Mercury in Sagittarius, rules the Thoth- 8 of Wands-SWIFTNESS-card. Mercury being masculine force is, the stabilizing planet of the Fiery Energy, shown as electric Sagitrian arrows radiating outward from a central point. However, Sagittarius is unstable when under the influence of Mercury, so the balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as arrows are from a bow.
Here we have the Intelligent Energy of Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down as the message of the Original Will.
The number 8, also refers to the 8th Sephiroth, Hod, which is the Splendor of electricity, speech and light. Hod also represents the individual mind and bright reason. Thus we have the illustrated card showing Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or even constituting the vibrational energy of physical Matter.
Hod is one of the Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid electromagnetic spectrum of vibratory energy. This may be unseen to us, as our bodies only see the visible light spectrum which is less than .4% of the entire electromagnetic light spectrum. Therefore, Form is created in the Astral light-fluids, by the individual mind in Yesod (Foundation) the lower Astral Sephiroth, before it is seen here in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light that Qabalists call Malkuth (kingdom) which includes Earth. However, the whole of the Astral kingdom seeks to deceive. Not because it is bad or wrong, but because we view Astral images with the perceptual vulnerability of our own individual mind, i.e. expectation. What we expect subjects these images to the judgement of reactionary-experience rather than fact. We are particularly susceptible to deception in the alternatively bright and murky sphere of Yesod (Sub-conscious) and it is only in the Higher state of Hod, that we begin to understand our perceptions.
On the Thoth 8 of Wands, the central illustration of the "As above, So below" dual pyramids displays a rainbow above them, depicting the restored Universe of shinning light which deals with the maxima, and the seven colors of the visible spectrum exhibiting interplay and correlation.
The Thoth 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. Thus the 8 of Wands-card is all about swiftness and/or rapidity of communication.
Again theWitches Tarot- Eight of Wands card is laid out for more of a mundane reading or divination. On a blue sky and lush and calm landscape background, the Witches Tarot Card displays 8 leaf and flower sprouting hawthorn wands, as if suspended or falling. Again, the phallic force of Mercury is shown in the shape of the wands, the red ribbons represent the element of fire and the swift movement of growth and fertility is shown in the sprouting flowers and leaves.
Obviously the tradition of still holding to one's lodge oath of secrecy, is considered in this cards design.
However, the hawthorn wands swooping into view, do carry the meaning of many creative possibilites, coming into view and combining to finish a project or issue.
When the 8 of Wands is thrown during a reading, the querent shall or is experiencing:
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