“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
― Lewis Carroll
While the 8 of Wands is considered a card of great speed, signaling to us that outer circumstances may force us to take swift action, it is just as often a card that asks us to slow down. The reason for this is that great speed with lack of forethought and preparation, often ends in disaster. Only once we are focused and have precise aim are we to act swiftly.
Mercury, the fastest moving Planet after the Moon (technically not a planet but counted as such for occult purposes), is here in the fastest moving Zodiac sign, Sagittarius (Fire of Fire). Mercury rules the mind and Sagittarius is a sign of mind expansion, optimism, higher learning, philosophy, teaching and distant travel.
On its own, this card is simply saying: Be prepared for swift action. Focus your intent. If you stay focused things will progress quickly in your favour. What the circumstance for these swift actions might be will be revealed by other cards in your reading.
“People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it”
― Howard Newton
Affirmation: “I am focused and prepared to leap at the opportunities that will speed me along the path of manifesting my dreams.”
8 of Wands Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), help me be clear about my priorities and to be prepared for swift and focused action. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the 8 of Wands
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Archangel: Raphael (Mercury) and Raguel (angel of Sagittarius)
Gemstone: Fluorite, green aventurine, lapis lazuli
Scent: Peppermint, lemon, sandalwood
Deck used: Victorian Romantic Tarot