Following the meditative retreat of seven, the eight of Stones returns us to the world renewed and filled with Power. This is when we step into the role of Wise-one, sage, crone. After giving it all back to the All, we are able to more fully embody the role of one who has truly been there and back again. Others naturally gravitate to us for a wise and understanding ear. We become the mentor for those stepping into their Creative possibilities. We influence those around us with a touch, word, or the slightest turn of the head. And so, in such a state, we must learn the proper use of Power. This is not the simple power of wealth or age. Rather it is the power of influence. It is through our blessing (or curse) that others may step forward on their path. If we speak carelessly, their passions may be quenched. We are suddenly in the role of elder to a younger generation looking to us for guidance.
This happens regardless of age. There are some “old souls” who have played the role of elder since childhood and there are older people who may never embody the power of the eight of Stone. And so the now influential elder must carefully manage his own lusts that he may be fair, practical, and compassionate to those looking for his guidance. It is easy here to fall into a quest for power, the glory of being sought after, and the headiness of young admirers. Many a leader has fallen hard on this rung of the path of Wisdom. The eight of Stones urges us to use our power wisely and from a place of surrendered humility.
The duty of the eight of Stone is to use this Power to encourage others to sing their own songs and to follow their own bliss. When you find yourself prompting others into action for your own underlying desires, needs, and wishes there is a problem.
What is your relationship with Power? Is it a bad word? Or is it something after which you seek?
How have you seen power used in the world? How has it been used in your life by others who seemed to have power over you? How have you used it?
Does power have to have a hierarchical structure? Is there always someone who is “alpha?” Or can power be exhibited in a different sort of structure?
Think about the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” What does this mean? Do you think it’s true? How can we maintain innocent Power?
When the eight of Stones enters your life it is time to consider your influence on others. Are you using your Power for good or ill? What are your motivations for influencing those around you? This card is a great test because our influence over others is a great initiatory step and one that so many people never move beyond. Truly assess yourself, your relationship to power, and how you wish to influence others. Know you are looked at as a power-filled person. Use that power with wisdom.