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Eight of Wands — Spiritual Message of the Day

April 12, 2011

“Love’s journey would be terrifying if we didn’t have passion to give us courage.” — Deepak Chopra (The Path to Love)

Eight of Wands -- Tarot of the Masters
When we fall in love our passion gives us the courage to overcome our fears of and defenses against letting someone else into our lives. We are emboldened to make a mad dash into the unknown. This opens up the wondrous experience of falling in love, which is a preview of what our pursuit of a relationship with the Divine can be.

Following a spiritual path—entering into an intimate relationship with the Divine—can have the zealous character of falling in love when we do it on the level of passion and not just on the level of intellect (such as studying about spirituality), which is where many of us do it. (Being a Libra, an air sign, this is my own default, I know.) But that’s like trying to fall in love by reading about it. Or we may travel a sacred path on the material level through, for example, tithing to a church. This practice is valuable, but you don’t fall in love by giving someone a dozen roses; you give them a dozen roses because you fell in love. Or we pursue spirituality by professing our love for the Divine, but this puts the cart before the horse too. Passion is like the lighter fluid on the barbecue of love. Passion ignites the flames, which then simmer down into a long, slow, productive heat of a loving relationship.

Does all this mean we shouldn’t read spiritually inspirational works, we shouldn’t be generous and charitable, or we shouldn’t search within our hearts for a love of the Divine until we feel the passion? No, of course not. Any of those things can lead you toward sacred passion. However, it does mean that we should ask for and expect to feel that passion, for it is the truest initiator of our ultimate union with the Divine. If you pray for nothing else in your life, at least pray for that.

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

  1. Deepnails permalink

    Thanks for that insight James. I too am glad you showed this card in a different way. It lends itself to a a better understanding because of it. You linked this card and your thoughts this with an aspect of following a spiritual path. I think I can also add the issue of trust here. My first instinct when I realised one of the figures represented could symbolise our relationship with spirit (or spirituality, was that they will be with us even if we feel under pressure, under threat or if we feel things move too quickly for us. They will either be with us or will guide us through. And the musings I had regarding ‘passion’? Made me think of chicken and egg. Do we enjoy certain ventures because we are passionate about them, or did the passion develop as time passed / our knowledge of that subject matter grew? Surely you have to involve yourself with something before the passion presents itself. Otherwise, if passion appears first, what is the basis of the passion? Bit deep there so will leave it before I tie myself in knots…lol. I really enjoyed reading this one. Obviously I enjoy reading all your postings but hopefully you know what I mean. Davina

    • Oh yes, I know what you mean about “chicken and the egg.” However, using the analogy of falling in love, you don’t have to know a whole lot about someone before you develop a passion for him/her. And then you want to know everything about that person.

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