Action and motion are apparent here, but primarily in the realms of
thought or beginning stages of a project or idea. The Eight of Wands card tells us not to rush ahead too quickly. Sometimes it's better to slow down just a bit and ensure you have a well thought out plan of action.
The Eight of Wands says not to take on more than you can handle at this time, because trying to do too much will be costly in the form of mistakes and later having to revamp or redo. As a writer, this lesson holds a lot of value for me with revisions!
The Eight of Wands is a great card filled with abundant energy. In this card we see all the wands(staffs) flying through the air. It gives you a sense of going ahead full throttle. Your ideas are in the process of coming to fruition. It is a great card of energy, however it is also important to note that in this card there is no real destination. The arrows are all flying with great speed, but there is no clear indication of where they are going to land.
In life, this card comes up a lot when the questioner feels great passion towards an idea or goal. They become so caught up in their ideas and excitement that they may get themselves in over their head at a moment's notice. When this card comes up, it is good to keep that passion and incentive alive, but also slow down just enough to come up with a detailed action plan. If you can't do this for yourself, it may be time to consult someone who can help you see all the details or tighten your focus a bit more.
Challenges with the Eight of Wands
A challenging aspect to this card can be a tendency towards avoidance through staying busy or distracted. Many times when we don't want to face something challenging, we turn our attention towards other things.
It's great to be busy and doing good work, but the Eight of Wands asks
us to take a deeper look. Are we staying "too busy" either mentally,
emotionally, or even physically because we are trying to
avoid other issues we don't want to deal with? Sometimes we become
preoccupied in order to avoid something difficult not even realizing we are doing so.
Another challenge posed by the Eight of Wands is being scattered, or dissipated forces affecting the quality of your work or other responsibilities. Sometimes you simply can't take on one more thing and still be able to manage all of your other responsibilities. This card reminds you that you do not ever have to be all things to all people. Prioritize your responsibilities and ensure that you are following a solid plan and not merely "winging it". Prioritizing and planning help you to feel more on target and less burdened with responsibilities.
Know that it is OK to say "no" today if you just can't take on anymore
activity. Resist the urge to feel you have to please everyone, and do
what it takes to get your focus back first.
Misuse of time and energy today can lead to regret tomorrow. Stay passionate, but take time to construct a good plan for the best results. Don't try to take on more than you can handle or feel you have to prove yourself by being a super hero.