Thoth- 8 of Wands-Swiftness
#8-I look forward with confidence to the perfect realization of the eternal Splendor of the limitless light.
Here Mercury is in the Sign/House of the Archer Sagittarius, where the element of Fire is stable and eminently comfortable. Add the fact that this is happening in the 8th Sephiroth-Hod, the Sphere of Mercury, keeps Hod's low unbalance position on the Tree of Life stable. Hod's instability doesn't even put a blemish on this fast and intense activity. This seemingly over stimulation of energy coupling, shown as electric arrows, going in multiple directions, both above and below portents too much, too fast. Therefore, this illustration expounds on the meaning of swiftness and rapidity; a lot of energy, going nowhere and everywhere all at once.
The fiery colors of this card, invoke the visual sense and concept of Fire as the element of this card, and we know that fire is the Vital Life Force, Spirit and/or Sex energy created by coupling. Sex energy is the Swift and vital energy that is used to create and achieve imaginings, goals and/or living beings. This sex energy is shown in the Thoth Deck 8 of Wands, Swiftness, as phallic electric arrows.
However, these electric arrows from above the Pyramid shape of energy sustain and constitute the Material World of the below pyramid shape (2 pyramids joined at the base), representing the subtle energy of the Fiery Father, bringing down from Chokmah (wisdom) the message of the Original Will of I Will Be. The Diamond shape is also a symbol of the Western Metaphysical axiom of "As above, so below".
The 8 of Wands illustrates the geometrical pattern of the restored Universe that is constantly restored by this Electric Fire. The rainbow above the double pyramid of the 8 of Wands, depicts the division of pure light into seven color rays of the light spectrum that exhibit interplay and correlation of the electromagnetic spectrum. We are visualizing energy of high velocity; light speed. Here light is shown as electric energy, because of the principles of Hod, (making concrete that which is subjective), has created intelligible geometrical form. Crowley states that: "This card, therefore, represents energy of high velocity, such as furnishes the master-key (e=mc²) to modern mathematics and physics."[Book of Thoth, p. 193]
Picture this, we have two overly excited people, hook on diet pills and drinking pot after pot of coffee, simultaneously expounding to each other, on the days events, sharing much information, until they both pass out from exhaustion. Upon awakening in the morning, neither one remembers much, if anything at all, about the information of the night's coffee klatch. Such is the energy depicted in the 8 of Wands Swiftness. A lot of fast moving energy going everywhere at once, and very little being accumulated in one place.
However, this could also represent one who is charging forward and expanding their horizons, in a rapid manner. Often such swift movement causes one to not observing much around them as they are often "target fixated".
Haindl Tarot-8 of Wands-Swiftness
The Haindl Tarot-8 of Wands, Swiftness, obviously keeps the Thoth title. However, there is an I-Ching Hexagram, 35, meaning "Progress" in the upper left hand corner of the card. Instead of coming down from above, this card illustrates the spears/wands, jointly pointing upward as if totally focused on spiritual developement. Red, the color of fire is added to this image, implying the rapid movement of the element out of a rent in the earth, suggesting volcanic force. Hence, the fiery impulse of energy is carrying one to a purer level of communication with the Universal Collective Unconscious.
When the 8 of Wands-Swiftness, is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Expansion,Intelectual power.
- Haste, swift acceleration meaning that the querent's ideas will very soon be in Physical existence and/or easily expressed in words.
- This indicates a high energy period in which to initiate change, as in, a fast movement for spiritual growth.
- Time to put on Mercury's winged sandals, and move rapidly along the lightning Path towards Greater Self Awareness.
- A rapid descent of power to examine the self-identity, and thus expand its perspectives.
- An expedient creating of possibilities.
- Definite progress towards a worthy goal.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Scattered energy.
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