Birthcard Astrology: The 8s

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“The Mental Power Card”

The Eight of Clubs is one of the three, “fixed” cards. With their strong mental power, they are not easily swayed by others’ views and opinions. Many successful attorneys, chemical engineers and rocket scientists are Eight of Clubs, however their power can be applied to any of the mental fields with great success.

Their life path is one of the most successful in the deck. They can have almost anything they set their mind to achieving and most attain wealth and prominence but they must make sure their life is kept in balance as mental peace is essential. They have much psychic power and can be great healers. All of their gifts can be applied to attain great success and they only need to become aware of their true goals to have a life of success and accomplishment. However, being so fixed has its own drawbacks, mainly that it is difficult for them to deal with changes.

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“The Sun Card”

As the sun card, the Eight of Diamonds has the opportunity to rise to great heights in this life. Regardless of whether they make the move for great fame, they are always respected and looked up to in their work. They love to “shine”. These people are powerful and can be dominating. Their Eight power and position in the Crown Line gives them an independent and sometimes “pushy” nature. In any case, they know what everything is worth and can drive a hard bargain. They can achieve anything through hard work and the application of their inherent intuition.

When they learn to re-direct their power inward to themselves and stop trying to change the world, they can attain the lasting peace of inner power and self-mastery, the keywords of their Queen of Spades Karma Card. In love they tend towards fickleness. The Eight of Diamonds independent, changeable nature may resist marriage. They must learn to give others freedom of expression without trying to change them. They also need to learn to accept themselves as they are.

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“The Emotional Power Card”

The Eight of Hearts has “power in love” and all eights have to exercise discrimination and responsibility in its use. Both karma cards of the Eight of Hearts are sevens. This tells us that they will see almost immediate results when they misuse their power with others. With wisdom and spiritual awareness they can rise to great heights in sharing their love and healing power with others. Operating out of their fear, we find those who are the dominators of those they love and seek to manipulate others through guilt and withholding of affection and acknowledgment.

These people have high ideals about love and relationships, sometimes these ideals are too high to ever be met. They have great minds, make excellent teachers or they can excel in any occupation where a good mind will make a difference. They have to work hard for the money they make, but it can be made and they need not worry about it. With all the power at their command, there is little they cannot do, as long as it is not motivated by fear.

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“The Power in Work Card”

As the “eight of eights”, the power card of power cards, the Eight of Spades has the heaviest burden and obligation to use his or her power for good. Spades take us into the spiritual realms though many spade people cannot unrivet their attention from material gain and mastery. Success is almost easy for them, as long as they are willing to work for it — many of these people are workaholics.

They know that they possess great power. The test comes in how they choose to use it. When they work from a lower sense of values, or when operating from their “fear pattern”, they can use this power to destroy themselves. They need to be admired and will work hard for it. They make good providers and will often try to marry those of means also. Divorce is often lucrative for them. They can handle obstacles, which often serve as a measure of their true abilities. They have a profound healing power, and if directed, can transform the lives of those they come in contact with.

More About the Eights

Having passed through the challenge imposed by the Seven, the Eight represents a multiplication of energy, twice that of the Four. Where the Four represents good supply, security and foundation, the Eight symbolizes all that plus more. This translates as power — the ability to effect change in whatever direction they choose by focusing their energies. The number eight, in the cycle from one to ten, represents the point of fullness and the time of harvest. With Eights we see one of the strongest manifestations of their suit, shining examples of what that suit can produce or create. Most Eights are producers and hard workers. They enjoy watching their power manifest things so well and so quickly. But like any of the other gifts represented by our Birth Card, power can be used or abused. Eights are faced with this choice throughout their life, and it is a dominant theme that many of them are here to get clear about. Power can be used to help others and to create more goodwill and prosperity, or it can become an addiction and a means to escape from inner fears and insecurities.

Power stems from the highest power, and the highest power is that of God or the Creator. If it is true that all things happen only by the will of God, then when we are given some power to play with, we tend to feel as though we have a divine right to its use. However, just because we have been given the commission of power doesn’t mean that we have become perfect and incapable of making mistakes. This is the misconception that people in positions of power sometimes have. Instead of seeing themselves as vessels of Gods will, they begin to see themselves in distorted ways. They begin to think that they are perfect and infallible. They begin to imagine they are God-like or, in some cases, immortal. This is when power becomes dangerous, like giving a real gun to a child. If an Eight person is not aware enough to realize that they are only vessels of Gods power, they will make the mistakes associated with the misuse of it.

In the astrological natal charts of most, if not all, Eights, you will find a strong element of Scorpio, Pluto or Eight House energy. All Eights will behave a little like Scorpios, regardless of their sun sign. Pluto is the overall ruler of this element. He is the planet of death and destruction, and this Pluto influence has profound meanings to the Eight person. The essential meaning of Pluto and Scorpio is self-transformation. When the Pluto or Scorpio influence is strong within a person’s makeup, as it is with Eights, there will inevitably be some major changes in the person’s lire from time to time. These changes can range from the way they approach relationships to the way they think or deal with money. We might say that all Eights will pass through several ‘personal deaths’ during the course of their life. Some part of their personality will die, making way for the new. Like the Phoenix, the Eight person will arise from the ashes of their own burial to fly again with new wings. The eagle is the symbol for Scorpio, but it only represents the Scorpio that has undergone this essential transformation. This will be the same for the Eight.

They usually attract powerful people into their lives that match their own power. There will be some degree of power struggles or attempts to control or manipulate until the Eight person learns that the change that is really needed is within themselves. When the Eight turns their tremendous power back onto themselves in an effort to make internal changes, they access some of their highest power. Most of the Eights have powerful, spiritual cards as their Karma Cards. These represent the presence of potent spiritual energy. When the ‘little deaths’ occur for the Eight person, they are assisted by these spiritual energies and are reborn with even more power than before. The new person they become often bears little resemblance to the person they were before. Some people may even have difficulty recognizing them. It is much like the snake shedding its skin.

Eights all share this scorpionic legacy to some extent. They are the people that shine forth with all the brilliance of their suit to exemplify the best of what that suit can manifest.

Because the 8th house and Scorpio deal with the goods and possessions of others, by necessity Eights get involved with the finances of others at certain points in their life, often inheriting the responsibility of handling the estates of their parents and others. As a rule, they do well with this and can be trusted to fairly and honestly manage funds. Whether it involves the care of the family estate or managing the finances of a family-run business, they perform their duty in a way that is to be admired. The enlightened Eight person stands as an example of someone who has passed through the fires of self-transformation. The power that at one time was turned upon the world outside of them has been turned within and has effected a truly inspired change in them. They become reminders to us of our own divinity.


Text Copyright 1996 by Robert Camp – all rights reserved.