The Thoth 8 of Wands is associated with the 8th Sephiroth- Hod, which is called Splendor and in matter of fact, all language relates to Hod. All 8's are attributed to Hod that as the messenger Mercury, is the patron of Names and vesicles.
The 8 of Wands, Swiftness, is often called, The Lord of Swiftness and is astrologically- 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. The placement of Mercury in Sagittarius, mitigates and diffuses into a rapid expansion the energy of Mercury. Therefore, 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.
The fiery colors invoke the concept of Fire as the element of this card, and we know that fire is the Vital Life Force, Spirit and/or Sex energy. These microwaves of energy are the Swift energy that are used to create and achieve imaginings, goals or living beings. This vital energy is shown in the Thoth Deck 8 of Wands, Swiftness, as electric arrows. However, these electricarrows of energy sustain and constitute the Material World representing the subtle energy of the Fiery Father, bringing down from the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah (wisdom), the message of the Original Will-Eheieh-meaning I Will Be.
The 8 of Wands and both illustrate 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, electric energy, because of the principles of Hod, (making concrete that which is subjective), has created intelligible geometrical form. We call that diamond form, the "As above, so below" symbol, here that diamond is suspended in the "Cube of Space".
The Tarot of The Ages- Eight of Batons, depicts a swift warrior runner, whose speed is hampered by 7 batons, while holding the 8th one in his hand as if carrying a message. Here, is another depiction of Mercury, the swift messenger. We can see that the batons are not holding this one back, as he swiftly and sure footedly negotiates the obstacles in his path. Hence, Swiftness can also be applied to this card.
The sky's the color of fire, which is the universal element of this card.
When the 8 of Wands-Swiftness, or the Eight of Batons, are thrown during a reading, it implies:
- 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.
- Swift activity.
- Sudden progress or movement.
- Hastily made decisions.
- Too rapid movement.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Thorns of dispute.
- Domestic quarrels.
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