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Thoth- 8 of Wands-Swiftness
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The Tarot Apokalypsis -8 of Wands
When everything is out-front and all creative ideas are equally respected and celebrated, pure creative combustion occurs.
The 8th Sephiroth, -Hod (splendor) represents the 8 of Wands and the planet Mercury (known as the Sphere of Mercury), in the Sign/House of Archer Sagittarius, where the element of Fire is stable and eminently comfortable. The planet Mercury keeps Hod's low unbalance position on the Tree of Life stable. Therefore, Hod's instability doesn't even put a blemish on this fast and intense activity. This over-stimulation of energy coupling of the "Above and Below", shown as electric arrows, going in multiple directions, both in the above Pyramid and the below "Reflection", portends 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. It also helps one realize that the Macrocosmic Energy (Above) is "reflected" as the Microcosm Electromagnetic Energy (Below).
The Tarot Apokalypsis- 8 of Wands
The Tarot Apokalypsis-8 of Wands also depicts multiple flaming arrows of energy being launched, one by a Pharoh (Lions are used to symbolize the Egyptian Pharoh) and the rest are guided by a Hawk that symbolizes Horus-the Sun God. Here is depicted a scattering of energy that is likened to an immensely powerful light bulb, that scatters light all about the heavens. Whereas the mind must focus energy like a laser to get things done, this card states that too many thoughts assault the self-conscious in a swiftly relentless manner keeping one from establishing subconscious intent and renders most ideas incomplete. However, it can also mean that progress has brought on a creative breakthrough of inspiration and insight, rapidly progressing towards a goal.
For the aspirant, truth seeking requires us to walk an initiatory path and listen to our revelatory dreams. This wisdom will flow through our subconscious like a muse, inspiring us directly from the Sphere of Creation. and/the Formative World.
This depiction of wands also reminds us it is time to get off our butt and go-go! It's time for action, you've got things to do, places to go, things to create, and people to see! Here you must focus your passions to achieve a goal.
Thoth- 8 of wands-swiftness
The fiery colors of the Thoth 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 and/or communication. Sexual/ vigorous/fertile energy is the Swift and vital energy that is used to create and achieve imaginings, goals and/or living beings. This sexual energy is shown in the Thoth Deck 8 of Wands, Swiftness, as phallic electric arrows. These arrows of microwaves are all coming from the center of the "as above, so below" diamond shape. That midway point of the diamond is the Soul, your identity, which is the bridge between the Greater and Lesser Universe, and it is sending information carrying energy in all directions to its Avatar, the body on earth, for a focus of communication has not been reached yet. The brain must be tuned to the proper frequency (Solar radio station) to pick up these transmissions. However, if one is tuned to the "Group Station" of their cultural indoctrination and dogma, they will not receive or can't pick out these transmissions from their mental clutter, as they are not on the Individual Spiritual Channel of I AM. That is why many people meditate and scry, to tune the brain to its proper intuitive channel of the Divine Creative and thereby, the Soul can "meditate" on them.
However, these electric arrows from above the Pyramid shape of energy also sustain and constitute the Material World of the below pyramid shape (2 pyramids, one primary, one reflected, joined at the base), representing the subtle energy of the Fiery Father, bringing down from the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokmah (wisdom) the message of the Original Will of "I Will Be". As stated, 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/electromagnetic spectrum. The rainbow above the double pyramid within the Universal Cube 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 the energy of high velocity and 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]
The One Trinity God (dess), has often been portrayed as the One Energy that cannot be created, nor destroyed, only transformed and I might say, Transmitted. That One Energy is the carrier of information., just as light is carrying this blog to your screen. Hence, One Energy=One Mind. That One Mind casts a self- reflection as our Psyche/Soul. The Universe is a Great Fractal of I AM. The Soul is the "Sun/Son (non-gender) of Goddess/God, and therefore, the reflection of "Will to Form" (3rd Sephiroth-Binah), impregnated by "Will to Force", the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah.
To get an idea of this "energy going in all directions": 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 day's 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 "mad hatter" coffee klatch. Such is the energy depicted in the 8 of Wands Swiftness. A lot of fast-moving energy going everywhere at once, and extraordinarily little being accumulated in one place. This is the difference between a light bulb and a laser. The former is scattering electromagnetic energy everywhere, making a weak light; the latter is totally focused on one point, giving it tremendous penetrating power. Therefore, the 8 of Wands often implies the need to intellectually focus so that you can get things done.
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 observe much around them as they are often "target fixated", which has its own issues.
When the 8 of Wands, is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Expansion, Intellectual 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 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, it implies:
- Scattered energy.
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