The Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Eight of Wands is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Eight of Wands Keywords

Upright: Change, Reorientation, Action, Fast
Reversed: Stagnant, Chaos, Hasty, Delayed

The Eight of Wands Tarot Card Description

The Eight of Wands Tarot card shows eight staffs flying through the air at high speed. Their speed symbolizes the need for quick decisions in life.

Moreover, the sticks stand for finally taking action and no longer waiting to fulfill one’s dreams and goals in life.

At the same time, the staffs strive in a common direction during their flight, indicating that a new direction in our lives is imminent, which we must not resist, but meet with all our strength and energy.

The sky is blue and clear so that the goal is clearly in front of our eyes and no gust of wind or rain clouds can stop the flight of the sticks.

The landscape in the background seems fertile. The passing river symbolizes the constant change in life from which new opportunities and potentials of inner growth and personal development arise for us.

Upright Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Eight of Wands indicates that you now have the freedom to realign your life. In contrast to the previous Seven of Wands card, now most of the conflicts in your environment have subsided and you can finally orientate yourself towards new goals.

Perhaps you had to postpone some projects for a long time due to lack of time or too much stress. Now you finally have the opportunity to put such long-cherished projects into action and develop yourself.

A new direction requires a high degree of courage, strength and perseverance, especially at the beginning, to break out of your usual ways and take a new path. In the long run, such a new path will be worthwhile for your own development as well as for your everyday life.

Another aspect of the Eight of Wands is that unexpected opportunities will come your way, both in your professional and personal life. However, they will only be available for a limited time.

You must be ready to decide quickly for one of these opportunities. Otherwise, they will pass you by irretrievably.

Don’t take too long to decide if you should seize the opportunity and don’t overthink the pros and cons of it. Let your mind come to rest and rely more on your inner gut feeling.

Your subconscious mind recognizes long before our analytical intellect the promising potentials and associated risks, which are hidden in new opportunities and will be able to show you safely and quickly the right decision.

The Eight of Wands Tarot card also stands for profound changes that will soon come your way and to which you should adapt as soon as possible.

Our life often holds unexpected surprises, both positive and negative, to which we must adapt quickly to stay on the right track.

It will be easier for you to cope with life’s unexpected turns by having an open and unprejudiced view of the world.

Holding on to outdated beliefs and attitudes will make it difficult for you to cope with a constantly changing world. Give in to the flow of the world and don’t cling to unnecessary baggage so that you can enjoy the journey of life.

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Upright Eight of Wands Tarot Love Meaning


As a single, the Eight of Wands reveals that you should proceed quickly and decisively in your dating and finally find a relationship. Often, your inner feeling will tell you within seconds whether a suitable partner is sitting in front of you on a date.

But only if you react quickly and courageously by revealing your feelings and concretely offering further meetings you will have a good chance that the flirtation will develop into a deeper relationship.

Because love often offers you very short opportunities to win a person for yourself, you have to act quickly and courageously.

In addition, the Eight of Wands stands for an upcoming change in your life, which will have a lasting effect on your love life. Such changes range from new job responsibilities to a move to another city.

In any case, you have the opportunity to meet new people and possibly discover True love. But you must be ready to adapt to the new life circumstances in the best possible way so that you have your head and your heart free for love.


In a relationship, the Eight of Wands represents a realignment in your life together. You have just reached an important milestone in your life together, such as a wedding or the birth of a child and are now faced with the question of how to continue.

Consider together which goals you would like to achieve in the next five to ten years and agree on a few larger, common projects. Through new visions that you want to realize together, your cohesion and trust in your relationship will grow.

Furthermore, the Eight of Wands in a partnership shows that it is time to put your ideas and goals into action now. You have prepared long enough and should now dare to take the final step to make your dreams come true.

Start making concrete preparations to realize your common visions so that you can finally put them into practice.

If you wait too long, the current favorable circumstances could change quickly. Thus the realization of your goals is again in far distance.

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Upright Eight of Wands Health Meaning

For your health, the Eight of Wands means a fast regeneration after an illness. Your good physical constitution and immune system enable you to recover quickly.

But your own inner attitude also plays an important role in the recovery process. If you look ahead confidently and positively,
your healing will progress faster.

The Eight of Wands symbolizes a reorientation of your diet or physical fitness. Previous attempts to improve your health have been only moderately successful. Try different diets and sports until you find the right combination for your health goals.

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Upright Eight of Wands Career Meaning

Professionally, the Eight of Wands encourages you to become active and advance your career. Don’t wait for someone to offer you a raise or promotion, but take the initiative yourself. Ask for a meeting with your superior and convince him of the value of your work.

Another aspect of the Eight of Wands is that you long for a professional reorientation. You realize that your old job no longer satisfies you and have been toying with the idea of a career change for some time.

Follow your heart and make the necessary preparations so that the change to your new job goes well. Because working with passion for something has a positive effect on your own life satisfaction.

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Upright Eight of Wands Finances/Money Meaning

In financial matters, the Eight of Wands represents a favorable but temporary investment opportunity. Now is the time to act, as the corresponding offer will not be available for long.

Although, despite everything, you should weigh the risks and benefits well. However, hesitating too long can harm your financial situation in the long run.

In addition, the Eight of Wands shows that you should reorganize your finances. It is often worthwhile to compare old contracts with new offers that are significantly cheaper for the same service.

Likewise, you should not park your money only on the account, but look at which alternatives with small risk but acceptable net yield still exist.

In your reorientation, reinvest only a portion of your cash deposits and retain an emergency reserve.

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Upright Eight of Wands Destiny Meaning

As a destiny card, the Eight of Wands encourages you to act quickly to achieve your desired goal.

However, the opportunity is only available temporarily, so you should act quickly. Otherwise, you will have to wait even longer to fulfill your dream.

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Upright Eight of Wands Personality

The Eight of Wands shows a personality that is very willing to change. She can quickly adapt to new circumstances and also change her goals if necessary.

Moreover, this card reveals a character that is actionist in nature. Instead of sufficiently weighing the advantages or disadvantages of his actions, he simply takes action.

Upright Eight of Wands Tarot Past/Future


Your actionism in the last weeks is gradually taking its toll. You should calm down a bit and replenish your energy reserves.

You have weathered some changes in the recent past well and proven that you are very adaptable.


Soon, you have to act very fast. Otherwise, you miss good opportunities. By acting on time, you will have more success.

You long for a new direction in life. Soon you will have the opportunity to change your destiny.

Upright Eight of Wands Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Eight of Wands encourages to give a yes-answer. With your question, the chaos is virtually pre-programmed with a wrong answer.

Dare to finally give a yes to restore your inner order. Every further delay will only hinder you so you have to start all over again.

Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Card Meaning

The Eight of Wands Reversed warns you not to rush into making decisions about your future life. While some situations in life require bold and swift action, you should rely on your mind and gut feeling before doing so.

Your mind can help you weigh the positive and negative consequences of your decisions for your future life.

On the other hand, your intuition considers many unconscious aspects, such as previous experiences or emotions. In addition to rational considerations, it gives you an important intuitive signal in which direction you should tend in your decision-making.

Rely on what your head and your gut tell you. Go into more detail in your deliberations in case of contradictions between the two.

In a Tarot drawing, the Eight of Wands Reversed also represents little decisiveness in your life, bringing the latter to a standstill.

You miss many important opportunities that would enrich your everyday life or delay them by weighing them too long.

Life rewards those who are willing to take a risk and fail. In the long run, such people make much more out of the opportunities that are offered to them.

If, on the other hand, you just wait for the perfect opportunity to walk in the door for you, you will, unfortunately, be disappointed. Therefore, be brave and grab opportunities life offers to improve your current situation or develop yourself further.

The Tarot card of the Eight of Wands Reversed also represents a chaotic phase in your life. You don’t know in which direction you should orientate yourself in the future, therefore, wandering in the dark.

You have conflicting desires and goals making it difficult to start a new project.

Due to the lack of perspective for a new orientation in your everyday life, you often start many projects in parallel, which partly contradict each other or stand in the way of each other, for example, more time for the family vs. a full-time at work.

To regain a clear direction in your life, you first need to clarify which life goals should have the highest priority and which ones you should possibly postpone until later.

Then you can gradually begin to implement them, whereby you should always pursue only one or two goals in parallel.

Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Love Meaning


In a love tarot reading, the Eight of Wands Reversed admonishes you not to rush from one relationship to the next. Often the fear of being alone is the reason why many people prefer short or constantly changing partnerships.

Through such a hasty approach, you will never learn to be with yourself and face your fears.

Especially after a failed partnership, it is helpful to take some time for yourself to reflect on what went wrong in living together and which aspects you should consider more in the future when choosing a partner.

In addition, theEight of Wands Reversed reveals a standstill in your love life. You want to find the one Great Love and make few compromises when choosing a partner. By doing this, you are missing out on many potentially good partners because you are holding out hope that someone better might come along.

Face the reality that true love doesn’t spontaneously walk in the door but develops between two people over a long period of time.

So instead of doing nothing and letting your love life pass you by, you should set out and gain important experience on how to have a partnership and give someone your heart.


In a partnership, the Eight of Wands Reversed stands for a chaotic living together. You have no concrete ideas where your common journey in life should go.

Therefore everyone does his own thing. You often get in each other’s way because one doesn’t know what the other is doing.

In addition, such a chaotic relationship quickly leads to conflict and disorientation. Sit down together in peace and try to arrange your dreams and goals so that you can realize them with united forces.

Another aspect of the Eight of Wands Reversed in a relationship is that you delay important decisions for your daily life together for too long. You either disagree on decision-making or one of you is too afraid of possible negative consequences.

However, such delays cause you to miss out on many good opportunities to make your lives more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Learn to trust each other in important agreements and listen more to your inner voice than your fears so that you can seize the promising opportunities in your love life and make them work for you.

Reversed Eight of Wands Health Meaning

The Eight of Wands Reversed represents a standstill in your recovery process. Symptoms of illness have plagued you for a long time.

Despite several attempts at treatment, your body does not seem to be able to recover. Support your healing by trying alternative methods besides your conventional treatment.

Furthermore, the Eight of Wands Reversed warns you not to be too hasty in pursuing an ideal of health. Often we want to see quick results when we start a diet or sport.

Expecting to lose ten kilos in two weeks is unrealistic and leads to frustration if you don’t succeed. But your body needs time to change, which is why you should do something for your health in the long run.

Reversed Eight of Wands Career Meaning

The Eight of Wands Reversed shows delays in your professional career. You might have to change your job and start all over again. Don’t let this get you down.

Most career paths have ups and downs. Learn from your negative experiences to be successful in the long run.

Furthermore, the Eight of Wands Reversed stands for chaotic conditions in your working life. You don’t know what to expect in your job tomorrow, because the situation in your company is very tense.

Try to get at least for yourself some clarity for your professional future. Ask for an interview and, at the same time, look for alternative job offers.

Reversed Eight of Wands Finances/Money Meaning

The Eight of Wands Reversed indicates stagnation of your wealth. Your expenses and income balance each other out. That means that you do not incur any debts, but you can hardly save anything either.

Look for ways to put some money aside at the end of the month. You can do this by reducing your expenses or increasing your income.

Another characteristic of the Eight of Wands Reversed is that you should not make hasty purchases or contracts. Before making large investments, it is advisable to sleep on it one night.

It can also be helpful to get advice from a trusted person before you make your purchase decision.

Reversed Eight of Wands Destiny Meaning

The Eight of Wands Reversed shows for your destiny stagnation in an important area of life. Often self-doubt and fear prevent us from realizing our full potential.

It is worthwhile to take a step back and question your own expectations. Afterward, you will notice how you slowly pick up speed again and develop further in the corresponding area.

Reversed Eight of Wands Personality

The Eight of Swords Reversed represents a hesitant person. He does not like to make decisions and tries everything to push them back in time.

Furthermore, this card describes a character who often sinks into his own chaos. Fixed structures and processes are rather foreign to him so he often needs a long time to find a clear line in life.

Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Past/Future


Recently there have been some delays in your plans. Look for the causes that have held up your progress.

You have already had several periods of stagnation in the past. Remember how you became active again.


You are facing chaotic times that can throw you off balance. Try to structure yourself well so you do not lose your red thread.

You want to finish a long-awaited project. But a hasty approach will only move you further away from your goal.

Reversed Eight of Wands Tarot Card – Yes or No

You have drawn your conclusions too hastily in this matter and should rather think about it again.

A no means a reorientation of your previous opinion, but in the long run, it brings you closer to your actual goal.

The Wands Tarot Card Meanings