Eight interwoven grapevine wands appear on a buff background. There is a red and yellow glow where the wands intersect. Sunflowers appear at the top and bottom of the card. At the sides of the card roman numerals for the number eight appear.
I chose grapevines to represent the wands because of the rapidity of growth - grapevines are very active and I see wands as the active suite. The wands are arranged similarly to their arrangement in the Tarot of Marseilles. Though the Marseilles illustrations seem to show flowers with fewer petals, I chose sunflowers to go with the ideas of wands being associated with fire. The red and yellow at the intersecting spaces of the wands represent the action and thought associated with the symbolism.
My RWS upbringing has taught me that the 8 of Wands is about projects and having lots of things going on all at once. Oddly enough, during the time I've created this card, I find that I have lots of things going on too.
Once again, I find the RWS limiting when compared to the meanings I can find in the Marseilles. I associate the number 8 with Justice, and I can see considerable balance in the 8 of Batons. My numerology book tells me that 8 is the number of material success. So by combining the ideas of Justice, material success and passionate thought/activity, I come up with meanings ranging from diplomacy and managerial action to just plain having a lot of projects on the go.
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Major Tom is a professional tarologue living with his girlfriend in Suffolk, England. He is well known internationally for his production of the international Tarot Lovers' Calendar, and in the UK well known as a speaker and Tarot teacher. He has also been one of the organisers of the recently completed UK Tarot Get-Together. He is currently working on Major Tom's Tarot and a deck and book set Major Tom's Tarot of Marseilles.
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