah, names many attributes of the One Energy/Self, each of which requires a different learning experience (Paths) and a need to "pronounce" the God name as a code to "enter".  Thus, the names of the system are of Hod, but the beginning of the system to properly use the words is in Netzach whose vibration encompasses the whole Tree of Life; for it is the Passion of The Divine Creative, "To Be"!



There is a reason why theHermaphrodite, is the magical image of Hod.That reason comes from the fact that form requires force in restriction, force is symbolize as Phallic, and form is symbolized as Ovum, or Womb. Thus, in Hod are the dynamic qualities of the force of Netzach, which are limited in order that they can be dealt with through our normal process of thought. We know these limits as the Form of both language and visual image. Both are comprehensible symbols agreed upon by societies for the transmission of messages. Sure, language and images are both artificial and have no intrinsic qualities of their own, they are merely carriers of idea, neutral in themselves but the "feelings" of Netzach, our inner-passion, makes them seem alive; However, this emotional relationship to words is also easily deceptive!

The symbol for Hod is not only Names and vesicles, but also the Apron, which also refers  to the Moon, as does Thoth himself, in one aspect.  Being a traditional Masonic symbol, the Apron symbolizes the builder  who is the craftsman of the Mysteries, and when worn, covers the sexual organs attributed to Yesod. Those who understand Yesod, see the extent to which the manipulation of sexual energy (Mars frequency) is the foundation of all practical work.

When in returning our consciousness to the God head or Higher Self, from its material condition, Hod becomes the primary point of conceptual transfer.  Here, in Hod, the Masters contact their chosen disciples, clothing themselves in  forms comprehensible to the human mind; presenting to the student the formal tools of the Hermetic path. The Sephiroth Netzach is the presentation point of the Orphic Path, and the Middle Pillar is the Devotional Path.

Now the initiate knows that by projecting oneself into any Sephiroth, by meditative means, immerses the student in the Qualities of that Energy Consciousness. But we use the forces of Hod, by approaching things intellectual or by just studying the Mysteries. All The Sephiroth, on the Tree of Life, are integral parts of Our Whole Self, in a constant state of dynamic activity. The Principle of Practical Qaballah is that we turn our conscious observation toward a particular aspect of ourselves, and thereby gain access to the corresponding part of the Universal Mind.

What is of note, the god Mercury is also known as the god of deceit and trickery and words are also vessels of these vices. This suggest the aspect of "adaptability" required for esoteric work which is conferred by the Hod Energy. Now the student knows that the whole Astral realm seeks to deceive but this deception is because of our perceptual vulnerability when viewing astral images. Our human minds are particularly susceptible to perceptual folly, in the alternatively bright and murky Sephiroth of Yesod.  And it is in Hod that we begin to understand the mechanisms of our perceptions.

The eights are of Hod. Therefore the eights generally show solitary success in the matter for the time being. but not leading to much result-- apart from the thing itself.

The Babylonian Tarot, 8 of Wands, Swift Action,
depicts the messenger god, Usmû , who has two faces reminiscent of the Roman god Janus.  Usmû, was the message carrier for the god of Wisdom- Ea.
In ancient Mesopotamia, a professional messenger, was known as a mar shipri, "son of the message", whose swift and reliable message delivery was essential to the security and well being of a kingdom.
Around the mar shipri's neck hung a pouch that carried the tablets of communication, between kings and regional governors. The messenger's traveled along "royal roads, dotted with military outposts about every 20 or 30 miles, to insure secure delivery.

The Babylonian Tarot Card, shows this Mesopotamian Mercury, with two faces (the meaning of Usmû, as well as the word, Shaman), one towards the Divine and one towards the recipient of divine communication. The configuration of the eight wands, represents swift communication and/or rapid movement.  The cuneiform symbol for the number 8, is shown in the upper right corner of the card.

When the 8 of Wands card is thrown:
  • It is reminder to facilitate action and direct communication within the next 8 weeks or 8 months in order to eliminate procrastination and covert communication.
  • The eight banded rainbow, symbolizes completeness in communication and action should be achieved in the next 8 weeks or 8 months and that this can only be achieved without prevarication. 
  • As things come up, the querent is advised to take swift action and directly communicate to important people in their life.This maybe especially relevant to Sagittarius in their lives (November 21 to December 21). 
  • Great speed.
  • Swiftness, rapidity, movement.
  • New, communication and travel.
The ill definition of the 8 of Wands would be that swift energy dissipates two quickly to be effective.
  • Wasted energy in jealously and quarrels.
 
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