"Four white angelic hands radiating (two proceeding from each side), issuing from clouds, clasped in two pairs in the center with the Grip of the First Order. They hold 8 wands crossed four and four. Rames issue from the point of junction. Surmounting two small wands with flames issuing down them. Placed in the center at top and bottom of the card are the symbols of Mercury and Sagittarius, representing the Decan.
"Too much force applied too suddenly. Very rapid rush, but too quickly passed and expended. Violent but not lasting. Swiftness. Rapidity. Courage, boldness, confidence, freedom, warfare. Violence, love of open air, field sports, garden, meadows. Generous, subtle, eloquent, yet somewhat untrustworthy. Rapacious, insolent, oppressive. Theft and robbery, according to dignity.
"Hod of Yod. (Hasty communication and messages. Swiftness.) Therein rule Nithahiah and Haayah."
The Eight of Wands is Hod in the scale of Atziluth. It is Mercurial Splendor in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. The eighth Sephirah, Hod, is the sphere of the intellect or individual mind of the Personality. All intellectual endeavors are attributed to Hod, to which is assigned the Egyptian god Thoth (Hermes), the god of communication, magick, writing and science. This sphere is the perfect compliment to the emotional orb of Netzach. In fact the two must function together in the Personality of the Individual in order to maintain a healthy state of balance. Hod is the idea-maker, while Netzach puts the idea into action.
All of the eights in the Minor Arcana show singular or short-term success, but nothing lasting for any length of time. The Eight of Wands in particular alludes to swiftness of communication. This is a card of great velocity and speed, such as that of electricity, or the modern computer age. But the energy of the card is scattered and unstable. Mercury in the scale of Fire, as well as in fiery Sagittarius, is not well situated and its energies are rapidly used up. Great energy has been released, but has also been dissipated.
In this card the flashing colors of the suit of Fire are predominant. A fourth hand has been introduced which completes the Grip of the First Order. The addition of this hand refers to Chesed, of which the Water Temple of Hod is a reflection. All eight wands are balanced, giving this card its great strength, but which is dispersed by the symbols of Mercury in Sagittarius. The background color is violet-purple, the color of Hod in the scale of
Atziluth. Violet is the mixture of red and blue, the colors which represent the energies of Yod-Fire, and Heh-Water. This color represents Hod as the Water Temple in the King Scale.
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