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Eight of Wands Art and Meaning Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Designation

Eight of Wands

About the Deck

Vivid Waite Smith

These cards are featured in my book, "A Concise Guide to the Tarot" by Loren Lundgren. I took the information for the meanings on these tarot cards from "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination", by A. E. Waite, 1911, now in the public domain. I edited the tarot card descriptions and meanings for clarity and brevity, modernizing the text. I scanned in the original black and white illustrations of the cards drawn by Pamela Colman Smith, from the 1911 book. I digitally retouched and painted those illustrations in detailed color.

Provenance

Loren Lundgren, © 2021

Tags

wands-8, eight-of-wands, eight, wands

Description

This card represents motion through the unmoving—a flight of wands through an open countryside. They approach the end of their path. The future they signify is at hand; it may be even on the threshold.

Meaning of Eight of Wands from the Vivid Waite Smith Deck

Upright

Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity; swiftness, as that of an express messenger; great haste, great hope, speed toward an end that promises certain happiness; generally, things on the move; also the arrows of love.

Reversed

Arrows of jealousy, internal dispute, pangs of conscience, quarrels; domestic disputes for married people.

According to Many Schools of Thought

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Partial success.

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

Domestic disputes for a married person.

Mme. Le Normand's Divinatory Meanings

Friendship. Faithful lover. Powerful enemy. Enemy overcome.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Understanding, Observation, Direction

Reversed

Quarrels, Intestine disputes, Discord.

P.R.S. Foli's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Love of a dark man or woman which, if accepted and reciprocated, will bring joy and well-being

Reversed

an unworthy affection calculated to cause trouble.

Mme. Le Marchand's Divinatory Meanings

fortunate result of unremitting exertions.

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