The Witches Tarot- Eight of Wands, depicts eight blooming Hawthorne Wands, bedecked in the red ribbons that symbolize the element of Fire, are swiftly coming into view over a fertile landscape of mountains, lakes and fields of grass. The Hawthorne rod, or wand, is also associated with the element of fire. What can be insinuated by this card's art, is that of swift opportunities or creative possibilities coming back to earth. Hence, to the querent, are presented many possibilities. All one hopes for is about to become manifest, if only one can make a discerning choice amongst the excitement, activity and change of movement that is taking place. This is a card of movement as the energy of above is coming into the below, thereby, projects, once delayed, can be coming into fruition.
To reiterate: The 8th Sephiroth, Hod, is called Splendor and all language relates to Hod. All 8's are attributed to Hod when in the form of the messenger Mercury, who is the patron of Names and vesicles.
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, places the influence of Hod in Aziluth, the influence of Splendor in the World of Pure Spirit. Hence, Splendor, which means great lightness or Luster, places words as a dazzling agent and/or an illusion that blinds the eyes.
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.
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's Lust to be and/or Sex energy. Sex energy is the Swift creative and/or vital energy that is used to create and achieve imaginings, goals or living beings. This sex energy is shown in the Thoth Deck 8 of Wands, Swiftness, as electric arrows, and/or phallic. However, these electric arrows of energy sustain and constitute the Material World representing the subtle energy of the Fiery Father, bringing down from Chokmah (wisdom), the message of the Original Will (I Will Be). However, here, the energy is going in all directions, so intent hasn't yet been solidified by the querent who seems unable to decide on what to be.
The Thoth 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 7 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 of a double pyramid; a symbol for "As above, so below". Hence, the querent must set intent, so that this swift energy can be "made manifest".
When the Eight/8 of Wands- is 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.
- Energy for movement or creation being scattered by uncertainty.
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