Eight of Wands

Written by Jacob. Published on October 15th, 2011 at 00:08.

Eight of Wands Rider Waite Tarot

Eight of Wands Artwork Description

“The card represents motion through the immovable — a flight of wands through an open country.” 1

Eight of Wands Associations

  • Eight: Momentum (inertia), progress, continuity; Focus. Infinity. Self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Element: Fire.
  • Timing: Summer; hasty; immediate/fast-paced.
  • Direction: South/ubiquitous; spontaneous.
  • Keywords: Passion, personal driving force; the arts, creative-source, hobbies; career/ambitions; personality/ego; travel, trade, and commerce.

Eight of Wands Basic Meaning

The Eight of Wands is about activity and being on the move. It has everything to do with haste, speed, and progression. Because of its relation to speed, this card is often related to travel. Also, messages and the transferring of thought (communication). This card is less about improving your ‘enterprise’, as it is about expanding it and moving forward with (assumed) great ease.

Additional Interpretations

“Messages; communications; Internet surfing and business; e-mails; phone calls; faxes; long-distance travel; hasty action; letters of love and passion; action and excitement; forward pursuit of one’s goals; much can be accomplished if you think before you act.” 2

“Eight wands cut across the sky. When we finally put to use our human intellect to manage our energy, we find that we can really speed things up. This isn’t about ‘taming’ the energy, but rather avoiding waste and making the best use of it. This is our example of banking the fire so that we have more heat and light.

Another example would be knowing when to speed up on a highway and when to slow down. If we speed all the time, we may spin out of control on curves and crash. This way we not only get where we’re going but often get there faster than those moving at top speed.

This card predicts fast developments, fast travel, things happening quickly and competently. Nothing wasted. Whatever is going on, the querent won’t need to worry about it being on time, it should arrive early. Things will get done quickly and will develop in a speedy manner with energy to spare. This will be, in part, because they understand how their energy works, and how to limit it so as to get the most out of it.” 3

“Meaning: Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity, swiftness, as that of an express messenger; great haste, great hope, speed towards an end which promises happiness; generally, that which is on the move; also the arrows of love. Domestic disputes for a married person.

Reversed: Arrows of jealousy, internal dispute, stingings of conscience, quarrels.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

October 13-14, 2011
I dreamt of a dog who was eating a whole lot of geese and possibly small animals. Eventually this rampaging dog was stopped, killed, and torn open. It was revealed that this was a robot disguised as a dog—not only that but, it was a robot from outer-space, sent here to collect earth-form tissues indiscreetly. The robot dog’s stomach was filled with flesh and raw meat from all of the things it had killed.