THE EIGHT OF WANDS, LORD OF SWIFTNESS

Mercury in Sagittarius, Mercury in Hod

   Eight wands are flying across the sky. They are descending together at the same angle and almost the same rate to the Earth, which, considering the heaviness of the wands, is a masterful feat of coordination. Together in flight, the wands suggest the proficiency and focus of the intellect, a quality of Murcury, but suggests also a mastery and knowing that flows from a place deeper than the conscious mind, recalling the way a Zen master, shooting an arrow in almost total darkness, hits the bulls-eye. Your allies are also feeling the influences of Sagittarius. Sagittarians are full of adventurousness and eagerness to extend experience beyond the physically familiar. They enjoy exploration because their minds are constantly open to new dimensions of thought. In terms of the Tree of Life, it is no wonder then that the path of Sagittarius lies between Yesod, a sphere of the moon associated with the subconscious, and Tiphareth, the sphere of the Sun and the Higher Self. Sagittarius is an archer, and the flight of his arrow suggests the ascent of the mind to higher realms. Mercury also, in his role of the messenger of the Gods, suggests the quick and sometimes unexpected intuitions that are communicated to the conscious mind from the spiritual dimensions. The fact that we don't know where the wands are coming from suggests this difficulty in identifying exactly where intuitive knowledge originates--from the personal or the transpersonal, from a God or from some divine level of the self.

CORRESPONDING COLOR: Violet-purple.

QUALITIES: Experiencing the ascent of the mind to higher realms or experiencing the quick and sometimes unexpected intuitions that are communicated to the conscious mind from the spiritual dimensions.

POSSIBLE ADVERSARIES: The Liars (Mercury).

Wands:

The Seven of Wands.
The Nine of Wands.

Connecting paths:

The Hanged Man.
The Devil.
The Tower.
The Sun.
Judgement.

Astrological associations:

The Magician (Mercury).
Temperance (Sagittarius).