The 4 Eights – Hod

Attributes of the Eights Minor Arcana and Sephira Hod on the Tree of Life

The 4 Eights

Analysis of the The Eight of Wands Swiftness, Eight of Cups Indolence, Eight of Swords Interference and Eight of Disks Prudence balance the energies of the Sevens.

Magical Image of Hod

"An Hermaphrodite"

Golden Dawn Grade

3=8 Practicus

God Name in Assiah


Elohim Tzabaoth is one of the principle names of the Demiurge expressed in multiplicity and positive action (Hosts).

Heaven of Assiah

KVKB - Sphere of Mercury

Path of Wisdom

The Eighth Path is called Absolute or Perfect Intelligence, because it is the means of the primordial, which has no root by which it can cleave, nor rest, except in the hidden places of Magnificence, which emanate from its own proper essence.

Deities of the Eights Minor Arcana

Egyptian Gods


The Lower form of Thoth, Mercury

Greek Gods



Flora and Fauna of the Eights Minor Arcana


Monokeros de Astris

Monokeros de Astris is given as the symbolical title of a Practicus. It is the swiftness of his motion which chiefly warrants the attribution. See Liber LXV, Cap III, v 2. he seems to combine the masculine and feminine element: on the one hand, the horn and the speed symbolism, on the other his white colour, his silver collar, and its inscription, linea viridis gyrat universa, which refers to Venus as containing the Universe.

Twin Serpent

Twin Serpent represent the Mercurial double current as on the Caduceus.


Sacred to Anubis.


Representing the dual nature of Mercury.


Moly is mentioned in Homer as having been given by Hermes to Ulysses to counteract the spells of Circe. It has a black root and white blossom, which again suggests the dual currents of energy. Anhalonium Lewinii has for one of its principle characteristics the power to produce very varied and brilliant colour visions in Hod.

Precious Stones

The Opal has the varied colours attributed to Mercury Opal, especially Fire Opal

Magical Attributions of the Eights Minor Arcana

Magical Weapons


The Apron conceals the Splendour (Hod) of the Magician. It  also explains that splendour by virtue of its symbolic design.

Names and Versicles

The Names and Versicles are Mercurial. They expand the Logos, explain it in three-dimensional (that is material) terms, just as the number 8 is a three-dimensional expansion of the number 2.

Magical Powers

The Vision of Splendour (Ezekiel)

Colour Scales of Eights Minor Arcana

Knight Colour Scale


Queen Colour Scale


Prince Colour Scale

Red Russet

Princess Colour Scale

Yellowish-Brown flecked White

This is the mystery of Mercury, improper to indicate clearly.


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