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What does the Eight of Wands mean?

January 21, 2016

Eight of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Eight of Wands:
The high speed of our modern society has made us all chronically impatient.

I recently read an article titled “Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes: The high speed of society has jammed your internal clock.” (I recommend it!) It talks about “Slowness rage,” which is the way that “slow drivers, slow Internet, slow grocery lines… all drive us crazy.” This has come about because the fast pace of our modern culture has warped our sense of timing. We have come to expect that everything will come to us instantaneously, and the frustration we feel when that strange timing expectation is not met puts us in a state of impatience, impulsiveness, and rage.

All this reminded me of the Eight of Wands with its aspect of acceleration. Thus, I see that this card may urge us to practice the virtue of patience. But how can we do that? Is there is a solution? As it says in this article, “Can we stave off the slowness rage and revive patience?” Fortunately, it also provides a couple of solutions.

One solution is the practice of meditation and mindfulness, which are ways of meeting the present moment as it is, without trying to change it. Unfortunately, impatient people—the ones who need this the most—are typically the ones who don’t have the patience required for the regular discipline needed.  So this article has another suggestion:

Gratitude is a mental shortcut to more patience. … Counting your blessings—even if they have nothing to do with the delay at hand—may remind you of the value of being a member of a cooperative human society and the importance of ‘not being a jerk.’

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