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The Meaning of
the "Eight of Pentacles" Tarot Card

Skill
There is no substitute for talent and experience. A person of exceeding skill and mastery. A time for diligently applying what has been learned in the past.

[ inverted meaning ]
Sloppiness. A task that has been completed without care. A failure to learn from the mistakes of the past. An oversight.

Advanced tarot interpretation

(Applies to the upright position) The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:

A tradesman hammers on a golden pentacle, sure of himself and his work. His completed pentacles are hammered onto the tree/wall beside him and the uncompleted ones lay at his feet. He wears an apron to protect his clothes, suggesting that his clothes are nice enough to need protecting. A manor house is present in the background, as with most of the cards in this suit.

The Meaning of the Tarot Card:

Hard work over time is about to pay off. A "nose to the grindstone" attitude is required for the current task. The individual should have confidence in his skill, as it is about to make him a lot of money. The application of this skill also brings immense personal satisfaction and pride in work, in addition to the material payoffs. An exciting new career or new contract is about to begin, but would not have been possible without studious diligence in the past.

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