The 8 of Wands shows good fortune, forward movement and a rapid course of events. It indicates a situation progressed enough that it's going to play out for good or for ill. It already has considerable momentum, and the outcome will be known almost immediately.
This is the only card in the Minor Arcana series that 'doesn't show people (or parts of people, in the case of the Aces).
Eight slender tree branches fly through a blue sky. Depending on your perspective, they could be taking off or landing. As in all the Wands cards, green shoots sprout from the tip and sides. A river surrounded by green fields and trees is in the background; there is a castle on a hill in the far distance.
Yes/No upright: Yes
Yes/No reversed: No
Amplified by: Temperance
Amplifier for: Temperance
Zodiac/Element: Mercury in Sagittarius
Dates: 23 November to 2 December
Traditional name: Swiftness
Traditional meaning: Upright: Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity, swiftness, as that of an express messenger; great haste, great hope, speed towards an end which promises assured felicity; generally, that which is on the move; also the arrows of love. Reversed: Arrows of jealousy, internal dispute, stingings of conscience, quarrels; and domestic disputes for persons who are married.
TarotCraft Upright Meaning
Generally, we would say that these Wands are coming in for a landing. Depending on your perspective and the surrounding cards, the Wands could be either taking off OR landing. When using a layout, check to see which cards the Wands are pointing to or moving away from.
This card generally shows good fortune, forward movement and a rapid course of events. It indicates a situation progressed enough that it's going to play out for good or for ill. It already has considerable momentum, and the outcome will be known almost immediately.
With other cards such as The World or the 3 of Wands, it can show travel. Accompanied by a Page, it can indicate a message or information about to be received. The suite of the Page will reveal the nature of the message.
TarotCraft Reversed Meaning
When reversed or in a spread with negatively aspected cards, expect delays and problems. You may have launched too soon or pushed for something to be finalised before it's time, causing a setback.
TarotCraft Gift, Invitation, and Challenge
The Gift of the 8 of Wands is clarity and discernment. Trust yourself to choose the right path from the opportunities before you.
The Invitation of the 8 of Wands is to move forward quickly and with confidence. There is no time to lose!
The Challenge of the 8 of Wands is the discernment to know the right time to make your move. Too soon, and you will fall short of the target. Too late, and the target will have moved.
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