Card of the Day – 8 of Wands, Swiftness

I'm going to write about the meaning of the Tarot cards in my deck, but rather than doing it in some dull old logical order I thought I'd just cut one out of the deck when I have the time and see which one turned up.  With time this may even turn into a complete, if slightly eccentric, guide to how to read the Tarot.  I'll also try to figure out if they are turning up randomly or if there's some meaning in which card turns up at which time.

Card of the Day – 8 of Wands, Swiftness

8 of Wands - Swiftness from the Deck of ThothThe wands are the fire suit – all about passion, enthusiasm, energy and movements forward.  More mundanely they can be concerned with career and ambition, but this will often have resonance for something more general life life path, or 'purpose' if we can speak in those terms.

The 8 of wands is a very energetic Wands card and is very expansive, reaching outwards.  At it's simplest I sum up this card by saying 'broaden your horizons'.  It usually refers to expanding your sense of self, looking into different areas, trying new things and realising you are more than you realise.

This is one of the cards in the deck that to me is very direct – I rarely find I have to think very long about its meaning, it doesn't seem to have too many shades of complexity to it.  Expansion is very clear, and is very much summed up by the image of the card – those wands are all shooting outwards, and they are pure energy, pure fire (there's no sense of them being physical as they appear to be in other cards).  The rainbow suggests have an optimistic outlook, look at the positive things you want to do rather than the possible problems or worries that may be around.

This card will often come up when someone is asking me about potential careers or potential relationships.  The answer it gives can be a little frustrating, because what its saying is 'don't keep doing what you are doing now' without being specific about what one should do instead.  But it's a clear message – "If you keep doing what you've been doing you'll keep getting the same result you've got before."  This card says it's time to think more creatively, go to places you've not been to before, try things you've never tried before, act in a way that's different from how you've previously acted.  You are more than you realise, you like more things than you've tried and you are capable of many things you have yet to try.

As a card of the day – well, it suggests it's a good day to enthusiastically try something different – read a book on a topic you know nothing about, try and practice you've not used before, go down a road you've never gone down.  Become a larger version of yourself.

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