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Eight of Wands — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 17, 2011

Eight of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThe Eight of Wands illustrates a rush of energy, which implies moving forward in consequence of some inspiration or in pursuit of our dreams. This doesn’t mean we should chase base desires or pursue just any goal with unbridled passion. However, when considering a new endeavor, fear of failure or non-conformity may cause us to react with misgivings, apprehension, or anxiety.  But if a deep, heartfelt examination reveals our dreams to be in alignment with our spiritual purpose, we should pursue them fervently.

Similarly, this card implies spontaneity, the ability to live in the moment with enthusiasm and vitality.  We are not meant to trudge our way through life; we are here to live it fully, in joy and wonder, to engage in life with a sense of joie de vivre. In the 1989 film Dead Poets Society the lead character tells his students, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary,” and this advice is relevant to all of us, no matter our age or circumstance.

So today consider if there is something you can do to make your life extraordinary—wonderfully and beautifully your own—even if in only some small way.  Think about that, and then carpe diem!

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot

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2 Comments
  1. “when considering a new endeavor, fear of failure or non-conformity may cause us to react with misgivings, apprehension, or anxiety.”

    What an appropriate message of the day for me…I’m up this late in spite of the lack of sleep I’ll feel tomorrow due to the above. Scary ol’ world out there…hehe!

    Gonna try that carpe diem 🙂 Also going to pull this card from my favorite deck (Shadowscapes) and do a bit of study/meditation with it in amongst studying for tests and doing homework.

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