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Eight of Wands

This tarot card acts as a breather from all the action. In a reading, it stresses that it is time to stop in our tracks and assess the surroundings before we decide on a course of action. In the time that we give our overactive minds some much needed rest, we will automatically be guided towards our optimal path. Being tuned in to our minds as well as our hearts is of supreme importance, as that is what helps us select the direction in which we will allow ourselves to be propelled. While we may need to start from scratch and juxtapose our priorities, we cannot let go of what we have achieved.

The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.