Eight Of Wands – Rider Waite Tarot Deck

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I. Eight of Wands Rider Waite image description

Eight of Wands Rider Waite image description

The Eight of Wands describes eight sticks soaring in the air with dizzying speed. This image shows changes, moves and travels. On the card, the background is very clear, showing that there are very few obstructions in your way and there is a beautiful and peaceful river that brings life to all things which are nearby.

In the movie Ten Commandments, Moses touched his stick into the water to spread the waves. His stick is a symbol of power to initiate events. The stick of Moses evokes the image of those sticks in the Eight of Wands Tarot card. They are the symbol of the beginning of action and the effects as well as consequences of such actions. Before we act, we think, imagine, study, exchange, and delude. This is the place of the element Air which is the sky. We give practical and possible ideas, then turn them into action.

This card also has a different meaning which is the appearance of news or new information. You can see or hear something important. The news may appear as a metaphor, so stay awake and pay attention to everything that happens to you at this time.

This card also implies an end. Sooner or later everything ends. Those eight sticks in this card not only focus on starting the events, but also bringing these events to an end. It seems the sticks in this card are about to fall to the ground. If you see this card in a Tarot spread, this may be the time to stop whatever you are doing. You can celebrate the events that happened, but also prepare to receive new things.

II. 8 of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Act quickly, Finish/End, News.

Act fast

  • Take action;
  • Seize the opportunity;
  • Express yourself publicly;
  • Carry out the plan;
  • Quickly step into the new field;
  • Switch to a higher structure;
  • Keep up with the change.

Make a finish/an end

  • The peak effort;
  • Put everything together;
  • End of an activity;
  • Experience the ultimate moment;
  • Find out a successful solution;
  • Complete an unfinished job .

Receive news

  • Receive an important message;
  • Receive some needed information ;
  • Find a missing piece;
  • Discover the truth;
  • Have a meaningful conversation;
  • Learn more.

III. Opposite and Support Tarot cards to the 8 of Wands

Opposite cards

Support cards

IV. 8 of Wands Upright Card Keywords

speed, action, air travel, movement, change fast

Words and Keywords

Act fast, move forward, progress smoothly and quickly, get results quickly, speed fast, travel without obstacles, activity, movement, stop delays, urgency, excitement, delusions, acceleration, new ideas, open mind experiences, an invitation to work, progress after delay, quick access to goals, communication, news.

Good message, a journey, a holiday, a business trip, sudden trips, air travel, go by plane, movement, the rush of creative inspiration, productivity, new friends, unexpected things, archery, athletic ability, exercise, everything is ready, thing is going on as I want.


The Eight of Wands points out that the struggle of the Seven of Wands has ended and now you have freedom and space to move forward again with your plans and activities. This card contains a very high energy source and its forward movements push you toward the front with faster speed than ever before. You will be very busy but this is a very good time to invest your time and energy in the activities.

You may have many unresolved issues when getting this card. You may be frustrated or tired of waiting. This card is a reminder that you should be patient for quite a time. You may have already accomplished everything you need to do, the current and future decisions will be made by others.


When this card appears, it does not seem to have any current evidence of progress. But do not try to force things because that will only cause the opposite effect. In a nutshell, sometimes our actions depend on ourselves, and all you can do is trying hard and wait. If you have done all you have to do, then be patient and wait.

It represents the structure of motion and activity. Number eight talks about structure while Wands are the raw energy. Thus, the structure of it creates a path for the energy flow. You are very sure about your goals and all the distractions have been removed. You can devote yourself to your work with full concentration, determination, and willpower. This is very good, allowing you to do a lot of things in a short time.


You may be waiting for decisions made by others. Very likely the result will be very positive, but do not force people when they are not ready yet. Please be patient. Stagnation will soon end, but sooner or later does not depend on you.


In relationship, whenever the Eight of Wands card appears, you are most likely to feel yourself ready for a new evolution in your current relationship (such as marriage), while in fact, you are not ready yet. Do not push others before they are ready. You can not get what you need by force. You should know how to disperse yourself if necessary, and the person you love will find you when you are not yet aware, giving you the key to your heart that you are hoping for without trying hard


Many things related to your financial situation are not progress much. This is not a good time to make a calculated investment unless you have reviewed and carried out the plan for a long time. Everything is in constant flow. You should save money or consider your spending habits. Patience is an essential element at this moment.


You may be feeling anxious if you are waiting for a medical examination or information about a health problem that you are concerned about. You should spend a lot of time thinking about positive things, and know that it will take time for you to understand your health better. You need to encourage yourself, ask questions, talk to yourself about the best things you can. Your doctor still has many other patients to look after. You only have yourself. Be positive, everything will be okay!


For most of us, patience can be a difficult spiritual lesson. However, as this card appears, it is a clear sign that calmness and patience are the two issues which you need to take as a foundation. Meditation will be helpful to you at this time. But if you can not sit still and meditate for twenty minutes, it does not matter, let’s start with thirty seconds. Peace often calms the mind, you should find for that feeling.

Situation and advice

Everything is ready. You are moving quickly toward achieving your goals. A period of stagnation or delay is gradually ending. New messages and opportunities are coming. Excitement spreads as you progress and give new ideas. Those efforts to self-promote are successful. You are full of energy and can start a fitness program.

Your experience is also something to unlock your mind. You may receive an emergency notice. There maybe an unexpected travel (possibly by plane) or a possible move. If your question is about love, the Eight of Wands shows a love that is full of passion and surprise. New friends will appear in your life.

With this card, you can look forward to completing quickly a project which being carried out, but you can also expect to find something new and more interesting, and get a lot of inspiration. Nothing can stop you now because you are exploding with all your energy and ideas, and you can not wait to start another job. To optimize this energy, it is important to ensure that your activities are focused on larger goals and you are investing in the right things at the right time. Also, before you embark on the next task, make sure the previous task is completed. This is a card of action. It encourages you to make quick decisions to pursue the best opportunities which are available right now. Do not delay when getting this card!

Often, the Eight of Wands talks about air travel. It can be a short or long trip, like a business trip or a holiday.

On the other hand, this card also said that the hasty and rapid progress of a situation can lead to the wrong decisions. It is important to make use of the available energy sources to serve your best interests. Just remember not to rush into action without a clear plan.


Those who are ready.

V. 8 of Wands Reversed Keywords

delay, disappointed, stagnation

Reversed meaning of the Eight of Wands

Words and Keywords

Speed exceeded, troubles, uncontrolled, over-elevated, impulsive, insecure, stressed, pressure, decided lack of consideration, thoughtless action, speed too fast, theft, opposition, fights, job losses, strikes, news which are disturbing, misunderstanding, corruption, get fired.

Expulsion, forcing a problem, news or message delayed, a trip canceled or delayed, a broken commitment, problem with traffic, the plan does not take place, a teenager who is grounded, potential violence, you are acting like crazy, the hurry causes things ruined, I need rest and get rid of the pressures of life, why have to rush?


Like the upright meaning of the Eight of Wands, generally, the opposite card recommends patience. Life always has problems that you can not push or hurry. Let’s look at whether you use your precious and limited energy sources a reasonable way or not. Are you just waiting or are you coming up with all the best you can?


You may be feeling guilty about something when you get this card in reverse. Remember that nothing can change the past, the only good thing that mistakes can create a lesson to change the behavior of the future. Sometimes the best thing is to forgive yourself. But of course, your conscience has its own reason, so do not completely ignore it.


Maybe, you are dealing with some disagreement or controversy at work environment when this card appears. You and/or the person you work together have caused too much pressure to make a mountain out of a molehill. Stop the pressure, let the soul calm down and consider carefully. If you are in the process of finding a job, unfortunately the decision to get the job you are waiting for may be delayed for quite a time. Be patient and believe in the right things that will grow in their own


In relationship, when the Eight of Wands appears in reverse, you may need to prevent the pain arising due to jealousy, even if you had a bonding relationship before or when a new relationship just get started. Jealousy will not take you anywhere, nor will it prove love. Show your bravery and self-control.


This card, whether in the upright or in reverse, is a request for you to promote and develop patience and long-term thinking about the financial situation and money. Everything takes time and it will give you financial security in the long run. Let’s take a deep breath and be persevered.


When this reversed card appears in a spread related to health, it is a message that patience and calmness are essential. You will not be able to make your health better by over-anxious or fear. You should love your own body and give it the healing power, no matter what the potential problem in your body is. Do not be afraid of the worst and worry too much about the health problems that may never happen.


This reversed card reminds you of concentration, consistency and cooperation at every each level and field, including your mental attitude. It is easy to spend all your energy at the moment. You should let your mind be as pure as possible, and try to spend time meditating, reviewing and reflecting. You can not do everything at once or give everything to everyone. No one can.

Situation and advice

You can feel the rush of events that make you overwhelmed. Perhaps you are in a state of shaking and wasting your energy in the direction of no results. Your hasty action does not take you wherever you want to go. Your plans may be canceled, especially if they are related to travel. There may be problems with flights or other forms of traffic.

Although there is a lot of energy and enthusiasm to push things forward, you are facing many obstacles in your plan. This makes you very frustrated and impatient day by day. You should keep looking for other ways to overcome obstacles and implement your plan.

In addition, the Eight of Wands reversed also shows that you are preparing for an idea or plan, the thing is you should slow down and consider the next steps before continuing. You may fail due to the rush and easy to make mistakes. Similarly, this card may be a sign that your activities should be postponed for a short period until the situation becomes more stable.

You may have trouble choosing among too many ideas. When you start implementing a plan, some other ideas come to mind and you quickly move on. The point here is that you will never be able to do anything because you always change your goals and plans before you even start doing them.


Those who rushed hastily but did not achieve results, self-important person.

In a Tarot spread, the Eight of Wands Tarot card is often a sign that the time is right for you to reveal yourself. All elements are ready and will perform well if you do not hesitate. Take the opportunity! If the events are starting, they will happen quickly. You may feel like being blown away by a whirlwind, but the dust will settle down quickly, and then you will see how your plan is going.

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