The 8’s Tarot Card Meaning – Swords, Wands, Cups and Coins

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The 8’s Tarot Card Meaning. This is a post covering the suit of 8’s in the traditional tarot card deck.

The 8’s Tarot Card Meaning Summary

ThemeIntellect, ideas, and scienceStrength, will and ambitionEmotions, creativity & renewalWealth, health & abundance
AstrologyGemini, Aquarius, LibraAries, Leo, SagittariusCancer, Pisces, ScorpioCapricorn, Taurus, Virgo
8’s – Card MeaningsCaptive by own inner turmoil, doubts or valuing opinions of others over our own.Good karma is coming…and quicklyWalking away from the things no longer serving you. Plan of strength.Mastering a craft and improving through dedicated work

Numerology of the #8 (Themes)

  • The Number 8 is the energy of the achiever, business sense, fortitude, balance, standing in our own power, and a drive for success.
  • Positives of the Number 8 are ambition, goal-oriented, accomplishment, karmic balance, endurance, capable, patient and determination.
  • Negatives of the Number 8 are materialistic, overly focused on personal reward, authoritative, dismissive of the views of others, entitled and ignoring rules and processes.


8 of Swords from the Tarot Apokalypsis deck (paid link)


  • Themes – Intellect, ideas, science, unemotional, bold, calculations
  • Element – Air
  • Astrology Signs – Gemini, Aquarius, Libra
  • Direction – East

8 of Swords Meaning

  • 8s are associated with Mercury and karma
  • Mutable / Gemini energy
  • Take time to think things through in the context of karma.
  • The querent is blind folded and held captive by their own doubts, inner turmoil and listening to others instead of themselves. 
  • Card of interference represents getting static from someone or somewhere in one’s life. The secret lies in where the static and interference is originating.  The source may be external or internal and can represent getting static from other people but it can also be self-sabotage.

Wands / Batons

8 of Wands from the Tarot Apokalypsis Deck (paid link)

Wands / Batons

  • Themes – Inspiration, primal energy determination, strength, will, ambition.
  • Element – Fire
  • Astrology Signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • Direction – South

8 of Wands Meaning

  • 8s are associated with Mercury and karma
  • Mutable / Sagittarius energy
  • Good karma is coming – fiery ambition, choices have been made and good news or welcome events are coming quickly. You don’t see the good that is coming. 
  • Swiftness (mercury), passion, don’t see the good thing coming. Double dose of fire. 
  • If someone has an active life to begin with, then it means the person will either continue at their same rate or will be busier than normal. The challenge is that because of the speed, you may speak more directly with others than usual and you may be short tempered.


8 of Cups from the Tarot Apokalypsis deck (paid link)


  • Themes – emotions, love, healing, renewal, creativity, divination, intuition
  • Element – Water
  • Astrology Signs – Cancer, pisces, and scorpio
  • Direction – West

8 of Cups Meaning

  • 8s are associated with Mercury and karma
  • Mutable / Pisces energy
  • Independence and karmic lessons good or bad. You’ve made a choice  and decided to walk away and not go back. Plan of strength. Walk away. Like Daenyrus from Game of Thrones – she has her dragons and she is cool.  
  • Pay attention to what nourishes you. Empower yourself to change because you’re ready for more independence. Do you leave what no longer serves you even if it is painful?
  • Trust your intuition. There is something  that no longer provides value to you. Figure out what it is. 
  • Card of indolence or arrogant pride. Can represent someone who thinks they know better than divinity or cosmic order – ego and pride. 
  • This cards often comes up when someone is emotionally frustrated with life. It doesn’t always see divine order but it is there nonetheless – reasons will be made clear in time.

Pentacles / Coins

8 of Pentacles from the Tarot Apokalypsis Deck (paid link)

Pentacles / Coins

  • Themes – Corporeal, finances, practicality, grounding, health, wealth, manifestation
  • Element – Earth
  • Astrology Signs – Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
  • Direction – North

8 of Pentacles

  • 8s are associated with Mercury and karma
  • Mutable / Virgo energy
  • Represents a near completed cycle – an apprentice who is still learning his craft. There is still more to learn and create and there is always room to improve. 
  • This card also represents patience, the “gardening card”. This is the card of honing your skills and improving through dedicated work.
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