The Eight of Wands card takes us back to the roots of the Wands suite – the notion of creative motion and power. A wand is a tool, a device used to channel the energy from ourselves out into the open world. It's an object of action – it gets what's inside of us out into the open, so that it can motive pure movement. Having eight of the things on this card, you can imagine the type of action that this card entails!
The Eight of Wands is one of the simplest cards in the tarot deck as far as appearance goes. We see a green, growing valley in the background, with a thin river winding through. In the foreground we see eight wands/staffs – these wands are all jutting out, almost as if flying actively through the air. Are they being thrown? Are they simply falling from the sky? It's too hard to tell for certain from our perspective, but one thing is certain – those wands are going places.
This card is the card of sudden action. Like a javelin falling from above, or lightning striking from the sky, the Eight of Wands is saying that things are going to show up quickly. This tends to be the card of news and sudden surprises, so don't take this card lightly. Unfortunately, this card is also a big mysterious – it gives little inclination as to what sort of activity, news, or surprises may be coming, simply that they are.
This card also conveys that, in new ventures, projects, events, and so on, there will be no wasted energy. It might even be a call to action: perhaps you have been languishing in an unfinished project, but the Eight of Wands is here to tell you that you should put all of your energy stores into completing it. Whatever the case, know that what is ahead will require your complete attention, and every bit of your creative energy.
Lastly, this card may be telling to to expect the unexpected. Keep yours eyes peeled and your ears listening for what may be coming next, and be ready to jump on it when it comes. Whatever is approaching, know that the creative energy of the wands suite says that it is something that will need to be acted upon.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you see the Eight of Wands card. How ready are you for the unexpected? Can you devote yourself to a new project right away? How is your creative energy level? If you find that your energy is lacking, you'll want to do whatever you can to recuperate it now, before the unexpected arrives!
The Magician and the Eight of Wands card are rather similar – they are the only two that speak of that moment before the mallet hits the anvil, and the unbridled creative energy that lies in wait. The Wheel of Fortune has it's place beside the Eight of Wands as well, simply for the mysterious, unknown factor – both cards tell you to expect the unexpected. If you see the Wheel of Fortune and the Eight of Wands in your reading, be prepared for big changes!