Eights — Change
Skill / Revision / Power / Cumbrance
Descendants of Strength, the eights approach transformation and improvement.
Overview of the Eights
Rebirth in a sense, but more about moving along in skill level. How can you be more professional about the work you do? How can you reinvent yourself into something stronger?
“Going with the Rider-Waite deck, we’ll relate the Eights to Strength. The Eights are like the Maiden, the will and intelligence to bring our passions to heel. By doing so, the two make the lion’s energy more efficient, more powerful and lofty in purpose. The number eight is, likewise, about limitations but also about transcending them. As with Strength, having rules allow one to achieve something higher, more divine, as wild fire banked in a fireplace creates more heat and light then if it was allowed to burn as it liked. As Seven was the individual learning to stand his ground and prove his resourcefulness, eight is the individual bowing to limitations. Rather than defying them, he finds creative ways to get the most out of such rules. The hope being that not only will he learn from such restrictions, but that they will bring out the best in him.” 3
Comparing and Contrasting the Eights
The Eight of Pentacles finds transformation within the work that is produced. If you drill yourself into the ground you will find answers sitting right in front of you, and you can gain skill by practice and study. The Eight of Cups does not seek answers from what is right in front of you. Instead, the Cups goes off to foreign territory. The answer lies in a different place, whether that means leaving behind what you’ve become accustomed to or leaving behind stagnant water. The Eight of Wands is a vibrant source of energy. The Sevens taught you how to manage and control the uproar, and now you have the ability to delegate this great power. You may need to transform the way you facilitate to make it work. The Eight of Swords, of course, has the reverse perspective in this. They point out what you cannot transform, that you are bound in your cocoon unable to mutate into something greater. To push beyond the current state is up to the Querent, but transformations will always take you a step further than where you currently are.