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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-8 of Wands: Swiftness & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 8 of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands: SWIFTNESS.






Mercury in Sagittarius, rules this card, representing the stabilizing of the Fiery Creative Energy, shown as thunderbolt arrows, radiating outward from a central point. However, Sagittarius is unstable in Mercury, so the balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as arrows are shot from a bow.
Here we have the Intelligent Energy of the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down as the message of the Original Will.

The number 8, also refers to the 8th-Sephira, Hod: SPLENDOR, which is the splendor of electricity, speech and light. Thus we have the illustrated card showing  Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or even constituting the vibration-energy of physical Matter. 

Hod, the 8th Sephiroth: Splendor, is one of the Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid electromagnetic spectrum of vibratory energy and/or fluid light. This veil of fluid may be unseen to us, as we only see the Visible light spectrum, which is less than .4% of the entire electromagnetic spectrum that we call the Multi-dimensional Universe; However, being unseen to the normal eye doesn't mean it doesn't exist for it is the place of dreams. Therefore, form is created in the Astral fluids before it is seen here in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light that we call Malkuth (kingdom) or Earth.

To reiterate: The Four Eights are attributed to Hod (eighth Sepiroth--Splendor) on the Tree of Life. Since Hod is in the same plane as the Sevens (Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the sevens will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the Sevens weakness is also being applied in the Eights. One might say that the mischief has been done and there is an action against it, much like white blood cells attacking a intruder in the blood stream; not a total cure but a beginning in that direction.

The Thoth Tarot Eight of Wands is called SWIFTNESS, because it is attributed to Mercury in Sagittarius, making it Swift indeed! The 8 of Wands represents the ethereal (invisible) aspect of pure fire where all gross-material aspects are removed. Fire is no longer conjoined with ideas of combustion and incineration. Hence, in the 8 of Wands, fire is represented as energy in its most exalted state and suggest electrical current and/or pure light in its material sense. Sagittarius represents light, such as the rainbow and that is shown on the card, as well as electrical current being shown as lightning bolts, throughout the "as above so below" design of the cubed diamond.The rainbow, is depicting the restored Universe of shinning light, which deals with the maxima, and the seven  colors of the visible spectrum, which exhibit interplay and correlation.
Therefore, the Thoth 8 of Wands card also represents the high velocity energy that is the master- key of modern mathematical physics showing no flames, for they have become the electromagnetic spectrum where the fiery- electrical energy has become a intelligible form. The 8 of Wands card represents swiftness and/or rapidity;The card of high velocity energy.

Since, the Thoth card shows that light has been turned into the electrical rays that sustain and constitute matter. It is comparable to the the Hindu energy concept called Prana and/or spiritual energy.

 Being that 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. 

Therefore on the Thoth tarot card:

  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 transitional electrical form that happens when you communicate swiftly and directly.
  3. 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.

Where as, the opposite of this card is covert communication and procrastination, that form the blocks to direct and positive communication.

 Mercury is not well placed in Sagittarius, as its Forces are mitigated and quickly expended in the sign of the Archer. That is why the Thoth Deck 8 of Wands, shows the Forces of Wands in the electric arrow shape; as arrows shot from a bow, the force is quickly spent.

As stated:
This is the type of vibratory "energy"( there is only One Energy but many vibrations/frequencies) we feel when involved in Pranic (Prana is the name for the Primal Universal Life Force in Yoga) breathing exercises. This swift force will rapidly fade so it must be sent to the acceleration of ideas as part of a combined prana-yama (breathing exercise) and meditation (mental focusing exercise) in order to reap swift and lasting benefits in manifestation.

Therefore the Thoth 8 of Wands, is about  activities and energy speeding up, rapid growth and development of ideas. Fast thinking and communication not unlike being swept off of you feet or "falling in love", which is not a falling at all but rather a rapid expanding and often overwhelming flow of life force that changes mundane perspective. Being rapid, there is a caveat of caution here, for rapid motion can also create rapid error. It's best to know before you go! However, there is a certain amount of joy in discovery, as many a spontaneous personality will tell you and the journey itself can be a lot of fun; all injuries included. So it could benefit you to just leave behind expectations and assumptions and like the "Hippies" said in the 60's ,"Go with the flow!" 




Because of this energetic union ofMercury and Sagittarius,  we now have the Fiery Creative Energy bringing down the Tree of Life, the original Will of Chokma ( 2nd Sephiroth-Wisdom). As if this wasn't enough, this card also refers to Hod (8th Sephira)-Splendor, in the suit of Fire and therefore it refers to the dynamic phenomena of speech, visible light, and electricity.


The illustration of electric rays vibrating, on the Thoth 8 of Wands, implies the vibration that constitutes Matter. The rainbow above implies the division of pure light into the color spectrum, each ray a frequency of "living light" which is a microwave vibration that stimulates Material into life motion. This rainbow also illustrates the interplay and correlation that constructs "all things". You may have heard this from readers that you have a primary color as a "Life Ray" or your Primary Ray of vibration. Colors, in this case, are themselves the manifestation of Force rather than a reflection of light.
The Thoth 8 of Wands card represents a manifestation of energy in a state of high velocity. The flames have become electric rays and have created an intelligible geometrical form (Matter). The 8 of Wands symbolizes the One energy that is moving the Universal expansion at an incredible speed.

The B.O.T.A.  Tarot-8 of Wands, illustrates 8 wands, in the colors of fire, pointing the dark crystal of matter towards one center. Implying this is the Original Will of the One who is represented as the clear and pure crystals that are pointed upward.  Here it is suggested that light to evolve into Sensual/Material/Being, is the Will of the Divine creative.

Also, the pattern of the wands are displayed in a wheel of eight Sephira, just as is the electric arrows of the Thoth Card.



When this card is thrown during a reading, it represents; 
  • Swiftness, a hasty communication such as letters, or messages.  
  • It can also imply too much force applied too suddenly, like a powerful surge of Kundalini (Primeval Serpent Force) moving up the spine before the person is ready for it. As many of us know this can cause a major disaster to the persona.
  • This is a card of the, very rapid rush, but often too quickly passed and expended...like a brief orgasm.
  • We are looking at the image of violent energy that is not lasting.
  •  Rapidity, courage, boldness, confidence, freedom and even warfare. 
  • This person likes the violent expression of energy such as sports. 
  • Yet this card can also mean love of open air (no restrictions), gardens, meadows. 
  • We may characterize this person as generous, subtle, eloquent, yet somewhat untrustworthy...most often because the are into rapid change as well.
  • That in the next 8 day's, 8wks or 8 months (rapidity is relevant) your going to experience a rapid acceleration of  activity in your undertakings.
  • This card marks the end of a period of delay.
  • Exciting times are ahead!
  •  Some people who insist on comfortable, laid back motion, may find this to be a kind of curse; like the much paraphrased Chinese curse of ," may you lead an exciting life!
  • However, this card tends to mean rapid progress toward a felicitous goal and the arrows of love---you know, the ones that Cupid shoots into your heart.
  • 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, may also symbolize 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).

When ill dignified by the accompanying cards,
  • Rapacious, insolent, oppressive.
  • Theft and robbery.
  • Whatever the interpretation, this card says, "This is as fast as it gets".

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