The eight of wands is one of my favorites. It implies forward movement and action — the directionality of the wads if forceful, bold, and obvious. As a card of the suit of fire, the impulse to do, be, and create with this card is very overt.
The wands themselves are juxtaposed with the peaceful river scene, which symbolizes deep breath and balance. One cannot be all demanding action, there must be yin to the yang for the task to be accomplished in the most fruitful way.
The expended energy should be focused and not spent furiously, aimlessly. Inherent in this card is the pause before the action, the need to organize, to be in formation, before action.
In addition, I feel that there are a lot of the same questions in this card that are in the three of pentacles, my card from yesterday. What am I creating? Where is my energy going? To sit with this card is to examine where we are on track versus where we are missing the mark and to purposefully chose our next step forward.
My card progression over the last five days is: five of wands, the World, the Hermit, three of pentacles, eight of wands. Cycles, balance, depth, breath. Bringing what is inside my mind, what is craving space, outward. Making my outer world in alignment with my inner world. Playing, flowing, being. There is less emphasis on overt action and more of a call for stasis, which is appropriate as we transition into 2019, a Hanged Man/Empress year, a year I’ve chosen as a “depth” year, a year my partner and I have agreed to enjoy slowly together, as a family, as we put down roots in our new home.
I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.