Tarot Card Spotlight: Thoth Tarot’s 8 of Wands


Thoth Title: Swiftness

Planet/Sign: Mercury in Sagittarius

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

Date Range: November 23 – December 2

Qabalistic Correspondences: Hod of Atziluth

Key Words: rapid change or development, unexpected communications, electronic information

The 8 of Wands is entitled “Swiftness,” and it is ruled by the energy of Mercury (planet of communications, commerce, systems, speed) in Sagittarius (sign of higher thought, philosophy, travel, spontaneity), while residing in Mercury’s home sephira of Hod. Mercury’s airy, fast moving, intellectual nature is only made more insubstantial by Sagittarius’s mutable fire. Sagittarius is the sign of the philosopher, student, and teacher, ruling over higher education, publishing, systems of law, and other higher intelligence functions. This card therefore represents fast moving developments of the digital information age, where change is constant, though not necessarily permanent. 8 of Wands is a glittering, electrical current—a tool that we can use, or be used by.

When the 8 of Wands appears in a reading, the winds of change are blowing, and the querent will likely receive new information regarding the situation at hand. Electronic communications bring unexpected news, situations change swiftly with little warning, and new developments may or may not be enduring. Flow with the information for now, try not to make any permanent changes just yet—reserve your judgment and action until circumstances become more solidified.