Tarot: 8 of Wands

The Search For Truth And Enjoyment, Passion, Student of the Magical Arts

The 8 of Wands speaks of passion, especially passionate learning, and especially passionate learning of things that are hidden or mysterious.

This could imply a passion for art, an inclination toward the intuitive arts, or a search for truth which will make your life more comfortable or enjoyable.

Somehow, a secret message is involved. This message might show up quickly or sharply, and may have something to do with the inner self, or something private, or sex.

If this all sounds rather mysterious, that’s because mysticism characterizes the 8 of Wands.

If the card is upright, you can expect enjoyment, pleasure, having fun, and bliss. If reversed, there might be some internal struggles or difficulties getting there.

This card is also conducive to life on or at the sea.

8 of Wands by Paulina Tarot, Shadowscapes, Linestrider Tarot Project, and Stella's Tarot, intuitivefish.com
8 of Wands by Paulina Tarot, Shadowscapes, Linestrider Tarot Project, and Stella’s Tarot, intuitivefish.com

When The 8 of Wands Shows Up In A Reading

Health and Body Image: Find your inner bliss and watch all kinds of health issues naturally resolve on their own. You might need to do some searching, especially soul-searching. Or there may be a medical exam in which you can likely expect a speedy message with news that leads to hope or joy.

Occupation and Finances: The 8 of Wands might indicate a private interview or exam. Have your quick-witted or sharp responses on the ready, as well as answers to unspoken questions. You might receive a prompt message of hope or promise leading to bliss. This card is also a good omen of success for an artistic occupation, especially writing poetry, painting, sculpturing, or interior decorating. It’s also a sign of enjoyment in the intuitive, magical arts, or any occupation that involves investigation, especially research into hidden or secret knowledge.

Relationships: Sex, pleasure, BDSM or just having fun and enjoying life with your partner are all indicated by the 8 of Wands. You can expect good times and lots of laughter or entertainment in a particular relationship or a secret rendezvous. Feel free to relax and have fun.

Hidden Meaning: There is a secret knowledge which is more along the lines of common sense, yet it isn’t so common. And it’s difficult for many to accept. This hidden wisdom tells us that our life doesn’t have to remain subjected to fate. When we become aware of our innate power, we become capable of making our life a heaven or a hell. Even then, it’s possible to love it all. Ultimately, we’re not in control but we can learn to enjoy the ride.

8 of Wands from Crystal Visions
8 of Wands from Crystal Visions

Reversed: Reversed, the 8 of Wands refers to uncertainty, distrust, suspicion, apprehension or doubt causing someone to use their sharp wit to be critical, or create a domestic dispute. Seek good old-fashioned repentance to resolve conflict. Superstition or jealousy are likely indicated here. Or maybe there’s some anxiety sprouting from indecision, hesitancy or unpredictability leading to an internal struggle. The 8 of Wands reversed could also indicate bad weather.

Advice: The advice from the 8 of Wands is simple, although we like to complicate it and add all kinds of exception clauses. The message is to stop doing something that causes pain, and start channeling your passion into things that bring tranquility, pleasure or enjoyment. Become aware or conscious of how persons and things affect you, or how they make you feel. Begin moving away from what isn’t pleasant or fulfilling, and start making decisions conducive to what is. For example, if a certain food causes you to feel miserable, stop eating that food; instead, do your research and eat foods that provide stable energy, radiance and vitality. Or, search for the truth which will make your life more comfortable or enjoyable.

Astrological Association: Scorpio

Element: Air on the 8th House

When: October 23rd to November 21st, or 8 Days

Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur

Yes or No: Yes, if upright; no, if reversed

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