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The Meaning of
the "Eight of Pentacles" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Eight of Pentacles"
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The Symbolism of the Eight of Pentacles

On the Eight of Pentacles card we see a tradesman hammering and chiseling a golden pentacle. He appears to be sure of himself and his work.

To his left, his completed pentacles are proudly displayed on the tree or a wooden wall. A single, perhaps uncompleted pentacle lies on the ground at his feet.

He wears an apron to protect his clothes, and he sits straddling a simple wooden bench. The skies are clear, and far in the background we see a town.


How to Interpret the Eight of Pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles card represents skill and mastery. It depicts someone who spends hours slowly working to perfect their craft.

When the Eight of Pentacles comes up in a reading it can either indicate a person who is striving for mastery in a field, or someone who has already attained that level.

Something well-designed or particularly well-made; Something that can be displayed with sincere pride.

The card can also represent a product crafted by a master: Something well-designed or particularly well-made; Something that can be displayed with sincere pride.

If the card deals with a current situation or dilemma, it may indicate that hard work is about to pay off after a long time — and that a diligent attitude is required for the remainder of the current task.

Overall the Eight of Pentacles is a very positive card, indicating not just hard work, but the intense satisfaction and increased skill that arises from it. The card also has overtones of financial success and career promotion.


The Eight of Pentacles Inverted

Even with perfect planning, perfect execution and deep reservoirs of skill and experience, some things just don't go as planned.

The reversed Eight of Pentacles card is one of those reminders that fate has a way of reminding us how small we are — even if we've prepared diligently.

While mastery and skill can ensure professional quality and personal satisfaction, there are always outside forces that can influence outcomes in unexpected ways.

There are times we should plan for those "What if" scenarios, and take them seriously.

When the inverted Eight of Pentacles appears in a reading it's a reminder not to put all our chips on skill and experience. There are times we should plan for those "What if" scenarios, and take them seriously.

The card is still mostly a positive one, as it references a skilled individual who takes pride in his or her work. But it does suggest that the universe may throw the occasional curve ball at us, making all that skill and experience suddenly less applicable than we had hoped.

In some cases, the inverted Eight of Pentacles can also reference a person who spends too much time trying to achieve perfection. The card may be a gentle reminder that in some cases "good enough" can be preferable to the pursuit of "perfect".

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