Powerful, energetic, direct, and full-on.
The Eight of Wands represents a bunch of different things to me, all of which feel really relevant today.
NB – I’m excited to have drawn today’s card from The Fountain Tarot by Jonathan Saiz, Jason Gruhl and Andi Todaro – hot off the press, this stunning new deck arrived last night and I can’t wait to get stuck in! Watch out for a full review shortly.
From The Fountain Tarot
It represents the sharing of ideas, the communication of thoughts – a letter sent, a website, social media, a poster, a blog post. It’s publicity, marketing, making your voice heard, putting your message out there.
I often find this card is about wrapping up projects already started. The Rider-Waite-Smith version shows the ends of eight wands – quite literally ‘endings’. Eight wands, eight projects – that’s a lot to have on your plate and this card can be a warning that you’re heading towards the tiredness of the Nine of Wands or overwhelm of the Ten. Do yourself a favour and wrap up your current projects before starting anything new.
From the Anna K Tarot and the Kitty Kahane Tarot
Whilst the Eight of Wands can represent one key message, it can also show a whole load of ideas suddenly reaching you. It’s important to get clear here, to be able to see which ideas are the important ones and which are just noise.
This card is so dynamic – there are almost always wands flying through the air, messages being delivered, something being ‘sent out’. It’s a concept business writer Seth Godin calls ‘shipping’ – the moment you take initiative and make something real from an idea, the moment you actually put it out there.
In The Ship It Journal, Godin asks you to give your product (where product could be a commercial item you’ve made, the delivery of a project, a presentation, a blog post – whatever! It’s the culmination of your work, basically) a deadline, a shipping date. It’s about getting serious, saying ‘this is worth it’ and then doing it.
It takes guts to act. But it’s vital that you do.
From the Shadowscapes Tarot and the Tarot of the Cat People
All of this is important to me today.
I’ve spent the past few days settling back into home life after two months off. There’s a lot buzzing round in my head, I’ve got to-do lists in each of the four notebooks on my desk and a strong urge to adapt the way that I work. The Eight of Wands encourages me to aim for clarity, to focus first on what I’ve already started, to share my work with others, and to have a plan in place that means I can complete current projects before starting new ones.
More specifically, I know it’s telling me to jump back into the social network I’m working on – which has recently stalled – and get that up and running before diving headfirst into the twenty-plus other ideas vying for my time and attention.
I’m grateful for this card’s strictness today. I really wanted somebody (or something) to give me this kind of clarity, this kind of helpful but firm instruction.