The 8's of Tarot:
Four 8's are attributed to Hod (eighth Sepiroth--Splendor) on the
Tree of Life. Since Hod is in the same plane as the 7's
(Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the
sevens will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the 7's
weakness is also being applied in the 8's. 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 8 of Wands
is called SWIFTNESS, and it is attributed to Mercury in the constellation of Sagittarius,
making it Swift indeed! Here is represented the ethereal (invisible) aspect of pure
fire where all gross-material aspects are removed. Therefore, 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 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 Thoth Tarot, 8 of Wands: Swiftness:
The card of high velocity energy.
card shows that light has been turned into the electrical rays that
sustain and constitute "first 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
- The square represents blocks or obstacles both internal or external that are in the way of direct and swift communication.
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.
opposite of this card is covert communication and procrastination, that
form the blocks to direct and positive communication.
The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands: SWIFTNESS.
Taking this further into metaphysics, mercury
in Sagittarius, rules this card, representing the stabilizing of the
Fiery Energy, shown as electric-thunderbolt arrows, radiating outward from a
central point. However, Sagittarius is unstable in Mercury, much like striking a horse with a "shock stick" causing it to buck and jump. Therefore, the
balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as if its arrows are shot from the
bow of Sagittarius.Here we have the IntelligentEnergy of the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down as the message of the Original Will.
number 8, also refers to the 8th-Sephira, Hod, 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 3 Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid
electromagnetic spectrum of energetic vibration. This may be unseen to physical eyes,
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 x-rays, Gama rays, and many other manners of radiation exist, all of which are of the electromagnetic spectrum. Therefore, thought, the product of the "first matter" (electricity) is formed in the Astral fluids and/or amniotic fluids of the Unconscious, before it
is seen here in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light (thought-form) t
hat we call Malkuth (kingdom) or Earth.
Shown above the central illustration
of the Thoth Card's "As above, So below" dual pyramids, 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.
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 a intelligible form. The 8 of Wands card represents
swiftness and/or rapidity.
The 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 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 and/or excitement. So it could benefit you to just
leave behind expectations and assumptions and like they said in the 60's
," Go with the flow!" This rapid ascension is well illustrated in the Night Sun Tarot, as the Shamanic Sun Priestess, climbs out of the "underworld" using 8 serpentine wands as a stairway. Leo, the Lion representing the Sun, the source of fire, is shown as a robe worn by this priestess. The reds of her cosmetics and the card back ground also reinforce this idea of fire.
When thrown, the divinatory meaning of this card is: swiftness or rapidity. It is a spiritual velocity
( called so because it's effects are witnessed, although the force
itself is unseen.) This is a vibrating power flowing from the Primal
Universal Force and often called the "decent of power" that ascends the personal mind.
For the querent, this card means:
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
- This card marks the end of a period of delay.
- Exciting times are ahead!
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.
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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).
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