Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Eight of Wands card mean in a Tarot Reading?

The main meaning of the Eight of Wands is time. This is the only one of all 78 Tarot cards that clearly indicates that events will occur in the very near future. But it also has a deeper meaning. It shows that something is changing, something is in the air and will come sooner than we expect. This process has already begun even if we have not noticed it yet. At the same time, the Eight of Wands foreshadows mostly favorable events, good news or pleasant surprises.

In practice, this card means: “Yes, but not as soon as you think”, so that your plans will come true, but in six to eight months.

Goal: Bringing something new.
Element: Fire
Planet: Mercury
Astrological sign: Sagittarius


The card depicts eight parallel wands crossing the sky. Below you can see the ground, but no people are visible on it. These Eight of Wands are a kind of communication conductors that cross the visible universe, inviting us to hear their call.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Eight of Wands Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Active action. Forward movement. Smooth and fast progress. Fast results. Fast step. Travel without hindrances. Activity. Traffic. The end of the postponements. Urgency. Excitement. Rage. Acceleration. New ideas. An experience that broadens your horizons. New job offer. Moving forward after a forced delay.

Eight of Wands Tarot Card

Fast achievement of goals. Communication. News. Good messages. Travel. Vacation. Business trips. Sudden trip. Traveling by air. Flight. Movement. Gusts of creative inspiration. Productivity. New friends. An unexpected romance. Archery. Athletics. Physical exercises. Launching all systems. Everything is going my way.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

this is not the most important question now;
the answer is yes, but after 6-8 months;
suspended state of affairs;
time; events, expectations will occur in the near future;
close changes, the process has already begun (even if you don’t notice);
unexpected success;
the spontaneous nature of the changes taking place;
a new union or a new round in the old relationship;
progress, development;
creative inspiration;
“green light”;
village, field, plain, agriculture, culture, arable farming;
real estate, land, farms, dairy farming;
garden, meadow, grove, shady place;
pleasure, entertainment, fun, pastime, joy, peace, tranquility, silence, rural life;
forest, valley, mountain;

Eight of Wands. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

end of opposition, realization of hopes, journey;
quick action, ending deferrals;
end of obstacles on the way, implementation of plans;
business activity, the need to hurry in order to succeed.

Situation and Advice

All systems are running. You are moving quickly towards your goal. The period of stagnation and forced delays is coming to an end. Joyful messages and promising opportunities await you. You are thrilled with progress and new beginnings. Attempts to move up the career ladder will be successful. You are full of energy and now you can start a cycle of wellness exercises to improve your physical condition. The experience you have gained contributes to the expansion of your worldview. You may receive an urgent message. Possible unexpected trips (maybe by plane) or moving. If your question was about a romantic relationship, then the Eight of Wands portends an unexpected and passionate infatuation. New friends will appear in your life. The Eight of Wands is a kind of green light, a sign that “all systems are working normally”.

Persons designated by Upright Eight of Wands Tarot Сard

Those on the way.

Eight of Wands. Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Speed ​​too high. Block. Out of control. Excessive persistence. Impulsiveness. Insecurity. Pressure. Rush. Poorly thought out decisions. Rapid action. Too fast a step. Theft. Opposition. Wrestling. Loss of work. Strike. Bad news. Misunderstanding. Embezzlement. Dismissal. Exile. Striving to accelerate results. Delaying news or messages. Canceled or postponed trip. Broken engagement. Transport problems. The plans are not being implemented. A teenager who is constantly being taught. The possibility of violence. You scurry about like a chicken with a severed head. If you hurry, you will make people laugh. I can’t handle it. Stop Earth, I want to get off. Why are you in a hurry?

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

the answer is yes, but after 1-1.5 years;
jealousy, quarrels and arguments in the family;
the message will not come;
disagreement, reproaches of conscience;
unpleasant consequences;
not your time;
internal strife, examination, reasoning, regrets, remorse;
inner excitement, indecision, uncertainty, doubt, restless (frightened) conscience;
confrontation, an attempt to resolve the issue by force, obstacles to travel;
family troubles, quarrels based on jealousy are possible;
incorrect assessment;
obstacles and difficulties in business, confrontation with someone or something;
forceful solution of the issue;
travel problems, the trip is postponed or not possible.

Situation and Advice

Eight of Wands. The Game of Thrones Tarot
The Game of Thrones Tarot

You may be feeling overwhelmed by things happening too quickly. You are confused and therefore unable to channel the energy in the right direction. Hasty action will not help you achieve the desired result. Be careful now and do not rush things, otherwise you may be strongly opposed. Expect delays in action. Your plans can be ruined, especially if they were related to the trip. There may be problems with traveling by plane or other means of transport.

Persons designated by the Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Сard

Those who are in a hurry to get nowhere. People that put others under pressure. People who can be expected to be attacked with physical violence.

In the Spreads

As already mentioned, the main meaning of the Arcana of the Eight of Wands is impending changes, events that will happen very soon. The situation will change, something new and possibly sudden will appear. It won’t be long to wait. In most cases, these changes are for the better. However, other cards of the spread will tell more precisely about the type of these changes.
The Tarot Arcana Eight of Wands in an upright and reversed position has different interpretations. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the spheres of life.

In an Upright Position

The upright position of the card always indicates some important changes or events that will occur in the near future.
The Eight of Wands means a noticeable increase in the pace in the affairs of the querent. Projects that have begun are moving forward quickly and without delay, while those that are already underway are moving towards an early satisfactory completion. The card speaks of the prospect of a business trip, and also favors the beginning of a love story, especially in the process of making important decisions.
The Eight of Wands indicates that it is time to take action, to begin the next phase of your venture. Time to hope and accelerate. Everything is in motion, so do you. Good luck, awakening of love.
The Eight of Wands indicates favorable events in life. But if there are negative cards in the spread, then it enhances their effect and means the rapid development of a negative situation. The card indicates that events will happen in the very near future. The innovation process has already started. On an intuitive level, the person feels this.
The culmination of long-term plans is coming. The person is expecting pleasant surprises from life. Casual meetings, acquaintances. But they are not accidental at all, they are gifts of fate. Problem solving, conflict resolution, something new on the way. The unknown will bring happiness and joy, a fortunate combination of circumstances. If there is a Wheel of Fortune in the spread, then unexpected events will come that will change the person’s life radically and for the better.
The card restores balance in the matter in which it was lost. Restoration of justice and happiness. The person has a “second wind”. The meaning of Eight of Wands indicates new strength, energy, composure, an increase in the energy level of the person. He will receive new information or a patron, an assistant who will help solve problems.
Tarot card Eight of Wands means a vacation, a successful trip, a fun and easy pastime. The person got the freedom he dreamed of. Receiving an important message, gift, surprise.

In a Reversed Position:

A reversed Eight of Wands Tarot card, on the other hand, means delay, stagnation, inhibition. It suggests that now is not the best time to take meaningful action. Also, in some cases, the reversed Eight of Wands may indicate a drastic change in the situation, for which the person was not ready.
In the reversed orientation, the Eight of Wands warns against the danger of too hasty forward movement. Rapid progress and other benefits of a good card can be canceled out by excessive zeal, leading to rash, ill-considered decisions and wasted effort. Delays also greatly affect the querent’s plans, which may be delayed.
The reversed Eight of Wands means quarrels, jealousy, internal strife (between spouses, business partners, etc.), confrontation. Everything is still in motion, but either the situation or its consequences can be unpleasant. Prepare yourself again, know exactly what you are doing. This is not your time, which means that someone may get hurt in a general fight.
Depending on the spread, the reversed Tarot card Eight of Wands can warn about problems not only in business, but also in relationships between people, be they colleagues, friends or husband and wife. The card predicts conflicts, confrontations to the querent and tells that events will develop rapidly, so the most important thing is not to make rash decisions under the influence of emotions.

Eight of Wands. Tarot by Alphonse Mucha
Tarot by Alphonse Mucha

The reversed Eight of Wands means procrastination and stagnation. The person does not dare to do something, he delays the decision. There are no good moments, the person always gets in trouble. He does not keep pace with the times. Lack of a clear plan of action, forces are wasted and in vain.
Disagreements between partners, spouses, business partners. Envy, lies, criticism. Missing opportunities and time due to conflicts and quarrels. People do not want to hear and perceive the questioner. Domestic scandals, jealousy, confrontation.
Questions are settled by force. Cooling the senses, dulling passion. Emotions are difficult to control. The marriage is destroyed. Cancellation of the marriage due to the fault of third parties. The situation is spiraling out of control. Mismatch of interests, directions and actions. The person’s thoughts do not coincide with his actions and beliefs. He goes against his mind and heart. Unsuccessful trip or its canceling. Unrealizable plans, frustration of hopes. Everything goes to dust. Loss of honor. Lies and hypocrisy. Fraud, deception.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
In the spreads for a specific situation, the card means a rapid change of events, a shift from a dead point, quick changes that are likely to occur in your favor. The neighboring Arcana will tell you about this more precisely.
In a Reversed Position:
It means a lack of development, stagnation, when nothing happens, problems are not solved, everything stands still. In some cases, it can symbolize the appearance of circumstances that the person did not expect at all.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
Tarot Arcana Eight of Wands usually means sudden emotional events. It can be falling in love or the beginning of a new relationship, a wedding, pleasant situations, etc. The general component is a feeling of happiness, joy, and warm feelings.
In terms of personal relationships, the Eight of Wands means revitalization and new incentives. This can be a quick conclusion of a new, unusual fruitful union, or a positive development of an existing union. In addition, the card can mean the moment of falling in love, love at first sight, or the successful resolution of a quarrel, conflict.
In a Reversed Position:
A reversed card in the sphere of love symbolizes doubts, procrastination, unpreparedness for a relationship, when a person has not yet fully decided what he wants. Or, on the contrary, too rapid development of the relationship, too hasty confessions and plans, when one or both partners are still not sure of anything.
The reversed Eight of Wands indicates attempts to put pressure on the partner, outbursts of jealousy and quarrels on this basis, an incorrect assessment of the relationship or an incorrect interpretation of the actions of his partner by the querent.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
Your love is so strong it almost feels like suffering.
In a Reversed Position:
You don’t have to date two or more people. This is dishonest and harmful to everyone involved, and tiresome as well.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
Your relatives are business people, and you do not sit around. It’s never boring at home.
In a Reversed Position:
Don’t be so anxious, irritable, and awkward at home. These people love you. You don’t need to prove anything to them.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
You are now so energetic and strong that friends can hardly keep up with you. Take the pace a little slower, you will be grateful for that.

Eight of Wands. Illuminati Tarot
Illuminati Tarot

In a Reversed Position:
Friendship is not only about constant phone calls and invitations to parties. Better to have one or two true friends than so many “friends” you don’t really know.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
Financially, everything is fine. Eight of Wands of the Tarot symbolizes good income, getting money, and sudden wealth.
Often this card means unexpected success, unexpected profit or money, a big win.
In a Reversed Position:
In financial terms, this card means spending, missed earning opportunities, and a slowdown in cash flow.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
Your study sessions have taken a new and exciting direction.
In a Reversed Position:
Your studies are now in an uncertain state. Clear plans are needed.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Upright Arcana in the field of work is dynamics, a shift in stagnant affairs, new projects and excellent prospects, fast and active work execution. An emergency is possible, so be prepared.
Here the Eight of Wands informs that if you had certain plans or expectations related to work, then they will come true in the very near future. If these were fears, then they would come true. The card also suggests that this process has been preparing for a very long time, and the results are already close, or that its pace has unexpectedly accelerated, so you urgently need to prepare for its end, although you assumed that there is still enough time ahead.
In a Reversed Position:
In the work, the reversed Eight of Wands is interpreted as delays, inhibition of projects or affairs, sudden problems, ineffective cooperation, conflicts. Circumstances that prevent you from achieving your goals.
This position of the Eight of Wands corresponds to the loss of control over affairs. There may be misunderstandings and quarrels between partners, and open confrontation with competitors. Sometimes the card means dismissal, reprimand from the authorities or simply confusion in business, financial and material losses.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Good health. The rapid course of processes in the body. If the disease is mild, then it will quickly pass, and if it is severe, it will develop quickly.
Overall health is in order. However, Eight of Wands can indicate deviations or stressful conditions of the body associated with hyperactivity. Do not overexert yourself.
In a Reversed Position:
Not too good health, slow development of processes.
The reversed Eight Tarot Wands in the spreads for health often means weakness, apathy, loss of strength after overexertion.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Yes, and very soon!
In a Reversed Position:
More likely no than yes.

Self-Development Lesson

Wait patiently for how things will unfold, rather than rushing recklessly forward. When you are presented with different options, carefully consider the consequences of your decisions so that these decisions are appropriate for specific situations.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a person who is honest, straightforward, not devoid of ambition. Deep in his soul he’s an idealist that wants world peace. He is light on his feet, loves to travel. It is difficult to find him on the spot. He strives and loves to work in a team. He is almost never met among single people.

Type of person in an reversed position:

Eight of Wands. Celtic Tarot
Celtic Tarot

Refers to a person who finds a diplomatic approach to problem solving to be humiliating for himself. He is envious, prone to condemnation, pressure on others if he needs to get something from them. He’s known for extreme impatience and inability to learn from his many mistakes.

Arcana’s warning

Do not try to do everything at once. Act quickly, but thoughtfully and deliberately.

Final Advice of Arcana

Do not be afraid and do not resist changes, they are necessary.

In an Upright Position:
Maintain composure even in a hopeless situation. After all, everything in life can change completely unexpectedly!
In a Reversed Position:
Hurry! Otherwise, it may happen that you will never be able to overtake others.


Eight of Wands has a simple and understandable meaning – fast changes. It can be a change in a situation, a change of circumstances, the onset of an event, etc. The main point is that the process has already begun and something significant will happen soon.
The Eight of Wands gives you the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming changes, think over your actions and prevent sudden events from catching you by surprise.
The Eight of Wands is an important card that is best summarized as an instruction for us to stop, look back, and look within. What are we actually doing? Where are we going? Is this a natural path, or are we struggling with ourselves to do something or to pursue a goal that is alien to our nature? This card encourages us to pause and take stock of our lives and our feelings, as well as our place in the world. It tells us to stop pushing and get some rest.
This card often works in conjunction with other cards around it. Wands can serve as arrows to point to another card nearby. In this sense, the “Eight of Wands” indicates the need to carefully consider the problem that arises in the Tarot reading.


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4 thoughts on “Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. My card showed a date with stormy hugs and kisses, a “spring rush”, the boy simply could not control himself and got me going… but it didn’t come to fruition)))) Stormy, quickly about nothing..

  2. I really love the 8 of Wands. She talks about the speed of what is happening. It often occurs during a telephone conversation or an expressway. Events happen to her quickly.

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