Tarot cards give different meanings when they appear in combination with other cards and also at different places but here is a list of the Tarot cards which indicate Travel if they appear in your Travel related question. Expert readers can even derive meanings from looking at different spreads but this list will help the beginners.
Six of Swords
This is a classic ‘Travel card’ that always works for me and proves to be true as a travel card in my tarot readings. Three people traveling through the boat indicate travel, movement, and even re-location.
Eight of Wands
Eight of Wands depicts very fast movement. This card shows rapid communication and also fast movement like travel by air.
This tarot card shows a man on a chariot, what else can be a better indication of travel?
All 4 Knights
All the Knights are riding horses that indicate Travel. The knight of swords especially shows a rapid movement but all the knights are indicative of a Travel if they appear as an answer to your Travel related question.
King of Wands
Wands or Staves were used by travelers in old times. The Kind of Wands is holding a Wand in his hand and his posture suggests that he’ll get up at any moment and embarks upon a journey.
The Fool is happily going somewhere with his bag and all the stuff. The Fool card shows the start of something new and also a new Journey or Travel.
The Sun Tarot Card shows a white horse taking a happy baby somewhere. This card indicates a vacation, a casual journey and even a honeymoon.
Eight of Cups
Eight of Cups is another Tarot Card with very significant movement. A person is leaving things behind and going somewhere.
The World, Two of Wands, Three of Wands and Hermit are also indicative of Travel.
2 of Pentacles, King of Cups, and The death cards have ships in the background. If your intuition makes you focus on those ships then there is a possibility of traveling if those cards appear too. Pages were messengers in medieval times so a page also suggests movement and traveling. As you’ll learn to read different card combinations you’ll start deriving the meanings by understanding the movements. However, the cards that I have listed above are Travel cards as per my own experience, and many experienced tarot readers that I have talked to.
Many people want to learn tarot card reading but they do not know where and how to make a start. It is not always easy to access and visit a tarot teacher and time and life constraints make it really difficult to visit someone in order to learn tarot card reading.
Then what is the solution?
Well, tarot reading needs mindfulness, a connection with the intuition, a keen observant mind, and the ability to make a coherent story by connecting the dots. All these skills can be acquired by using the right tools and like any other skill, with practice.
I’ll share a step-by-step process here with links and resources that will make self-learning tarot card reading a fun, easy, and rewarding experience. So here are the ten tips.
1. Get a Tarot Deck
The first thing that you need to start reading is acquiring a tarot deck. Some people say that it is necessary that a tarot deck should be given to you as a gift but that is just an old wives’ tale. You can buy your tarot deck from anywhere, anytime, and start the learning process. Even though I am offering a free printable tarot deck on tarotoak.com, still I’ll recommend getting a copy of Rider Waite Smith deck. This is the most popular and easy to learn deck for beginners. You will find many free tutorials, data, and material about reading it. All the cards in this deck are adorned with beautiful and meaningful pictures and you can even derive the meanings by only interpreting the pictures. So just do not get confused by looking at a large number of decks in the market. Just acquire a plain and simple Rider Waite Smith deck. Also, make sure that the deck that you acquire is a legal copy and not a pirated one.
2. Observe the Images and make a story
Now as you have acquired a deck, what is next? Well take out your deck and observe the images. There are also numbers written at the top of the cards and names written at the bottom of the cards. Ask yourself these questions
What does this number mean to me?
What does it remind me of?
What does this picture trying to convey?
Look at the colors, imagery, animals, stars, moons, and symbols, everything in the cards, and try to make a story that the cards are trying to convey. Try to be intuitive and observant while making sense of the scenes depicted on the cards. Make yourself familiar with your deck. Keep it with you. Take it everywhere with you and just look at the cards whenever you get some free time and observe, notice, feel, and derive meanings.
3. Buy some Tarot Books
Many people will tell you to rely on your intuition while reading tarot cards. That is absolutely right but then there are some meanings attached to these cards and numbers. You do not need to memorize those meanings but you should know those meanings as well to feed your intuition. Like number 4 shows stability and structure, it might mean something else to you or when you’ll become a proficient reader, your gut instinct or intuition will tell you that it depicts something else related to the querent’s life or the question but you should know the numerological meanings of the numbers as well to know multiple perspectives and dimensions of the situation. Likewise, you should know what color means, what is the symbolic meaning of an object or an animal, and so on. To learn tarot card reading, purchase some good books. You can look into books and read the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads as well.
4. Watch YouTube videos
As a beginner, you shouldn’t stick with just one person and his or her interpretations of the cards and their meanings but you should have different perspectives. Learn to hear different voices and choose that makes the most sense to you. Many people have many useful tips to share and a fast and easy way to get these views is finding and looking at YouTube videos. You can use Youtube in various ways. Use some free tutorial videos set as a kickstart or find meanings of a different card every day and learn and observe how different people read it. Listening to people and observing them will help you a lot as a beginner.
5. Join Facebook Groups
I have already shared a post about various Tarot related Facebook groups on tarotoak. Joining a Facebook group is a great way to get connected to the community. You can ask all the apparently ‘silly’ queries that you might have and get instant answers from the people who were once beginners. Please remember that there is no silly question and no right or wrong in tarot so don’t be shy and be a part of a community.
6. Draw a Card Daily
The best way of getting connected to your cards is by pulling out a daily draw. You can start by pulling out just one card. Once you have the cards in your hands, observe it, look at the colors, see what message is it trying to convey to you? Then look at its meaning in the book you have. Try to find it on YouTube. Read about it on tarotoak and absorb as much as you can. There is nothing to hurry about as learning tarot card reading is a lifelong process. Even the experts say that they learn a new thing every day so take it slowly. Absorb it slowly.
7. Make a Tarot Journal
Tarot Journal is an amazing way to polish and enhance your tarot reading and learning skills. You can make a bullet journal, a picture journal, or you can just turn an ordinary spiral notebook into your tarot journal. You can also print these Tarot Journal Pages and make a small booklet. Note down your daily draws, observations, and interpretations in it. Paste pictures in it and write down the meanings. Write about symbolic language, tarot history, interesting observations, or any worthy facts that you come across. When you start reading for yourself or for others, take notes in your journal. If you’ll keep a journal, you will not have to solely rely on your memory and you can go through your notes and observations over and over again and derive new meanings as well.
8. Practice, Practice, Practice
Like any other skill, the key to becoming a good tarot reader is just practice. You should practice to ground yourself, practice to stay mindful and observant, practice to play with your cards, practice to make your own tarot spreads, practice to connect the cards and read those together, practice to translate your experiences in the light of your daily draw.
9. Integrate Tarot in your Life
I always feel that tarot is such a strong tool that brings changes to your whole lifestyle. When I started reading tarot cards, I had trouble with staying mindful so I started learning yoga. I started taking teas to help me with my health and intuition. I started making smudge sticks to cleanse my decks and started collecting different crystals. In no time I was reading about chakras and wellness and wellbeing. I think that just a simple deck of tarot cards changed my whole lifestyle and all changes that it brought were positive. So I’ll recommend it to you too.
10.Keep visiting Tarotoak.com
My last tip is that keep visiting tarotoak.com as I am trying to make it an honest and useful place for tarot beginners.
UPRIGHT: Swiftness, change, movement, speed, success, air travel
REVERSED: Slow pace, delay
Kabbalistic Sefirot: Hod
Meaning of the Kabbalistic Sefirot: Splendor
Astrological Influence: Mercury in Sagittarius
Yes/No key interpretations: Yes
Stones: Opal, Fire opal
Eight of Wands is the card number 8 in the fiery suit of wands. Eight is the number of authority and balance and suit of wands belongs to Minor Arcana in Tarot and it is related to passion, energy, vigor, and dynamism.
The Imagery of the Eight of Wands Tarot Card
The imagery of this card is clean, clear, and simple. Eight wands are moving swiftly at an angle. All the wands are at various positions but they are following the same direction. The problems that arise at 7 of wands got clear at 8 of wands and now there is a release from obstacles and difficulties. The staves are moving rapidly and they indicate speed and swiftness. The clear background of the card shows that there is no blockage or obstruction. There is a vast landscape with a river flowing by. The greenery of the landscape indicates peace and growth and the river shows the flow of life and emotions. There is a hill in the background that represents our long term goals and aims and a house at the hilltop represents the self. This is overall a positive card that is evident from its imagery. Still, we cannot say for sure that if the wands will reach the mark upon reaching the ground or miss it.
Astrology and the Eight of Wands
The eight of wands astrologically corresponds to the first decan of Sagittarius that is Mercury in Sagittarius and it falls between November 23rd and December 2nd. Mercury is the fastest moving planet and it is related to communication, mind, intellect, reason, language, reasoning, linear thinking, travel, and trade. However, Mercury is at its detriment in Sagittarius. Sagittarius also brings qualities of optimism, love for freedom, intellect, and philosophy in an individual. Eight of wands was called ‘The Lord of Swiftness’ by the golden dawn designers.
Eight of Wands Tarot Card and Kabbalah
In Kabbalah, all the eights belong to the Sefirot of Hod that means Splendor. The eights generally depict success. This sefirah is ruled by Mercury. This sefirot is on the pillar of Severity and eight of wands belong to the world of Atziluth, the world of pure spirits.
Eight of Wands Tarot Card as a Person
The Eight of Wands as a tarot card represent someone who is enthusiastic, energetic, spontaneous, and passionate. These people can take quick decisions and act towards their goals at a fast pace. These people have many passionate ideas and can work on many tasks at a time and can manage those well. These people can bring change in the environment through their energies and these can be excellent communicators. Eight of wands shows motivated, driven, and highly passionate individuals.
Eight of Wands Card (Upright) in General Reading
If this card appears in a general reading, it shows that things will change in your life quickly, swiftly, and rapidly. There will energy, activity, and excitement. This card indicates a strong possibility of air travel. It also shows quick communication like a chat on the web or emails or any other form of electronic communication. In a general reading, this card shows that the environment around will be favorable for you to move quickly towards your targets and goals. You can roll out various ideas or projects in the direction where you want to reach. You can be spontaneous and you’ll have the energy and enthusiasm. However, don’t be hasty and make decisions wisely. Also, you can expect some news or a surprise today.
Eight of Wands Tarot Card (Upright) in a Daily reading
If this card appears in a daily reading, it will be a great day to travel. It is also a great day to work towards your goals with speed and passion. Today you will not face any challenges or obstacles. Your emotions will flow in harmony and today the environment around you will be favorable and nurturing. It is a great day to connect to your higher self and to work towards bigger things.
Eight of Wands Tarot Card (Upright) in a Love Reading
In a love reading, this card might indicate that things will move at a fast pace and rapidly in your relationship. If you are single, someone might enter your life unexpectedly. Expect some change and excitement in your love life. There is a possibility of traveling together as well.
Eight of Wands Tarot Card (Upright) in a Career Reading
If this card appears in a work or career reading, it means that there will be rapid progress in the projects that you have been working on. There are chances of work-related travel. This card represents a favorable work environment without any obstacles or hindrances.
Eight of Wands Tarot Card in a Health Reading
In a health reading, this card might represent a rapid recovery or on a bad note a rapid illness and some kind of emergency.
Eight of Wands Reversed Tarot Card Meaning
When this card is in a reversed position, the direction of wands will be changed entirely and now instead of going forward, they can go back unless they are thrown with a lot of force. In a reversed position the water of the river will be unsteady and that will represent the unstable flow of emotions. If this card is in a reversed position, it indicates delay, the slow pace of events, sluggish movement, and slow progress. It might indicate a lack of passion and enthusiasm.
In a love reading, this card in a reversed position it might show that the effort that you have put in a positive direction is not being fruitful. You have to work really hard to make the relationship work and there is still a lack of progress. The emotions are probably taking control of the situation.
In a career reading, the reversed eight of wands might indicate that some work-related traveling is canceled or delayed. It might also represent that you need to put more effort into your goals and have to apply more force to keep the work in momentum.
In a health reading, this card in a reversed position might indicate a slow recovery from the illness.