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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth- 8 of Wands-Swiftness & Gothic Tarot- VIII of Wands

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, Astrological and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

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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 Sagitarius, 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 as splendor doesn't even put a blemish on this fast  and intense activity.  This almost over stimulation of energy coupling with communication, shown as electric arrows, going in multiple directions, both above and below. 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 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 phaliic shaped electric arrows. However, these electric arrows from above the Pyramid shape of energy sustain and constitute the Material World of the below pyramid shape, 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 "As above, so below". 

 The 8 of Wands illustrates the geometrical pattern of the restored Universe (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.  Crowely 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 to 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. Alot of fast moving energy going everywhere at once, and very little being accumulated in one place.

Gothic Tarot-VIII of Wands

The Gothic Tarot- VIII of Wands, depicts one central wand surrounded by 8 golden dragons. If all 8 dragons are talking at once, there would be the same implications as the Thoth-8 of Wands-Swiftness. 

When the 8 of Wands-Swiftness, is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  • Flexibility.
  • 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.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Vehemence.
  • Hastiness.
  • Superficiality.

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