Generally show solitary success; i.e., success in the matter for the time being, but not leading to much result apart from the thing itself.
EIGHT OF WANDS, Lord of Swiftness (Mercury in Sagittarius). Angels of the Decan: Nithahiah (iPntu) and Haayah(rPKNn).
This is Hod in Atziluth, the influence of Hod in the World of Pure Spirit. Mercury is not well placed here; it is in its detriment in Sagittarius. Its energies are mitigated and quickly expended in the Sign of the Archer, a phenomenon which Crowley has likened to electricity in his card. The divinatory meaning is swiftness or rapidity.
EIGHT OF CUPS, Lord of Abandoned Success (Saturn in Pisces). Angels of the Decan: Vavaliah (mini) and Yelahiah (rpni?'>).
This is Hod in Briah, the influence of Hod in the Mental World. Saturn in the Water Sign Pisces brings about subtle problems, and a certain introspection which manifests as a sense of disinterest with the material condition. The effect of water on Saturn is to produce discontent, the abandoned success, or decline of interest in anything which this card means. That idea is shown by Waite's figure which walks away from the Cups.
This is Hod in Yetzirah, the influence of Hod in the Astral World. The weakness of Jupiter (expansiveness), here in its detriment, allows the natural dualities of Gemini to affect its positive energies. They are cut back or shortened, by a desire to go first in one direction and then another. The application of Jupiter force in this sign may be erratic and unstable, or it may be intense and positive, though brief in duration. Crowley attempts to show this by making all eight Swords different. Waite, on the other hand, illustrated the effect of this condition of energies: shortened force, narrowness or restriction, a prison.
EIGHT OF PENTACLES, Lord of Prudence (Sun in Virgo) Angels of the Decan: Akaiah (rPfON) and Kehethel (i?NHro).
This is Hod in Assiah, the influence of Hod in the material World. The planetary aspect here is a very practical one which tends to cause concern with small details. Like the rest of the eights, any gain which may appear is limited, and "Prudence" is no great virtue. Waite's craftsman illustrates the meaning of the card in divination, skill, prudence, and overcarefulness about small things, at the expense of the great.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.