With the rods we see the figure of a man. Is he just touching ground with them? Or is he jumping out of their way?
The 8 of Wands is a card of speed and movement. When these wands journey through the skies and into a reading, life gets that little bit busier. For certain people, this will be a welcome charge forward. Some thrive on a fast-pace routine and enjoy jumping from one project or place to another. Personally, I am not at my best in hectic or pressurised situations, so this card is usually unwelcome in my own personal readings. I prefer to be prepared, but know that it is time to fasten my seat-belt and get ready to hit the ground running when this card is in play.
The 8 of Wands is generally a good omen. The arrival of the flying wands can relate to messages and opportunities. However, keep an eye on which cards sit before and after it – where are the wands coming from and where will they land?
When the 8 of Wands is joined by the 2 of Cups, we see a relationship which is moving extremely quickly. This sort of thing happens sometimes. Two people meet, begin a relationship, and within a couple of months, set their sights on moving in together. In this honeymoon-period, they appear inseparable.
In some cases, two people will slot together very well and surprise even themselves by how quickly their relationship is developing; but in some readings, these cards could be cautioning against their rushing in too quickly and not thinking things through properly. These two cards may concern living arrangements, emotional dependency, or even physical intimacy in a new relationship.
When accompanied by the 8 of Pentacles, new skills and determination pay off. This is a successful combination, since it highlights movement, travel, and opportunities brought about from a foundation of hard work and learning.
If these cards come up together in a reading, they could suggest that study and effort will bring about relocation or far-reaching-opportunities. Deadlines might become tighter, but any new courses or training offered at this time would be advisable. Since there are two ‘8’s’ in this duo, the situation it describes is intensified.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
Illustrations by Steven Bright