Eight of Wands Tarot Card
The Tarot Suit of Wands
The Tarot Suit of Wands is associated with the suit of Clubs in standard playing cards. The tarot suit of wands is also known by other names, such as staffs or as staves in some decks.
There are meanings associated with each of the suits in a tarot deck, as well as the more specific interpretations associated with each individual card - and yet more precise meanings pertaining to particular cards in particular locations within spreads. The suit of wands is associated with the element of fire. It is also associated with the season of summer, i.e. of the sun, which is a 'fire', and with the direction South.
The suit of wands may be thought of as concerning personal growth and the expression of our 'inner fire', through work, intellect, or creativity.
The Eights in the tarot deck are often associated with strength. ('Strength' is Card No.8 in the Major Arcana). Some situations require courage and the cards numbered 8 in the Minor Arcana concern taking the necessary action even if it is difficult to do so.
The 8 of Wands is often associated with travel. It is sometimes described as representing unrestricted freedom. This freedom is not just in terms of what we do or where we go, but also freedom of mind - perhaps even wild imagination.
The 8 of Wands tarot card is often visually simple, using less symbolic imagery than some of the other cards in the tarot deck. This may make the card more difficult to read because there are fewer possible prompts for the reader to relate to so it is especially important for tarot readers to be familiar with as many as possible of the interpretions of this dynamic card.
Keywords and phrases for some of the many possible meanings of the 8 of Wands Tarot Card include:
- Arrows of love (in the context of romance)
- Speed in the sense of hasty decisions that might be regretted later
- Progress towards a goal
- Swift action
- Too rapid a pace, risking instability
- 'Out of this world', the notion of arrows or rockets being fired through outer-space
What about the Eight of Wands Reversed ?
Some interpretations of the meaning of the 8 of Wands reversed include:
- Delay, or alternatively excessive speed
- Travel chaos, unpredictable disruption to plans
- Caution against forcing issues unnecessarily e.g. pressuring people for decisions that are not really urgent