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Tarot Card of the Week, Sept. 12-18, 2016: Eight of Wands

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh

In this last full week of Summer in the northern hemisphere, Winter in the lands below the Equator, and a Full Moon Eclipse for all — up in the sky, look! It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! It’s the Eight of Wands!

The eights of the Tarot are about abilities, self-directed action, and moving ahead. And Wands correspond to fire, movement, growth, and creative energy.

So here we have a powerful image of eight wands, flying like arrows, all in alignment and balance. The wands are approaching the Earth, so the fire is finding its goal. What a contrast to the other recent Eight we had at the end of August!

This is one of the simplest images in Pamela Colman Smith’s deck, and the only card that has no humans. Okay, yes, the Three of Swords has no human figures, but is, after all, a human heart.

We see a hill with a faraway building, rolling fields, and a river. All of the attention is on eight staves, lined up neatly parallel to one another, soaring through a bright blue sky.

I love that this is the card that follows last week’s Fool, which, in turn, followed several cards that were about stuckness, fear, and procrastination. After all that hesitation, The Fool has taken the flying leap, and the Eight of Wands is now the well-organized burst of forward momentum.

In addition, I should mention that this card is associated with Mercury in Sagittarius, which will occur the weekend after the U.S. Election Day. This would suggest that we prepare.

Ready, Aim, Fire!

You may be in the midst of a situation that requires (or is the result of) rapid information being distributed. And it would not be surprising if you are finding yourself a little too busy right now, with projects and commitments up in the air.

It doesn’t help that we are in the throes of a Mercury retrograde, which can make communications, travel, technology, and business deals unstable and prone to error.

If the changes are happening too fast, moderate the pace a little by staying organized and focused. (Mercury can be helpful in this instance, since he is transiting the sign of well-ordered Virgo).

Simplifying and streamlining will also do wonders for a more successful outcome.

This is not the time to be distracted or impulsive, but to concentrate. Prepare for blast-off as you fire up each component that supports your most important priorities. Serendipity and synchronicity are working in your favor, so pay attention to coincidences and luck.

Life now offers an invitation to become more lighthearted. Just be careful that your desires do not lead you into a poorly considered, impetuous drama, especially if you find yourself falling head over heals in love.

That’s because another traditional interpretation of this card is, as Arthur Waite describes it, the Arrows of Love.

So this could be action regarding a love affair, or proposals offered and accepted. There is a sense of haste, so you may be urgently infatuated, with all your energy going into seeking the rapid, most immediate possible gratification of your passions.

An Eclipse in the Pisces-Virgo Axis

As Annie Heese at Cafe Astrology notes:

A FULL MOON Lunar Eclipse occurs on Friday, September 16, 2016, at 3:05 PM EDT. On Friday afternoon, the Full Moon is exact, when the Sun in Virgo forms an opposition with the Moon in Pisces.

The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which began at the New Moon. It is an emotional time–a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships.

Lunar Eclipses are about relationships and polarities. With the Virgo-Pisces service axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives.

We are pushed to find a balance between day-to-day functions and routines, physical health, and the need for order (Virgo) and vision, spiritual health, disorder, and the infinite (Pisces).

Virgo rules the tools and techniques that we use to deal with day-to-day life, while Pisces rules the tools that we use to deal with our spiritual selves.

This energy echoes the energies of the Saturn-Neptune square [which has been powerfully influencing us and had its last exact confrontation on Saturday the 10th – B.] in some ways, pitting realism against idealism. The key to balance lies in identifying and expressing our spiritual needs while maintaining order in our everyday lives.

Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire–we would either be living in chaos or excessive order…

Thus, I would hope that with our card, we have found a powerful, creative way to line up all the once-small steps of change into a greater whole.

A Harvest of Desire’s Success

Under this coming Harvest Moon, what desired bounty is yours to embrace? Afterwards, what then needs clearing, and more simplicity for the days ahead?

Once you have consolidated your energy in a more deliberate way, you can move swiftly forward.

Wands do not go flying in this highly organized pattern without careful preparation. Frantic action for its own sake is unhelpful. This is not the time for multi-tasking, busywork, or scattered ambitions.

Remember the first rule of magick: Intention is everything. Be clear and specific about what you want. Prioritize. Commit to your most cherished targets, and launch your best efforts.

Success is in the air!