Your Chosen Card – Eight of Wands Upright Salem Deck
When upright, the Eight of Wands signifies swiftness in thought and deed. You are able to progress rapidly in a controlled and thoughtful manner. Your enthusiasm and confidence propel you forward. Your quick thinking and readiness to act decisively augur success in your endeavors. Messages and information pass quickly to and fro. This is one of the ‘travel’ cards of the tarot, suggesting that a journey or plane flight may be in the offing. Time spent in the countryside can be pleasant and refreshing. The flying wands on this card also symbolize Cupids arrows and may mean being smitten by love.
Keywords Upright: Swiftness, great haste, rapid progress, controlled acceleration, sport, enthusiasm, speeding toward a goal, the end of delay, confidence, quick thinking, rapid transfer of information, inspirational ideas, news from afar, an express messenger, contact with foreigners or people at a distance, Cupids arrow, love letters, flight, travel by air, rapid transit, a visit to the countryside.
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 Prince of Wands (Fire of Fire) and Temperance (Sagittarius). Mercury is linked to the Magician.
Number Symbolism: 8 – movement, action, power, determination.
Crowley/Thoth: Swiftness, speed, high velocity, rapid thought, hasty communication.
When Eight of Wands is upright 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 upright 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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Elements of the Psychic World: Below are some traditional interpretations of the Major Arcana, based on the Rider Waite pack. These are by no means the only set of meanings that exist for the tarot. Different traditions are followed in different countries and even between different decks, and it is universally agreed that by far the best interpretation you can give a tarot card is the one you feel and sense yourself in response to the image on the card.
Reversed Cards: Unlike in the blocked aspect of this card, in which you are choosing not to take action, in the protected aspect of the Eight of Wands, the universe is stepping in to deny your forward movement. More than likely if this card has shown up in the protection aspect, you dont have things perfectly aligned for the result you wish to create. This might be needing to find a new direction, getting yourself out of the way, or correcting your inner game. Either way, the universe has sidelined you for a reason. Surrender and let it take care of the things that for now you are unable to do yourself.
Complete Book of Tarot: In my late teens, I started reading Freud and Jung and became fascinated with dream symbols and psychological archetypes. My study of the celestial science resonated with what these two great psychologists had to say. In my own experience, Jungs writings made sense regarding the contents of the collective unconscious. The same images that populated mythology, religion, and world literature cropped up in astrology and tarot. The symbolism shared by psychology, psychoanalysis, and astrology held my attention throughout my studies.
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Complete Book of Tarot: The evil kitty myth: keep the cards away from cats because felines act as a drain on psychic ability.