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“Eight of Wands”
(Inverted)

8 of Wands

When I see this card, it brings about the sensation of being excited yet overwhelmed at the same time. This shows a whole slew of new ideas, new awarenesses, new insights, new thought processes, and new possibilities. On one hand, that’s an amazingly wonderful thing because it shows initiative. On the other hand, we can be so overwhelmed by all the possibilities that we are unable to actually plant any of these seeds! Too many ideas to choose from could prevent us from choosing all together, or we could try to do too much at once and burn out.

The number in this card is an 8, which is a magickal number because it encompasses the good and the bad, the light and the dark, the yin and the yang, which means we’re able to take a potentially negative experience and extract the positive values from it, or that we’re able to take an idea or thought and bring it into this reality, make it stick.

The advice I offer when I read this card for others is to try to reduce the options, narrow it down and focus on less. Don’t spread yourself so thin or try to do too much at once. Invest your energy in the ideas or projects that are most important to you and have the most chance of manifesting. Eliminate projects or ideas that are too taxing or that don’t serve a higher purpose for you at this time.

The fact that this card is inverted for me today indicates the potential for being overwhelmed, or biting off more than I can chew. My ideas or thoughts may tend to be scattered.

Let’s see what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

taking quick action
making your move
striking while the iron is hot
declaring yourself openly
putting plans into action
rushing into a new area
moving into high gear
getting caught up in change

coming to a conclusion
culminating an effort
having all elements come together
closing out an activity
experiencing a grand finale
finding a successful resolution
completing unfinished business

receiving news
getting an important message
obtaining a needed bit of information
finding the missing puzzle piece
discovering the truth
having a meaningful conversation
learning more

In the film The Ten Commandments, Moses touches his staff to water to set a plague in motion. His staff is the agent of power that initiates events. Moses’ staff reminds me of the wands on this card. They are a symbol of the onset of action and its effects. Before acting, we think, imagine, speculate, talk and dream. This is the realm of air – the sky. Then, finally, we decide to make our move. We bring our ideas down to earth and put them into action.

In readings, the Eight of Wands is often a sign that now is the time to declare yourself. All the elements are ready and will work for you as long as you don’t hesitate. The iron is hot – so strike! If events are in motion, they will proceed rapidly. You may feel caught in a whirlwind, but soon the dust will settle, and you see how your plans have fared.

The Eight of Wands also stands for the arrival of news or information. You may see or hear something important. The news could show up in a disguised form, so stay alert. Pay attention to everything that comes your way for a while.

This card also signifies endings. Sooner or later all activities run their course. The eight wands on this card not only symbolize putting events into motion, but also bringing them to a close. They appear to be ending their flight by coming down to earth. If you see the Eight of Wands in a reading, it may be time to conclude whatever you have been doing. Celebrate the past, but prepare to move on to something new.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

EIGHTS
Going with the Rider-Waite deck, we’ll relate the Eights to Strength. Eights are about moving, taking action, as Strength is a card of courage and transformation. It’s very easy to let things stay as they are inside yourself or without (though, as the Eights warn, it’s easy but damaging). It is much harder to gather up the willpower and mental strength to make a real change. A scary change. Like the Strength card, it is scary to approach that lion, but you can alter the relationship you have with it.

Eight of Wands

Eight wands cut across the sky. The power and energy of eight combined with the energy of wands makes this a card of movement and expansion. There is no fear in the Querent at all! This is the card of a person who, on seeing that lion, says, “Allow me!”, rolls up their sleeves, shoves everyone out of the way, strides up and raps the beast on the nose. “Don’t you try to push me around!” they snap.

A lot of things are going to be happening fast, and the Querent is going to revel in and handle all of them. This will likely include trips – and the Querent will want to drive or fly him/herself, likely. Fast. No need to slow down or be impatient, with this card, you can really move, change, do.

NOTES: Here again, I see that my own interpretation wasn’t exactly inaccurate, particularly considering that the card was revered, however, I can see where it would be healthy to modify by incorporating the NEED TO ACT, and the receiving of messages.

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