Your Chosen Card – Eight of Wands Upright Thoth 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 Thoth 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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Complete Book of Tarot: 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.
Creative Tarot: Which is exactly what the Italian writer Italo Calvino did. He was not a specialist in the cards. He stated on more than one occasion that his interest in tarot was not scholarly, nor was he interested in learning how to read the cards skillfully. He found the people on the cards fascinating, as well as all the different interpretationsall the ways a story could be told simply by the patterns that one could create by laying out the cards randomly.
Complete Book of Tarot: Sometimes the term ‘tarot’ is applied loosely to any deck used for divination. Technically speaking, most dictionaries define tarot as a set of seventy-eight cards consisting of twenty-two trump cards, forty pip cards, and sixteen court cards. Nonetheless, several decks have appeared under the rubric of ‘tarot’ without the classical structure of the standard Marseille deck. Such decks can be considered nonstandard tarots.
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Tarot Triumphs: As explained earlier, only the twenty-two Tarot Trumps of the Major Arcana are used in this book. Any references from now on to ‘the pack’ will refer to the Triumphs, unless specifically indicated otherwise. You may wish to extend your Tarot readings later to include the four suits, but even so, working first with the Trumps will give you a good basis for this. Like many other Tarot practitioners, I prefer to just use the twenty-two Trumps. As I have found, and the Fool’s Mirror layout proves in chapter seven, it is not essential to bring in the four suits at all. The Triumphs stand as a viable set in their own right; they have an independent existence and were not generated along with the four-suit playing-card pack. The suits are based more on numerical values and court cards; their interpretation tends to be more dependent on pre-formulated attributions, which can lead to a shallower kind of divination. I am not saying that the four suits cannot be interpreted with a genuine degree of significance, but it is hard to do this without a thorough study of the meaning of number and its possibilities for interpretation. Nearly all Tarot practitioners would, in any case, agree that the Tarot Trumps have more power and weight in a reading than the cards of the suits, even when those suits are also represented as images, as in the case of the Rider-Waite pack.