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Tarot Card Meanings:
Eight of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles: Overview and Symbols

The Eight of Pentacles signifies dedication, apprenticeship, and honing your skills. It depicts a figure crafting intricate designs on coins, symbolizing a deep focus on mastering a specific task.

Some Specific Symbols and Their Meanings in the Rider Waite Smith Tarot

  • Central figure: A young person meticulously engraving designs on large, golden coins. This symbolizes focus, diligence, and the act of refining one’s craft.
  • Eight golden pentacles: Represent the fruits of labor, progress made, and potential for further mastery.
  • Tools of the trade: The hammer and chisel represent the effort and skill required to achieve mastery.
  • Landscaped background: Suggests a world of possibilities beyond the immediate task, hinting at future accomplishments.
  • Simple attire: Signifies a dedication to the work itself, rather than materialistic gain.
eight of pentacles from the rider waite smith tarot
The Eight of Pentacles as depicted in the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot by A.E. White, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

Eight of Pentacles: Card Meanings

Keywords/Phrases: Diligence, hard work, apprenticeship, learning, attention to detail and quality, progress, improvement, commitment to achieving mastery

The Eight of Pentacles is about dedication and the journey of mastering a skill. It’s about putting in the hard work, refining your approach, and finding satisfaction in the quality of your work. This card encourages perseverance and focus, reminding you that progress and achievement come from steady effort and a commitment to excellence.

Eight of Pentacles: Reversed Card Meanings

Keywords/Phrases: Procrastination, laziness, lack of skill or talent, perfectionism or fear of failure, busywork that doesn’t lead to progress, feeling disconnected from your work

When reversed, the Eight of Pentacles suggests a lack of focus or direction in your work. You might be feeling stuck, unmotivated, or unsure if your efforts are worthwhile. This reversed card encourages you to re-evaluate your approach. Are you working on the right things? Do you need to develop new skills or seek guidance? It might be time to take a break, reassess your goals, and find a renewed sense of purpose in your work.

Gallery: Eight of Pentacles in Various Decks

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