The Eight of Pentacles

Tarot Card Meaning

Suit of Pentacles
The Eight of Pentacles tarot card

The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Eight of Pentacles shows a young man diligently doing hard physical work, engraving pentacle shapes into eight coins. He is seated on a benched, hunched over his work.  In the background is a small town, but he’s separated himself from home distractions to fully focus on the task at hand. He’s concentrating hard, eager to do good work and avoid mistakes. As he makes each coin, his skills improve and he becomes a master at his craft.  The cards’ message jumps off the page. It shows how hard disciplined work is key to become a master in any skill. It acts as a reminder that we born empowered to excel in any field, but that only with determination and perseverance will be succeed.

Some of us may have already mastered skills in certain areas of our lives up to a point where where we have already learned to apply self discipline. The Eight of Pentacles reminds us to take learnings from areas we’ve already mastered and apply them to areas we want to see improvement in.

After all these years and many situations, you’re likely to realize that you’ve gotten rather adept at self-discipline. That does not imply that you behave like a robot. You still have a spontaneous side to you, and you’re not disciplined enough in certain aspects of your life, but you’ll notice that in one area of your life, you’ve now become exceptional at committing to a goal, doing whatever it takes to stay devoted to it, and doing the legwork as well, when necessary. The lesson for you is to apply what you’ve learned in this orderly living area to your other areas of life. What else do you want to accomplish now that you know how to be disciplined? Transfer your knowledge — you already have it – to reach new objectives.

The Eight of Pentacles Upright

Upright, the Eight of Pentacles is an apprentice mastering a skill. When this card shows up in a reading it signals that you are putting in the effort to hone your skills and become an expert at what you do. You may have recently changed your line of work or interest, and now you’re focusing all your efforts to become a master in your new endeavor. As you repeat the same task, you work towards mastery of your craft, and through perseverance and concentration, you create success.

This card can mean further education or study to refine your abilities. You may already have proficiency in a skill set but now seek to master it – like going from a home cook to mastering French cuisine, or from Tarot basics to becoming an expert! You know it’ll take lots of dedication, but you’re willing to put in the time and attention. You won’t gain these advanced skills overnight, but you’re ready for the road to mastery of your chosen field.

More broadly, the upright Eight of Pentacles suggests working on the finer details of different life areas to continuously improve your situation. You may be unhappy with how things currently are, and know you need to make important changes to increase overall satisfaction. This card signals commitment to making those changes and giving yourself the best chance of success. Overall, very diligent, conscientious energy is present.

The Eight of Pentacles encourages persisting – your efforts will eventually lead to success. Yes, it requires dedication, focus and patience but each day you stick to your values and beliefs, you get a little closer to your goal. Keep working on yourself too, making ongoing improvements to be your best self. If you’re not actively pursuing goals, ask how you can better yourself or your circumstances. If you’re already pursuing new learning, this card encourages your self-development efforts will be worthwhile.

The Eight of Pentacles Reversed

Reversed, the Eight of Pentacles can reflect focusing on self-improvement and personal growth. You have strong discipline regarding understanding inner beliefs and behaviors, dedicated to becoming your best self. You may have ‘rules’ like only allowing yourself 17 seconds on a negative thought, or recalling gratitudes before bed. You’ll repeat these actions until you see results.

This card reversed may indicate a strive for perfection but not without a cost. When you obsess over every detail, you lose sight of the bigger purpose of the task. Perfectionism may also effect your flexibility and ability to adapt to change. Perfection is a myth.  Instead, consider living with imperfection.

The reversed Eight of Pentacles suggests another perspective towards hard work. Are you disappointed by the lack of progress despite all your hard work? Have you considered that maybe this line of work is simply not for you?  Maybe you lack the necessary skills/talent for success in your chosen craft. Or you might just be spending your time and focus on the little things that don’t necessarily generate the desired ROI. This is a good time to take a step back and reassess where your focus should be.

The Eight of Pentacles in Love

Upright, if you’re in a relationship, the Eight of Pentacles suggests you’ve put lots of effort, devotion and attention into the relationship. Your hard work should be paying off, with the relationship going well. Both you and your partner should be well on the way to achieving shared goals. It can also mean working hard to secure your joint financial future. Be sure to balance this workload with family obligations and quality partner time. Upright, this card should make singles feel secure – your efforts will lead to relationship success if you persist.

Reversed may indicate lack of conscious effort to maintain a relationship, due to procrastination or lack of commitment to making it work. It can also mean letting your tendency to be a workaholic hurt the relationship. This card can signal creeping in boredom and apathy. If you want to address issues, make an effort to show your partner they’re valued. You only get out what you put into relationships.

The Eight of Pentacles in Career/Money

Upright, the Eight of Pentacles is a positive sign for finance and money. It represents the rewards that come with hard work. Since you’ve been financially sensible, you should now be reaping the benefits, and be in a more secure position financially. This card also advises sharing your wealth with the less fortunate. Money matters should be going smoothly now. Your stable, independent financial situation is due to all your hard work – it’s not by chance!

In career readings, this card is a good sign if you’re job hunting or starting a new business since it represents success in something new. Even if you’re not looking to switch careers, the upright Eight of Pentacles represents accomplishments and achieving goals, so everything should be going well in this department. You may gain expertise in your field or become a professional expert in your industry. For students, it may mean receiving financial aid or a scholarship.

Reversed, the card represents financial uncertainty – so when the next opportunity presents itself, invest mindfully. It acts as a reminder that we should not be too stingy or greedy. Be smart about money matters and kind to loved ones and those struggling.

The Eight of Pentacles: Keywords

Upright Keywords

Craftsmanship, dedication, skill, hard work, mastery

Reversed Keywords

Half-hearted effort, lack of focus, poor workmanship, lack of progress, discouragement

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