Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Eight of Wands tarot card meaning is all about speed and action. 



Eight of Wands Tarot Card Symbols

In the Rider Waite deck, a volley of eight wands fly through a cloudless sky over a still and peaceful  landscape, pointing straight to their destination.

Strangely enough in this picture that is all about speed and movement there are no living things. The scene is populated only by lifeless objects: a hill overlooking a river, a house and eight speeding wands.

The only hint of life are some tender leaves that are beginning to grow on the wands, maybe a promise of future blooming.

The tarot suit of wands is related to the element of fire that itself recalls movement and swiftness and this card seems to bring the essence of this element.




Eight of Wands Tarot Card Interpretation

Keywords: speed, action, travel


If so far, things in your life have been slow and apparently without directions, this card brings a promise of good news. Finally new roads are opening up, blocks are removed and changes are about to happen.

There is no more hesitation, the endless delays are overcome and you are free to move in your chosen direction and with a fast pace.

Events seem to suddenly move together in one direction, toward a common goal. In this combined motion there is speed and excitement but there seems to be also order and purpose.

Suddenly the house that has been on the market for too long gets sold and you can move on or, for a series of fortunate events, you meet the person you have been waiting for and a sudden, romantic affair sweeps you off your feet.

The Eight of Wands can also herald important messages that are sent and received quickly and efficiently.

Fresh opportunities present themselves and you are ready to catch them because you happen to be full of energies and you know how to direct them.

When this card appears you can expect an unforeseen change, an uprooting, a turnabout or maybe a sudden enlightenment that allows you to see what was always there but you were not ready to perceive.

The Eight of Wands represents a change of scene, fresh energy, an input of new ideas and the possibility of expansion. After a long struggle, a block subsides and you finally get results in record time.

If your question was about relationships, you may be able to meet new friends, find a new romantic interest or get involved in a swift and passionate love affair. This is a time for memorable and sudden events in love: proposals, marriages, seductions. 

Travel is also a possibility, a break from the daily routine may show things in a different light or a job opportunity abroad will open new horizons. Things and situations are moving quickly and get to their conclusion fast. Be prepared!



Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Card

Keywords: delay, wasted energy, excessive speed


The reversed meaning of this card may indicate a delay. Nothing seems to come to an end and the sought after outcome of a situation never materializes. Your plans or travels are postponed and there is no conclusion in sight.

There is a waste of energies, you seem to be running around like a headless chicken and every action seems mindless and without purpose. You have the feeling of getting nowhere fast, despite all your best efforts.

Better ask yourself if you should recognize the need of a pause instead of struggling against frustration.

Use caution in forcing issues. Interfering might upset the motion of one of the flying wands sending all the volley into chaos and off target.

Maybe excessive speed and impulsive action or miscommunication are affecting your ability to control your life. You feel overwhelmed by sudden events and need a moment of quiet and rest. In all this commotion, are you sure you don’t leave any unfinished business behind?

About relationships, there is a risk that doubts and confusion will bring irritability, arguments and jealousy.





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