The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Tarot of The Old Path-Eight of Rods & The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands-Swiftness

western hermetic qabalah, tantra, alchemical, astrological, and numerical Tarot Card Comparison.

· Old Path Tarot

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The Eight Rods of the Tarot of the Old Path and the Thoth Deck Tarot 8 of Wands, Swiftness, both illustrated swift energy.

The Tarot of the Old Path card illustrates a woman dressed in the Colors of Fire, which is the element of this card. She is launching rods shaped like witches' besoms into the sky while she is holding the last one.

As she gazes, smiling upward, distant swallows -called "swifts"-dart about in the air. The Swallow, in the language of animals, is a sacred bird attributed to the Egyptian Goddess- Isis and souls.

In the language of plants, the Poplar tree represents the Tree of Life and is shown in the misty background. Since they are behind the misty water, the poplar tree also suggests lives and places to be experienced in the future.

The primary meaning of this card is swift travel to new surroundings, by air.

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To reiterate the Qabalah of the Thoth Tarot: The 8th Sephiroth, Hod, is called Splendor and therefore, all language relates to Hod. All 8's are attributed to Hod, that as the messenger Mercury, is the patron of Names and vesicles.

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The Thoth-8 of Wands, Swiftness, is often called, The Lord of Swiftness and is Mercury in Sagittarius. The Angels of the Decan are Nithahiah and Haayah. The 8 of Wands, is Hod in Aziluth, the influence of Splendor in the World of Pure Spirit.

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The placement of Mercury in Sagittarius mitigates and diffuses into a rapid expansion the energy of Mercury. Thus, the energy of Mercury in the Sign of the Archer is shown as electric arrows, going in multiple directions, both above and below.

This illustration expounds on the meaning of swiftness and rapidity. A lot of energy, going nowhere and everywhere all at once.

However, these electric arrows of energy sustain and constitute the Material World, representing the subtitling of the Fiery Father, bringing down from Chokmah (wisdom), the message of the Original Will.

The 8 of Wands illustrates the geometrical pattern of the restored Universe (constantly restored by this Electric Fire). The rainbow above 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, electric energy, because of the principles of Hod, (making concrete that which is subjective), has created intelligible geometrical form.

When the 8/Eight of Wands/Rods-Swiftness, is thrown during a reading:

  • It implies haste, swift acceleration meaning that the querent's ideas will 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.
  • Travel by air.
  • A quick response.


  • Cancellation of a journey due to argument.
  • Quarreling.
  • Dispute.
  • Inactivity.
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