Tarot Card Comparison: The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands: SWIFTNESS & The Barbara Walker Tarot-8 of Wands: FALL
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Tarot Card Comparison: The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands: SWIFTNESS & The Barbara Walker Tarot-8 of Wands: FALL

The Tarot of EliThe Eights of Thoth and Barbara Walker Tarot:


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 Eight of Wands is called SWIFTNESS, and it is attributed to the Planet Mercury, the winged messenger and the Astrological sign of Sagittarius, the swift centaur with a bow and arrow, making it Swift indeed!

Mercury is the planet that represents communication and Sagittarius is the astrological sign associated with swiftness and directness. 

The 8 of Wands represents the ethereal (invisible) aspect of pure fire where all gross-material aspects are removed. Hence this ethereal Fire is no longer conjoined with ideas of combustion and incineration. 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.
Because of this energetic union of Mercury and Sagittarius, we now have theFiery Energy bringing down the Tree of Life, the original Will of Chokma (Wisdom) as shown on the Illustration of the Path of the Flaming Sword and/or The Lightning Path, of the Hermetic Qabalah.

Sagittarius represents light 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 8 of Wands Tarot card represents high velocity energy.

This 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 square represents blocks or obstacles both internal or external that are in the way of direct and swift communication. These blocks are often because of our "material form", which is often not "Tuned" to the Higher Frequencies of the the Real Person. 


  • The diamond is the transitional 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.

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

 As stated: Mercury in Sagittarius, rules this card, representing the stabilizing of the Fiery 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 if it were arrows shot from a bow or as one falling off a horse.

The Barbara Walker Tarot- 8 of Wands: Fall, takes this instability, careless haste, driving energy, swiftness, and excessive speed, even further with her depiction of the myth of Pegasus, the winged horse of the Muses and Bellerophon. Pegasus, even in Hellenic myth, was a female symbol, as is the crescent moon. This flying horse was born of the blood of Medusa, who was Metis-female of Wisdom as is Chokmah/ Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
In the myth, Bellerophon fell off Pegasus as he, filled with pride and over-aspiration, stole the horse from the Nymphs of Inspiration called Pegae, and tried to ride up to heaven " as though he were an immortal". Another name for this Divine Horse of mythology, was "Moon-creature on high" ( B.W.Tarot shows crescent moon) which happened to be the magic horse that Heracles rode during his coronation as King of Elis.
Here, as Horse or Arrow, we have represented the Intelligent Energy of the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down, or "falling down", as the message of the Original Will. As all things done with haste, this energy can be used carelessly.

The number 8, also refers to the  8th Sephira, Hod, which is the Splendor-consciousness of electricity, speech and light. Thus we have the Thoth  Tarot card showing Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or even constituting the vibration-energy of physical Matter. Barbara Walker choose to show the rapid chaotic fall of the Rods of Power towards the earth, instead of electricity.

The word Splendor ( 8th Sephiroth-Hod) itself, bespeaks of superficiality, where the "wrapping is more important than the present" within it. Hence, communication tends to be swift, dazzling, pretty much value-less, and is easily forgotten. With examined response, one is able to receive the swift communication, and not transmit the communication, if at all, until it is  examined  in a discerning manner and because of this "inner examination" , remembers it.  This is not because the communication is originally "wrong", but because it is done in Pure Spiritual fire/electricity, which has no mercy, empathy or concern for another's feelings, all of which exist in the lower frequencies of "self-consciousness". As most of us know, sometimes, a communication is only accepted when one feels respected, and not insulted, a need resulting in individual peccadilloes that can block any communication.  Spirit, a direct power, doesn't respect "peccadilloes" and see's no need to clutter up communication with concern for feelings. Therefore, most Tarot Diviner's examine the Tarot cards intensely in their pattern, seeing the whole story, before they begin with each individual card. This gives them the ability to "smooth out" the information without insulting the sensibilities of the querent. 

Hod, the 8th Sephiroth:Splendor, is one of the three Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid electromagnetic spectrum of vibratory energy that is influenced by the "dream state" of the Unconscious. This astral light 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. The Unconscious is "UN" because it to is invisible; However, being unseen to the normal eye doesn't mean it doesn't exist. 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.

Shown in the central illustration of the  Thoth Tarot Card, is the back ground cube, the world of form, and the"As above, So below" dual pyramids, forming a diamond. Above these is a rainbow, 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 8 of Wands card 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 an intelligible form.  As if this wasn't enough, this card also refers to Hod (8th Sephira)-Splendor, in the suit of Fire whence it refers to the dynamic phenomena of speech, visible light, and electricity.

The Thoth illustration of electric rays vibrating, 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).  Hence,The 8 of Wands also symbolizes the One energy that is moving the Universal expansion at an incredible speed.



  • When this card is thrown during a reading, it represents; 
  • Swiftness, a hasty communication such as letters, or messages but not always well thought out. 
  • 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 "buzz". 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. 
  • A hasty communication (letter or message) within a 8 day, or 8 week period that is quickly passed or expended. 
  • This card also states that too much force is applied and expended in a very rapid rush.
  • Violence may result but short in duration.
  • The querent has a love of the open air, is courageous, bold,  and  a lover of field sports----as long as they don't last too long. 
  • We have signs of a generous, subtle, eloquent and yet a somewhat untrustworthy personality; untrustworthy because they don't stay in one place too long.
  • Rapidity , Swiftness, and  Spontaneity seem to govern motivation. Lots of energy to solve issues, if the querent acts fast on the solution.
  • 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).


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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