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How to Read Eights in Tarot

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I'm a professional tarot reader with 23 years of experience. For me, tarot is a fascinating system that reflects all human life.

Eights from The Muse Tarot.

Eights from The Muse Tarot.

Eight: The Number of Inspiration, Intuition, and Planned Success

The eights are dynamic, energetic cards that indicate transformation, movement and change. Drawing an eight in a tarot reading suggests the querent is due for a period of intense growth and accelerated development. They show up when we need to break out of old patterns, release unhealthy relationships or habits, let go of negative influences, or confront fears head-on.

An eight card in a reading also indicates success after hard work or years of study—the rewards for all that effort. In this article, you will learn how to read eights in your tarot readings.

What Are the Numerological Properties of Eight?

The symbol of eight is the symbol of infinity in an upright position. The number eight represents completion and balance. It also represents the third eye, intuition, and psychic abilities. To some people, it is associated with the element of earth.

Eight represents abundance and prosperity; it can indicate good fortune and financial security. It also shows the querent is ready to move on with their life and stop holding on to things that no longer serve.

It’s a reciprocal number, which means that any positive action associated with it benefits all.

Eight of Wands: Accelerated Success

The Eight of Wands shows a bunch of sticks, staves, wands, or poles heading either upward or downward, depending on your deck and perspective.

When this card appears, the seeker will likely experience a period of accelerated success and progression. The Eight of Wands is a go-getter card, the card of planned success, the card of opportunity. It is confidence, getting things done, and finishing what was started. It is the card of motivation, of inspiration, of seeing goals come to fruition through hard work and perseverance.

The Eight of Wands is the card of activity and events moving fast. It is a call to get moving, to take inspired action toward a goal, to let nothing stand in your way. On a practical level, it often indicates a group of people getting together to organize themselves to create a community goal.

If you're feeling stuck or unsure about what direction to take in your life, this is your card.

Eight of Cups: Intuition and Creativity

The Eight of Cups is the card of intuition, creativity, and a period of soul-searching. It indicates a time of introspection and healing, a period of letting go of past relationships and negative influences and opening oneself to new experiences. This card usually indicates a period of self-discovery, a time to explore one’s inner world, uncover long-held emotions, and heal past wounds.

The Eight of Cups is a card of letting go of what does not serve any longer; releasing the past and opening ourselves up to new ideas and opportunities. Even if it means leaving people behind. It is a sign that a period of intense emotional healing is coming to an end and that a new chapter is about to begin.

This card encourages the querent to let go of all the worries and stress of the past and dive into the world of creativity and imagination.

Eight of Swords: Release and Renewal

The Eight of Swords is a card of release and renewal and is often illustrated by someone trapped in a cage of swords. It is one of the most difficult cards to draw in a reading, but it is one of the most important. The way out is clear, but you have to remove the blindfold in order to see your escape route.

The Eight of Swords represents letting go of unhealthy relationships or negative influences and confronting fears. It is a card of avoiding neither the pain nor the guilt that often comes with necessary sacrifices.

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It tells the seeker to take responsibility for their decisions and to confront the emotions that got them to this point. It generally shows that the seeker is caught in a self-inflicted situation; the result of poor choices. Although unpleasant, this self-confronting process is necessary to fully heal and move forward. It’s time to enter the final stage of letting go of the past, releasing the necessary guilt and sadness, and then moving on with a clean slate.

Time to think objectively instead of acting on feelings.

Eight of Pentacles: Material Success

The Eight of Pentacles is a sign of material success. It indicates the querent has worked hard towards a long-term goal and is about to reap the rewards of their efforts.

It’s a card of creativity and resourcefulness; the card of the artisan, the designer, and the artist. The querent has a knack for taking big ideas and turning them into a work of art. It is also the card of the entrepreneur, the self-made businessman who has made (or is still making) their way to the top through hard work and perseverance. Someone who succeeds by his own efforts and not by taking advantage of others.

The Eight of Pentacles is the card of a person who has saved up enough to retire comfortably or who has finally accumulated the wherewithal to buy a house, start a business, or pursue their creative dream.

Strength from The Muse Tarot.

Strength from The Muse Tarot.

Strength: The Eighth Card in the Major Arcana

Strength is a card of endurance, perseverance, and determination, often represented by a lion tamed by a woman. A lion is strong, powerful, and courageous. It is also regal and noble. A bird flying overhead may also refer to strength because it represents freedom and independence.

When Strength appears in a reading it indicates that you are controlling your emotions and sticking to your plans even in the toughest situations. This card can indicate that you will succeed at whatever you set out to do if you keep your cool and act decisively.

The Strength card in the tarot is about building confidence and strength through self-belief. it can indicate that you need to build your confidence and trust in yourself. The seeker is able to achieve more by emulating the woman in the card… by gentle persuasion than forcing the issue.

Often modeling the behavior desired in another, works well.In other words, be the person you want to encounter.

When the Strength card turns up, the seeker could be facing a challenge where they feel as if they're not strong enough to deal with it on their own. They should know that they are. They simply need to start believing in themselves more and fight for what they want.

Whatever the case may be, learning to trust the self will provide the strength required to get through whatever it is that's holding them back.

Find the Story Thread

As always, the interpretation depends on the question, the position of the card in the spread, and the other cards around it. For example, if the Five of Cups appears near the Eight of Cups, there is an emotional parting ahead or currently in progress.

The key to a good reading is finding the thread of the story within the cards. There are commonalities and instances where one energy leads to another.

Multiple Eights in a Reading

When two or more eight cards appear in a reading it can be significant. Here’s a short guide to reading combinations of eights.

Eight of Wands and the Eight of Cups: A love affair that progresses at an extraordinarily fast pace. Pregnancy. If one, or both the cards are reversed it could mean unwanted attention or even sexual assault.
Eight of Wands with the Eight of Swords: Either the seeker discovers themselves trapped in a situation almost overnight, or the opposite happens and they are suddenly released.
Eight of Wands plus the Eight of Pentacles: A project, a course of study, or some other opportunity is presented at short notice. The seeker has to make their mind up fast.
Eight of Cups with the Eight of Swords: Love hurts, right? An emotional situation turns into a sticky trap. The seeker willingly accepts the restrictions imposed by another. They mistakenly believe it is the price of love and sacrifice their freedom.
Eight of Cups and the Eight of Pentacles: The opportunity requires a sacrifice. The destination will be positive, but it’s going to cost, emotionally. Only the seeker can determine if it is worthwhile.
Eight of Swords with the Eight of Pentacles: The seeker is stuck in a monotonous job. One that is difficult to leave because they need the money. They may even find themselves having to work two jobs for their financial survival.

I find tarot card combinations to be endlessly fascinating. You could try laying out three eight cards and seeing what your intuition tells you.

I hope you found this article helpful in reading the eight cards.

The deck used in this article is The Muse Tarot by Chris-Anne. It is a feminine, photo-collage deck with a different symbology to the usual Rider-Waite-based decks. The suits have been changed to Inspiration (Wands), Emotions (Cups), Voices (Swords), and Materials (Pentacles). All the figures in the cards are female, including the Kings, which are renamed 'Muses'. The Knights are represented by horses, presumably mares. It's a pretty deck and you'll like it if you enjoy a modern and different take on the tarot.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Bev G

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