Eight (VIII) of Wands

The Eight (VIII) of Wands

8 of Wands Upright


Hard Work Paying Off , Completion, Conclusion, Solutions, Results, Hitting The Target, In the Lead, Ahead of The Field, Stong Position, Wind in Your Sails, Thinking on Your Feet, Up and Away, Taking Off, Coming Together, In Common, Well Matched, Speed, Action, Movement, Activity, Haste, Hurry,  Rush, Race, Momentum, Mobilised, Momentum,  Energy, Busy, Positivity,Activity, Quick Action, Jump In, Springboard, Shoot, Move/Go Now, Charged, Strike While the Iron is Hot, Get Going, Goals Realised, Stress Free, Trouble Free Time, Freedom, Holidays, Holiday Romance, Cupid’s Arrows, Getting Carried Away/Swept off Your Feet, Infatuation, Obsessed, Travel Across Water, Exciting News, Thumbs Up, Fame,



When the Eight of Wands appears in your Reading in the Present, Near Future or Outcome Position then you best prepare yourself for your life is about to hot up and speed up.  This Fiery Eight rushes in such a belt of red-hot energy it will blow you right off your too comfy seat and set your world a spin. Your life is about to take off.  The Eight of Wands brings Speed, it brings Action, it bring Movement. Let us hope you got some good sleep and are eating well for you are going to be very busy indeed.  There won’t be a spare or dull moment as your life is going to be full of places to go, people to see and things to do. Quick action and quick decisions may be asked of you too so you will need to think on your feet and on the run.  You may feel charged up with energy and find yourself rushing around here and there organising and arranging things, meeting yourself coming back. Normally this would stress you out but when the energy of this Eight is around, you manage to remain on top of things with little stress.

The Eight of Wands can herald a period of frenzied activity with phones ringing non-stop, letters, email inbox overflowing and faxes spitting out one after another.   They are all bound to contain or carry exciting news and keep you on the go. Something really interesting must be going on to create all this mad rush.  You may have urgent deadlines to meet or have been given short notice about a course of action you have to take.  Whatever it is, has your head in a spin but this is not an un-welcome card.  The Eight of Wands often appears in a Reading after a period of restriction, set-backs, lethargy or apathy. The Eight of Wands acts like a tight coil of rubber band that is suddenly released. Ping! Bang! as it ricochets off walls in its speed to be free.  ‘At last, at last’ I hear you cry as you jump up on and down on your bed with excitement, ‘something at last is happening’.  You have been given the ‘Green Light’ to forge ahead. This Card brings a wonderful sense of Joie de Vivre. Life is surely good when the Eight of Wands is around and it will hurl you out of any rut or stale place you might be in.

Any issues or complicated situations you have been involved in are now reaching their natural conclusion or a solution has been found that is agreeable to all.  The Eight of Wands, allows you to finally draw a line under any unfinished business.  It might feel a bit like clearing your desk of any outstanding work before leaving for a two-week vacation. Clear desk, clear mind.

Partying, socialising and plain old having a great time is found aplenty in this Card. This is a time for looking good and feeling fantastic.  You may be drawn to the shops to buy a wild new wardrobe to keep up with all your invites.  You best make sure to book your hairdresser well in advance cause with this Eight shooting in, he or she is bound to be very busy too. There is a great buzz in the air for sure.

The Eight of Wands confirms that The Gods are smiling down on you and encourage your advancement. You will be able to do pretty much whatever you want without any restrictions or hold-ups.  Real progress can now be made. You have the wind in your sails now, the skies are bright and clear so steam ahead with whatever it is you are doing.  You can really see where you are going now. Your aims, dreams, goals and ambitions are on track, on target and coming in to land very soon.  Nothing is going to stand in your way now and you can proceed at will. If you have been struggling with an issue that has been complicated or intricate, then the Eight arriving will unravel it fast and you fill find it then comes together quite rapidly.  At long last you can draw a line under certain things, issues or situations in your life as you mange to close up on and complete any unfinished business or tasks.  In fact you will find that certain issues will reach their natural conclusion. This will free you up to move on and getting going with what you really want to be doing. If you have been working hard on a project or plans then they will suddenly take off too and you will have to run fast to catch up with them.

The Eight of Wands can be a sign that you have been swept up in a crazy wave of enthusiasm about something.  This something can be related to any area of your life. It may be a person, a place you have just discovered, a property you have fallen in love with,  a business idea, opportunity or project. You are bound to be carried away with the whole thing and feel energised and eager. You want to be a part of it all and you might be putting a huge amount of effort into it which you are thrilled to be able to offer.  Things are beginning to move into action now as adrenaline fuels your system.  It is time to make a move so get moving. You must now strike while the iron is hot and when you are so enthused.  You have real momentum building behind you so all you have to do is take the first step and it will snowball after that.

The Eight of Wands often suggests opportunities and sometimes several of them appearing all at the one time.  Each opportunity will appear exciting and wonderful.  Each will be hard to resist but it will not be possible to take them all on board. Wands are a Suit of Action and Doing.  They are drawn to exciting opportunities and are usually the first to sign-up.  In a short space of time they can accumulate a lot of ‘things’ they are involved in.  With fingers in many pies, they are perfectly happy to juggle them all, that is as long as they keep them up in the air. The Eight Wands coming in to land, may symbolise the consequences of previous hasty action.  Eight flaming Wands suddenly descending upon your front lawn, announcing that they have all come home to visit at the same time, can be a bit daunting to say the least, even for the Wands. In the Upright Eight, the demands of all commitments and obligations are met, even if it does involve being absolutely and totally rushed off your feet.  There is a certain buzz that comes with being overstretched as long as it is quickly released. Also, there is an even greater adrenaline rush when everything happens at the one time but is managed efficiently and sorted accordingly.  It is in the Reversed Eight we see the overstretch that goes on too long, eventually snapping and breaking after too much pressure exerted.  Then demands cannot be met and instead of a rush, there is overwhelm. Unfortunately, they are stuck with their Wands whether they like it or not.

Travel across water or air is often strongly indicated by the Eight of Wands. Depending on the question it may be work-related or just travelling for pure enjoyment and fun. Holiday time, getting away from it all and taking off without a care in the world is highlighted. The Eight of Wands is a very welcome card in any Reading for it brings great freedom, excitement and anticipation. When I look at the Eight Wands coming in to land they often remind me of a holiday Jet touching down in an exotic foreign destination as the happy passengers stare out the windows ‘oohing and ahing’ at the warm ocean waters below and the shimmering tarmac on the runway. After all the hard work, the saving, countdown to vacation, shopping for new clothes and beach-wear, packing suitcases, taxi to the airport, shopping in duty-free, boarding, excitement and chat as seatbelts are buckled, take-off, cheers as plastic glasses of wine are clinked, landing and finally disembarking into that warm sultry heat, The Eight of Wands has truly arrived and flown right alongside you. It is now going to make sure you enjoy every second.

In relationship spreads, the Eight of Wands are often referred to as Cupid’s Arrows and can represent the heady intoxicating stage of romance and courtship, which brings joy, excitement and the ability to brighten the dullest day. You may be swept off your feet by someone you meet, causing you to fall wildly, madly and deeply in love. This relationship will be intense, passionate and such a whirlwind of social activities, your feet will barely touch the ground. Unable to get through an hour without seeing or hearing from each other, there will be mad texting, marathon phone calls and staying out all night. You just can’t get enough of each other right now.  You will not only look stunning but feel it too, putting a glide in your stride and a pep in your step.  This relationship will move fast, travelling like a comet through the night sky.  You are on a high or adrenaline rush right now and probably don’t even need to eat or sleep as you have energy to burn. Try to pace yourself for this relationship may be travelling a bit too fast.

As this Card is associated with travel then it may highlight holiday romances or someone you meet while travelling. As a couple, the Eight of Wands indicates a strong, healthy, positive and high-energy relationship where both partners share the same goals yet manage to retain their independence. This couple is very busy and with active, full lives but manage to maintain a very dynamic relationship. Even so, it would advise that you pause for a while every now and then to check-in with each other to see if needs, ideas or plans have changed on either side. It symbolises a time of free-flowing energy within relationships, with few challenges or conflicts. If you have been putting a lot of effort into your relationship of late, then the appearance of this Card suggests that it has paid off and you will begin to see the positive consequences of taking such action.

As a couple, you may decide to travel the world or re-locate. If you have been single for some time, then you will find yourself suddenly in big demand.

In regards to careers, the Eight of Wands often suggests travel in connection with work. For certain, your work schedule is very hectic and busy.  Your job requires you to think on your feet and be able to multi-task.  This is a high-energy work environment where there is much activity and certainly a lot of travelling involved.  Travel does not have to be long distance but you are bound to be out and about for appointments, presentations and meetings.  This Card also suggests a very competitive work environment or working with very evenly matched professional ambitious people.

If you have been trying to further your career, then the Eight of Wands is a very positive Card as it can suggest that your career is beginning to take off. You may be making a name for yourself and may very possibly have done something recently which has facilitated or triggered your sudden meteoric rise.  It will be very easy to get caught up in all the rush and activity that will be coming your way but you must also take time to pause and reflect on where you are going.  Make sure you are still on track and heading in the direction you want to be. Travelling at such a high-speed, it is easy to get confused or lose your way. Go back to the basics and work it out.

The Eight Wands hurtling through the sky can represent CV’s in a Work-Related Spread but can have different interpretations depending on the Querant’s situation.  If several CV’s  or applications have been sent out, then the Eight of Wands appearing in the near future position generally is a good indication that the Querant should be confident of receiving some good news and possibly many offers.  However, if the Card falls in the ‘action to take’ or ‘advice’ position then the Querant may be narrowing his chances of acquiring employment due to failure to circulate sufficient CV’s.

In Business, The Eight of Wands is a wonderful Card and can suggest that  your business is really beginning to take off. All the hard work put into setting up your business has been worth it as goals are realised and begin to manifest.  Your struggles for the moment are behind you as everything falls nicely into place. It may even feel like the business is running itself with little effort on your part.  That is because it has now taken on a life of its own and for a while the pressure will be off you.  Your business may be entering a trouble-free time where it experiences no challenges or problems.  With the energy of the Eight of Wands around, much work can be achieved. If working on a project or business plan, a successful end is in sight as all your Wands come into land and on time.

You may be launching a new Business or product and even though there is a huge amount of work to do, the excitement is unbelievable.  There is so much to sort and organise, people to phone, social media sites to set-up, emails to send and meetings to attend.  After all the hard work, the planning and idea stage, the time has eventually arrived. A heady time in business for sure.

In business, there may be the potential to break into the overseas market or even just expansion on a local or national level. You may be thinking about setting up an online shop for your business and products. This will help spread news of you and your business globally but you must guard against having too many products.  Stick with your strongest sellers.  Online selling will require a lot of administration work and keeping in touch with all your overseas clients.  It will be a full-time job in itself so prepare to be busy.

The Eight of Wands is a great Card for heralding the end of a struggle, especially where others have been involved.  If there have been any struggles in work, personality clashes with staff or a team not pulling together, the Eight blows all that away.  Instead of the Wands all hitting and bashing each other as we have seen in previous Cards, these Eight Wands travel in unison, along parallel lines, neither touching off or interfering with an another.  There appears to be a sense of joint effort and common ground.  They all share the same Goal as the Wands all seek the same landing spot. However, this does not mean to say that competition is not rife in the workplace.  Rather the opposite, as competition is no fun unless you have others to compete with.  This Card does bring a strong Competitive Race element to it and we can see the horses, thundering down the track, neck to neck but each keeping a safe distance from each other.  This speaks of fair play where all are fit, able and eligible to compete. Each knows they are up against others who are as good as them, if not possibly better, but the thrill is being part of the Race.  The Best Man will win but these are professionals who will acknowledge the ability of their team mates or work colleagues. All gain from the experience.

You may be travelling the world promoting a new product, your book or music.


8 of Wands Rx


Anti-Climax, Slow/Lack of Progress, Straggler, Delay or Cancellation of Travel Plans, Struggle, Obstacles, Restrictions, Blocks, Grounded, Missed Opportunities, Tedium, Irritation, Stress,  Chaos, Panic, Rush, Drama, Hysteria, Unfinished Business, Incomplete, Fail to Deliver, Lack of Stamina, Impatience, Frustration, Impulsiveness, Haste, Mistakes, Out of Control,  Runaway, Out of Contact, Restrictions, Lack of Energy, Slow Progress, Poor Timing, Returning from Holidays, Poison Arrows, Relationship Upsets, Domestic/Marital Disputes, Arguments, Quarrels, Strikes, Rows, Blow-Ups, Jealousy, Busbody, Interfering Third Party, Trouble-Maker, Volatile, Rivalry,  Clashing, Bitching, Rudeness, Late-Starter, Also Ran,  Bad News Travels Fast, Gossip, Lost Post,

When the Eight of Wands Reverses all the action, movement and speed goes into reverse or extreme.  Instead we find set-backs, delays and obstacles to progress or impulsive actions, rush and panic. You may not be able to finish anything you start or complete important tasks on time.  You might lack the enthusiasm and motivation to get you moving. There is a definite lack of interest, drive and ambition. Then again, you may have a tendency to leave everything to the last moment, creating unnecessary stress and panic all round.  Maybe you are not cut out for what you are trying to do. It might all sound great in theory but putting it into action requires skills and drive that you lack.  If you are not fit enough or have not earned the right to be in the Race, then back out now. You really should have built up to this instead of just jumping in, thinking it would be plain sailing.

With the Eight of Wands Reversed, you are likely to be feeling very frustrated and irritated.  You know what you want and where it is but no matter what you do, you just seem to continuously run into problems of one sort or another. A lot of the time the problems are being caused by others and this can lead to aggressive outbursts and extreme rudeness.  Everyone seems to be getting in your way and on your nerves, slowing you down and dissipating your energy.  It all seems perfectly clear to you yet everywhere you go, you encounter people who don’t see things the way you do.  It’s just maddening. They disagree and find fault with your plans, nit pick over finer detail and tell you that you have to wait, they have to think it over or not to rush into things.  Some may even accuse you of being impulsive or too hasty which will make you want to explode. You are going nowhere fast and precious time is ticking by. Others seem to steam ahead leaving you straggling behind cursing and swearing.  What do they have that you don’t? What’s your problem, that you can’t keep up with them?

You might feel like a horse in its stall waiting for the off at the beginning of a race. You have the bit between your teeth and are rearing to go but your door gets stuck or fails to open.  All the built up energy is there but with no release. You may feel like you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity or experience because you are forced to stay behind or just can’t go for one reason or another.  Everyone else seems to be having the time of their life while you have to watch from the sidelines chewing your fingernails off in rage.

Unfortunately, all the above may be simply down to unfinished business that you have to attend to or draw a line under before you are free to do or act as you please. You may need to go back to the Seven of Wands where the struggle and conflict exists before trying to fly with the Eight as they are preventing you from getting on with what you want to do.  It may appear that time has stood still and that you will never get to where you want to go. The desire to free yourself so that you can move on to exciting fresh territory or projects is tempting, but until you deal with what you already have on your plate, which is more than enough, you will make little progress. There are tedious, annoying and frustrating issues to be sorted and you just don’t want to be bothered with them.  However, time spent now addressing or sorting them will be well worth it. It is essential and before you know it, the Eight of Wands will Upright itself and your energy will be able to flow freely once more. You will enjoy yourself even more, safe in the knowledge that all your problems have been dealt with.

When The Eight of Wands Reverses,  we see the same Wands but now they appear to take off from land and into thin air. When and where they will land is anyone’s guess. You may have been overly eager and too hasty in doing something or getting involved in a situation (releasing your Wands). As a result you now have little control over the outcome or consequences of your actions  (where the Wands land or how far they go). You may have given little thought to how everything was going to work out or possibly thought that it would sort itself out without any input from you.  You may feel a bit anxious now or stressed with all those Wands flying around and about.  You may not be able to undo what you have just done as either Upright or Reversed, once they are out there, they are out of your control. When there is no control, as with everything in life, they can take on a life of their own for good or bad.  Act in haste, repent at leisure but then again, you know that saying well, for it is not the first time that you have been in this situation is it?  Rushing in where Angels fear to tread, has got you into many a bind in the past. You may need to douse some of that fieryness as it can easily get you into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, this Reversed Eight of Wands, makes a regular appearance to highlight an interfering third-party causing problems and mayhem.  Don’t be so quick to stick your nose into other people’s business no matter how dramatic the situation, as it is highly unlikely that you have all the facts at your disposal.  Now, I am not pointing the finger directly at you, for it may well be you who is at the receiving end of a busybody’s meddling.  There is likely to be considerable drama attached to your situation and emotions may be running very high.  Keep a bucket of cold water handy for when hysteria hits as this situation could get quite volatile very quickly with all those sharp arrows (Wands) flying around.

The Eight of Wands Reversed can also suggest that the fizz has gone out of your Fire.  You may have got yourself all excited and worked up about plans and ideas only to lose motivation and interest after a short while.  You may lack the staying power to follow through or on closer examination what you first thought to be amazing and brilliant has turned out to be too much trouble and not worth the effort. You may feel a sense of anti-climax, deflated or relieved depending on the situation.

In the Upright, we saw Fire use the Energy of the Earth Element to ground the Wands for a practical result but in the Reverse the overly enthusiastic Wands have fired off, literally into space, with no earth to ground them and so they are not able to realise their goals.  You may have run with an idea or course of action without thinking it out clearly or carrying out proper research.  No one can accuse you of lack of motivation, energy or enthusiasm, but you may not have worked out the practicalities.  You may have wasted a lot of energy, time and resources and have very little to show for it.  You may have launched your plan or idea before it was ready, at the wrong location, with or to the wrong people or possibly the timing of it was off.  Who knows? It all happened so fast.

Then again, we could have a different scenario altogether.  You may be throwing out a few wild ideas here and there, deliberately pushing the boundaries or entering into unchartered territory just to see what will happen.  This may be a very liberating experience for you as it frees you from your normal approach and opens you to new possibilities and fresh experiences.

Where travel is concerned, expect delays and cancellations.  There may also be confusion over bookings or dates. Mystery tours and surprise holidays.  Last minute notification of travel or holiday may leave you in a tizzy regarding organisation and packing.  Allow extra time when travelling and take extra care when boarding planes and trains. There is a risk you might get on the wrong one and end up in the very last place you expected or wanted to be.

When it comes to Affairs of The Heart, The Eight of Wands Reversed dumps Cupid’s Bows into the nearest ditch and fires off Poisonous Arrows or Darts instead. Alas, it was all too good to be true and probably all too fast. Can one really fall deep into love so quickly, so successfully? Instead of adoration and infatuation, wild passion turns to jealousy and rivalry.  Suddenly you can’t for the life of you see what you saw in your partner in the first place.The rosy glow has worn off and your bullshit detector is back in action.  Back stabbing, bitching and plain nastiness kicks romance out the door.  The magical excitement of the upright may have worn off and instead of falling into love you now fall heavily out of it.  To your fury, you may discover a third person in your relationship or the interference of a third-party. Love turns sour and revenge may be on the menu.

Domestic disputes, household disharmony, rows and marital upsets abound. Your relationship may indeed be up in the air with no knowing where it will land and what is to become of it. The Eight of Wands Reversed may also suggest having to say goodbye to your holiday romance as your charter plane takes off returning you home and to your normal life once again. It was all great fun while it lasted.

Career wise, The Eight of Wands can suggest that you are struggling to get your career off the ground, ahead or your field or that you are expecting too much too soon.  You may be qualified in an area of speciality that is no longer in demand due to recession or changing trends.  Whereas once you were flying high, earning big bucks and regular promotions, you may now be bottoming out, dealing with salary cuts, demotions and layoffs.

Quarrels, disputes and jealousy may govern the workplace with staff stepping on each other to further their careers. In the Reverse our attention is drawn to the Wand that lags behind the rest.  This may be a sign that you are not pulling your weight or are struggling against stiff competition for a job placement, recognition or promotion. You may lack the energy and enthusiasm to push you to the front.  You may be sending out plenty of CVs but are failing to hit their target. Put some effort into acquiring the correct contact name and departments to ensure they fall into the right hands and are exposed to the relevant people.

In Business, your product or services may not have been received too well overseas or you may have launched them before the time was right or with little research. The business that showed such exciting possibilities in the Upright may be slow in getting off the ground. Have you possibly forgotten a business plan?

However, the speed associated with the Upright Eight may now be in extreme. You may have left everything to the last-minute and now find that there is too much to do and not enough time to do it in.  You may be rushing around in a blind panic, firing orders left, right and centre.  Stressed out of your brains and living on nervous energy you may not be able to take in what people are saying to you. You could take down the wrong phone number or forget the directions you have been given. Your brain is addled and overwhelmed with data and deadlines. You have to be everywhere and all at the same time. Frustration could reach fever pitch when you find it impossible to get through to the right person on the phone or are told that you have just missed them.  Emails bounce back undelivered or texts go to the wrong person, causing even more frustration, misunderstandings and delays.

If you are waiting for good news regarding contracts or business deals then you may be waiting a long time.  It might never arrive or arrives too late to be of any use. Worse still, the good news may go to another and not you.  If sending important post, make sure to register it as there is a likelihood that it will go astray or disappear. Check addresses, contact details and postal deliveries in advance to ensure any important parcels are delivered to the right person, at the right place and in time.

In the workplace, strikes and disputes may be causing discord between staff and management.  They will also be causing delays and setbacks to the normal flow of business. Some orders may get cancelled or valued customers are lost to a competitor.

Wands  Cups   Swords   Pentacles

Ace of Wands   Two (II) of Wands   Three (III) of Wands    Four (IV) of Wands  Five (V) of Wands

Six (VI) of Wands  Seven (VII) of Wands  Eight (VIII) of Wands  Nine (IX) of Wands  Ten (X) of Wands

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  1. Hi Miss tarot teacher, I just got the Eight of Wands in a single card reading in regards to my crush/love interest’s feelings for me. I just can’t put my finger on what this card means for this woman’s feelings for me. my first reaction was maybe she’s ‘hot and ready’??lol! maybe?


    • Hi Rickey,

      I see this message never went out to you as I have discovered it still in my pending box. Better late than never but at this stage I would hazard a guess you already have your answer.

      Yes, Rickey, the Eight of Wands would point to a distinct eagerness and being on the same wavelength as you were interest is concerned. It certainly seems like things are hotting up.



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