Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card
The Tarot Suit of Pentacles
The Tarot Suit of Pentacles is associated with the suit of Diamonds in standard playing cards.
The suit of pentacles is also known by other names, such as coins, discs or disks in some tarot decks.
The suit of pentacles is associated with the element of earth and material concerns. It is also associated with the season of winter, and with the direction North. As far as personal attributes are concerned, the pentacles refer to physical talents and mastery.
The pentagram (five-pointed star) is used to illustrate the pentacles in many of the most popular tarot decks. This is a Pythagorean symbol of health and knowledge. It can have negative connotations if inverted.
The 'Eights' in the tarot deck are often associated with strength. ('Strength' is Card No.8 in the Major Arcana). Some situations require courage and the cards numbered 8 in the Minor Arcana concern taking the necessary action even when it is or might be difficult to do so.
In the case of the 8 of Pentacles, the patience required by the Seven of Pentacles has paid off. The figure depicted in this card (not all decks include pictorial representations of the meaning of the cards but many of those that do include figures on most of the cards) appears to have developed the skills and discipline necessary to achieve his or her goals and complete the associated tasks.
The theme of the 8 of Pentacles may be described as 'dedication to work and to goals'. Some illustrations of the 8 of Pentacles tarot card depict craftsmen, symbolising the transformation of unconscious needs into conscious awareness.
Depending on its position in a spread the 8 of Pentacles tarot card may urge the querent to get back to pursuing and completing his or her tasks, especially if the tasks have been neglected.
Keywords and phrases for some of the many possible meanings of the 8 of Pentacles Tarot Card include:
- Learning and development
- Patience and perseverance
- Working ones way up (in skills, abilities, seniority).
What about the Eight of Pentacles Reversed ?
Some interpretations of the meaning of the 8 of Pentacles reversed include:
- Laziness, temptation to cheat
- Impatience, cutting corners, insufficient attention to detail, low quality of work
- People who obtain money (or other rewards) or who avoid payments such as taxes by unfair or dishonest means