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Eight of Wands

A description and interpretation of the role of The Eight of Wands in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • energy

  • blocking


General overview

Are you interested in the divinatory tarot and looking for reliable information on the non-court cards in the minor arcana? On this page, you'll find all the information you need to have a better understanding of what the Eight of Wands means.

For Tarot specialists, the wands are always associated with emotional energy, temperament and moods. They match the diamonds of a traditional card game and stand for the element of fire.

From a symbolic point of view, the card is fairly easy to understand. It represents two sets of four sticks meeting to form a cross. Unlike the other arcana of the suit, you'll quickly note the scarcity of vegetation. There are only two small vertical flowers. In effect, with the Eight of Wands everything happens as if the seeker's creative energy is concentrated on them. By focusing on these two distinct points, they will stop being distracted by futilities and finally use their potential wisely. They will soon be able to give the best of themselves in order to achieve their goals!

Motivation gets you going. Habit keeps you going.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    The Eight of Wands is generally perceived as highly favorable for anyone who is looking for a sign of a happy emotional outcome. It often announces the arrival of a meeting which will appear in the seeker's life with absolutely no warning, i.e. in a completely unpredictable way. However, to maximize their chances the seeker will have to agree to make an effort and leave their comfort zone. The card's specific energy will encourage them to adopt a stance that is favorable to meetings.

  • from a career viewpoint

    The seeker will feel a direct influence from the Eight of Wands in their professional life. Most often this card announces profound changes and professional opportunities that should be seized as quickly as possible. The best solution for you not to get caught on the hop is to stay on guard, carefully prepare your resume and accept the need to put yourself in the limelight.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    Sometimes a tiny flicker of life lights up just before your eyes. To develop, it is essential to recognize how rare this moment is and seize the opportunities that appear, whether in your love life, relationships or professional life. The Eight of Wands helps you to get a deeper understanding of what is important to you and encourages you to act. It is now a question of making the most of this moment of lucidity and of defining your action plan.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Eight of Wands means that the period of doubt that you have recently crossed is now a distant memory. You feel ready to get moving again and plan to take the opportunity to change some areas of your life. By using your energy wisely, you are promised a bright future!

    • long-term

      In the long run, the Eight of Wands is a great personal development tool. It will allow you to be enthusiastic when you face life and its obstacles. The card will offer you the energy essential to getting yourself going, and to the achievement of your objectives. For you, the opportunity that presents itself is ideal if you would like to develop in perfect harmony with your most deeply held beliefs and values.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Eight of Wands upright

    In its most traditional interpretation, the Eight of Wands means that the difficulties the seeker has been encountering are now well and truly behind them and that they have successfully managed to overcome the obstacles that stood in the way. With their house in order, they have all the things they need to move quickly forward on their life path.

    The Eight of Wands is witness to the power of the energy the seeker can benefit from today. In both business and relationships, things are moving fast and there are lots of opportunities as the days go by. It will be important for the seeker to be ready to seize the ones that seem most interesting to them, and to accept that some of their habits need to be questioned, even those that are most familiar.

    Faced with so many novelties, the seeker will almost certainly feel completely overwhelmed from time to time, but their enthusiasm will help them get involved with things that are important to them! The Eight of Wands is thus a favorable omen for anyone looking to improve themselves in harmony with their deepest held beliefs, without getting lost in the game of appearances and pretense. It predicts fast and sustainable movement that will promote initiative, career progression and personal growth.

    Interpretation of The Eight of Wands reversed

    Although it is always difficult to interpret a draw without taking into account all the arcana present, the reversed Eight of Wands traditionally refers to two distinct cases.

    In the first of these, the seeker will have to learn to distinguish speed and precipitation. The energy inherent in the Eight of Wands is a valuable tool for their development but they will have to learn to control their impulsiveness. Before starting to act I would suggest they take some time to look at everything that is at stake in the situation they are facing at the moment.

    In the second case, the reversed Eight of Wands speaks of blockages and delays. Although the enthusiasm is still there, for the moment external causes hinder the seeker setting themselves in motion. The only possible solution? They need to bide their time and try not to feel too frustrated.