Eight of Pentacles Tarot Meaning

Eight of Pentacles Tarot Guide

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This post is intended to be a mini Eight of Pentacles Tarot Guide. It is important to mention that the longer you work with the cards the more you will discover how they speak to you. For example, the Eight of Pentacles does have a theme and traditional meaning but I recommend leaving “space” for the card to speak to you. Over time, you may discover that the card represents unique insights or themes for you personally.

Suit of Pentacles Summary

Numerology of the #8 – Themes

  • The Number 8 is the energy of the achiever, business sense, fortitude, balance, standing in our own power, and a drive for success.
  • Positives of the Number 8 are ambition, goal-oriented, accomplishment, karmic balance, endurance, capability, patience, and determination.
  • Negatives of the Number 8 are materialistic, overly focused on personal reward, authoritative, dismissive of the views of others, entitled, and ignoring rules and processes.

Eight of Pentacles Tarot – Upright Meaning

  • Represents Mercury, mutable / Virgo energy
  • The 8 of Pentacles often represents someone who is involved in the arts and they are still an apprentice – they haven’t mastered the craft yet. This card is about aspirations and seeking to master the work they are doing and it often shows up for those who are aspiring to turn their natural talent into a small business venture. The querent should be aware that their hard work will eventually pay off and they will reap rewards. 
  • Keywords associated with this card are: hard work, attention to detail, still more to learn, always room to improve, patience, and diligence.
  • This is the card of honing skills and improving through dedicated work and handiwork. Working hard at what you love and proudly showing your talents and accomplishments. Trust the process and know that results will be realized.
  • Difference between the 3 of Pentacles and 8 of Pentacles:
    • 3 of Pentacles is about the master artist or craftsman who is receiving recognition for their work.
    • 8 of Pentacles is the apprentice who is still working to master their craft.

Shadow Side of the Eight of Pentacles

  • The 8 of Pentacles reversed indicates that the querent is not working hard enough and wasting their talents. They are highly talented and are not leaning into or utilizing their skills as much as they could be. 
  • If the reading is in reference to a project that had previously been identified as a low priority, this card is saying that it is time to make it a higher priority and start working on it again. 
  • The querent needs to shift their perspective and release any attachments to the outcome of the situation at hand. They should focus on staying grounded and enjoying the journey. They should also accept that there will be highs and low’s in the situation in question.

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