Your Chosen Card – Eight of Wands Reversed Salem Deck
When reversed, the Eight of Wands warns that ‘haste makes waste.’ You may be moving too quickly in a risky or uncontrolled fashion. Alternatively you may be plagued by doubts and hesitation and thus unable to proceed at a proper pace. Be sure to consider the potential consequences of your actions before rushing ahead impulsively. Is it wise to be in such a hurry to get things done? Travel plans may be disrupted or delayed. A love affair may take an unexpected turn.
Keywords Reversed: Doubt, hesitation, travel difficulties, a disrupted flight, delayed messages, haste makes waste, precipitous action, taking unnecessary risks, feeling up in the air, uncontrolled acceleration, the stings of conscience.
Timing: 0 Sagittarius10 Sagittarius. Tropical, 23 November2 December. Sidereal, 16 December24 December.
Astrology: Quick and clever Mercury (debilitated) in the first decan of fiery Sagittarius, realm of the Knight of Wands (Fire of Fire) and Temperance (Sagittarius). Mercury is linked to the Magician.
Number Symbolism: 8 – movement, action, power, determination.
Etteilla: Countryside, rural life, landed property, farm, garden, tranquility, sport, festivities, merrymaking; (R) uncertainty, doubt, remorse, repentance, argument, inner agitation.
When Eight of Wands is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Eight of Wands is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Eight of Wands is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Eight of Wands using cards from the Salem Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Portable Magic: Since the identities of the trumps reside in the images they bear, and these images vary from deck to deck, it follows that the essential natures of the trumps will vary depending on which deck is used. For example, differences in symbolism on the trump the Star between the traditional Marseilles deck and the modern Thoth deck change the very identity of that trump. Over the centuries, a general and somewhat vague consensus has developed as to what symbolism should appear on the trumps, so that they may be recognized, but modern Tarot designers often depart from the traditional images of the trumps in radical ways.
Reversed Cards: Whats stopping you from living your life full of purpose, passion, and power? Its okay if you cant answer that question right off the cuff. It really is a difficult question to answer. If you have the Eight of Wands in the mirror aspect, this is a question you need to sit and meditate on. These eight wands are full of power, passion, and purpose, yet they arent headed in the direction they should be. In fact, in the mirror aspect, they are headed back to the sender. What do you think will happen if you allow your desires to fly out into the world? Perhaps this question is easier to answer, for it is in answering this that you will find the real reason you are not living your life the way you truly want to.
Tarot for Beginners: Reversed, however, this card may actually be advising you to challenge the status quo, at least in your personal belief system. Beware of the influence of an oppressive, older person who wants you to do things their way regardless of your actual circumstances.
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Reversed Cards: We first met the sixes in the Lovers card. It is there that we got a glimpse of the challenges and positive attributes of the number six. Here in the minor arcana, we see how those traits play out in everyday life. Our commitment to ourselves and others will be tested, rewarded, and challenged on a much more practical and daily way. Whether we get stuck, find ourselves needing to move, or allowing ourselves some success will depend on how the sixes show up on your cards. Relationships are part of our expansion: they test us and ground us. Here in the sixes, we see just how much.