Tarot Numerology: Exploring the Number 8

Posted on August 10, 2020

The 8's of the minor arcana lined up on a marble table. An amethyst crystal sits in the middle.

Good omens from the Universe come in many forms. Maybe you’ve just seen a rainbow, a dove, or a $20 bill lying at your feet on the sidewalk — but have you considered what good omens may be a little less obvious, and yet are still foretelling your good fortune?

The number 8 in the Tarot is like this kind of omen; it is often a diamond in the rough, even if it appears to be dull and unpleasant at first glance. While you may not have initially seen the light at the end of the tunnel when an 8 appears in your Tarot spread, it may be time to take another glance to find its good fortune.

Explore the 8’s of the Tarot with us today below, and pick up a fresh perspective on what your 8’s of your Tarot deck are trying to tell you!

What Does an 8 Represent in the Tarot?

Right before the mysterious 8 comes the tumultuous 7 of the Tarot, which we know to explore themes like obstacles and challenges. It is only fitting that following this difficult number, we come across themes of mastery, accomplishment, and the final challenges before we reach the gold at the end of the rainbow.

This is why in the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the 8 is often represented by Strength, a card of hope, inner and outer willpower, grit, and balance. The card represents what it will take for you to get to your destination, but assures you that the resources you will need are already very much inside you.

And so, while each 8 of the Minor Arcana at first glance may appear to offer more challenges, seeing these cards is really an indication that you’re ready to take the next big step towards greatness. Consider it a blessing in disguise!

Life Path 8

The ideas of mastery, responsibility, and completion aren’t just seen among the Tarot, but are additionally relevant to those who fall under Life Path 8. They are practical visionaries — people with a plan who know how to put it into action, and often come into great financial success because of it!

Don’t know what your Life Path Number is? Find out with our free Life Path Number Calculator.

As true workhorses and dedicated souls, people who resonate with the calling of Life Path 8 understand how to put everything that they’ve learned from the past into practical usage for the present and future. This lines up perfectly well with the challenge that the 8 in the Tarot demands, as the stakes are high when we know blessings are on the horizon for us.

Keep this calling in mind as we explore the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, as all is connected!

Read this next: The Life Path Number & Tarot: What’s the Link?

The 8’s of Tarot Through Each Suit

You know now that your Tarot deck is secretly offering you a blessing in disguise when it presents you an 8. Now it’s time to break down how this can manifest differently from suit to suit, and what exact themes and challenges you are meant to be mastering.

8 of Wands

The suit of Wands is one of power, passion, and the fiery energy that is often well-encapsulated by fellow Fire signs of the zodiac (Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius). So far, it is a suit that has wrestled with problems of willpower, speed, and creative self-expression.

The 8 of Wands itself is a card of quick communication and speedy surprises. Perhaps someone is reaching out to you, or you are considering reaching out to others. Perhaps everything is coming together so fast that you’re afraid to blink.

As it falls under such a fiery and dramatic suit, it is no surprise that the 8 of Wands is a challenge of haste, and how you assert yourself to others.

8 of Swords

We know that the suit of Swords explores some intense themes of tragedy, loss, mental battles, and heartbreak — thus, it is only fitting that the ultimate challenge for this suit is primarily an internal one.

The 8 of Swords indicates that you may feel restricted, blind, and confused by your present situation. Whatever the issue, however, many of these ties and binds are typically created from within. With a clear head, open mind, and your wit and smarts that carried you through the rest of this difficult suit, this is a battle that can be easily won.

8 of Pentacles

The suit of Pentacles is the suit of practical matters, logic, finance, and material and monetary values. Thus far, it has explored the difficulties of sharing, keeping, and acquiring resources, and portrayed the journey that it can take in order to achieve the material comforts and abundance we often desire.

By the time that you reach the 8 of Pentacles, much of the hard work has actually already been done!

The planning, obstacles, and complications of give and take are already behind you in the previous numbers of the suit, and now all that is left is to put your plan into action and do the work that you’ve been waiting to do.

No excuses! The path has been paved, and all that is needed now with this card is your work ethic. Abundance soon follows!

Read this next: How to Use Tarot During Meditation

8 of Cups

Romance, love, relationships of all kind, matters of the heart, and spirituality are the main contenders for what the suit of Cups both challenges and blesses you with.

As a result, meeting the 8 of Cups is a challenge of your own independence, inner voice and intuition, and the ability to move forward from situations that emotionally wounded you — and sometimes even blindsided you completely. This card is a true leap of faith in believing that by moving on blindly, you will find love and happiness in whatever path you choose.

It is the ultimate act of self-love, but also the act of belief in yourself and the Universe’s power to bring you the love you need as your trudge on.

To summarize…

It might be hard to see where the Universe, or even just a simple 8 in your Tarot spread, is trying to pave the path to positivity and happiness. But the 8 reminds us that not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel, but that we also have all of the resources needed in order to find it.

The blessing is the reminder that you are capable of achieving whatever you put your mind to, as well as the fact that you’re almost done with the suit at hand!

Need a reminder on what you’ve learned leading up to the 8?

Catch up on the other numerology-themed Tarot articles in the series below!

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An honest Aries with a grounded Virgo Moon and Rising, Lexi Hikari picked up her first astrology book at age 12, and has loved the language of the stars ever since. She began her… Read More »

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