Eight of Wands

Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretation

Eight of Wands Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meaning

Symbolism and Interpretation

The Eight of Wands


An archer stands atop a castle wall and holds a bow and arrow ready to shoot. The archer is focused and aiming towards a target that is not visible in the card. An additional arrow is ready, standing point down in the ground at the archer’s feet. The archer has on their back a quiver holding six additional arrows.

A faint translucent image of a winged angel wearing a laurel wreath headdress and holding up a second wreath is visible against the sky. Overhead, eight geese are flying in a V formation.




Upright Meaning

Energy, movement, initiative. A situation is in transit. Quick decisions.

Inspiration. Creative forces. The arrows or wands of thought aimed and flying towards their target.

Messages, communications.  Clearing the air. Receiving a sign or signs that help direct your decisions.

Business travel.  A potentially dangerous situation that must be addressed or passed through. This is an important time to keep your wits about you and to be aware of your surroundings. Advance preparation and skill can make the difference between success and failure.

A potentially life-changing opportunity that will not wait. Act quickly or it will no longer be available.

Becoming un-stuck. Obstacles and blockages are removed.

Reversed Meaning

Delay, disrupted plans. Disarray. Missing the mark. A situation crashes and burns. One is hit by “friendly fire”.

The chickens are coming home to roost.

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