Tyldwick - Eight of Staves


The target in this card has a central red circle surrounded by many smaller brown circles. The brown circles represent trial and errors - the many times the mark has been missed. They may also indicate distractions that took attention away from the goal. The arrows are a variety of sizes with different flight feathers attached, implying a variety of strategies used. They have been placed in a holder, meaning the challenge/game has been already played. Now we must wait to hear the "score." It is interesting that no bow is found in this card. Perhaps the bow is our own self; we take aim at the target (make a plan), supply the tension by pulling back the string (make the effort, do the work), then release the arrow (wait to see the results). I can imagine many scenarios for this card:
~ a teacher who created a curriculum for her students now uses it in the classroom and waits to see how well the children will learn.
~ a doctor who creates a plan for a patient, begins treatment, and waits to see how he will respond.
~ a person looking for employment who types up a resume and goes on interviews, then waits to hear if he got the job.
The Eight of Staves is a neutral card of sorts; things have been put into motion and the results will be seen soon.


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This pattern reminds me of the sunflowers from XIX, their seeds arranged in a Fibonacci Spiral, which occurs throughout the natural world. "Also known as the Golden Ratio, its universality and astounding functionality in nature suggests its importance as a fundamental characteristic of the Universe." https://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/magical-sunflowers/

The theme of archery suggests a need to FOCUS. On the range we have a single, clear goal, and both success and failure are clearly defined. Draw the string, take aim, and release all of your energy at the target.