Are you wondering why this 8 of Air is so different from the RWS 8 of Swords? It’s because I’m looking at the energy of the number (8) and how it’s expressed in its element (in this case, Air — which is about communication, conversation, making plans, study, talking and listening — all that good Gemini/Sag/Aquarian stuff!).
If you remember, I’m following Teresa Michelsen’s vision of the numbers as 3 sets of 3 mini-dramas, plus the transitional 10. The three middle cards (2, 5 and 8) are the challenge cards in each of these mini-dramas. I see the 2’s as a test of choice; the 5’s as a test from the world outside; and the 8’s as a test of transforming the vision or intention of the 7 into reality.
In the 8 of Air, we see a small group of people sitting in circle. They’re holding council. One man is talking while the others are actively listening. Perhaps they are planning a political action, remembering the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt the ability of a small group of concerned citizens to change the world.” Perhaps they are working to achieve consensus on an issue that is important to their bonds as a spiritual group. Maybe they are a peer counseling group. Or they could be participating in the deep transformation that can happen when we tell our authentic stories, and others listen deeply from their hearts.
In the RWS 8 of Swords, we may feel blind and unable to move. It’s more of a challenge from the inside out. In my 8 of Air, the challenge has to do with making a vision into a reality, with the help of others. But it’s also about the challenge of working with other people in small groups. Anyone who has spent hours in circle, attempting to reach consensus, will understand the shadow side of this card!
May we all learn to give good attention to others, to listen deeply and to listen well.
This card is dedicated to James Wells and his work with council circle.