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What I See:

This card is similar to the traditional one. I think of wishing on stars, looking for the first star in the night sky. There’s a feeling of distance. The horizon looks to be a long way away. I’m struck by a sense of vastness. I have a visual of Lee Ann Womack’s I Hope You Dance — sure, she was talking about the ocean, but I think the same applies with a meteor shower. Meteors certainly speak to the Fire element. There’s a sense of fleeting. A fleeting moment. A fleeting opportunity. A fleeting emotion. A sense of embracing the spectacular.

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

Strike when the iron, or inspiration, is hot.

  • Keywords: Excitement, Movement, Travel, or Communication.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of being resistant to change.

  • Keywords: Impulsiveness, Hysteria, Discord, or Thoughtlessness.


A nature story? How about camping and sleeping under the night sky? Wishing on a star?

A space story? Perhaps those are escape pods landing on an alien planet? Or are they aliens landing on Earth?

Maybe fireworks?

It almost looks like the flaming tips of arrows. A war? A siege? Perhaps Cupid’s arrows, how about a romance?

  • Eight Themes: Taking Action, Energy, Self-directed Movement, Empowerment, or Transforming Vision into Reality.

According to Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner the Eight of Wands is “associated with long-distance travel and messages.” What about a long-distance romance? A chat-room affair?


Filled with awe and wonder.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

For more information on the Eights in general, please refer back to the Eight of Earth.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide