The 8 Of Pentacles represent hard work, attention to detail, and mastery of your craft. Practice makes perfect when it comes to the 8 Of Pentacles, and learning from our mistakes is what separate an amateur from a professional. The Pentacles in tarot are one of 4 suits in the Minor Arcana. Typically the Pentacles, or “coins” suit deal with money, finances, hard work and material wealth. The Pentacles suit in tarot is associated with the suit of diamonds in traditional playing card decks. The similarity is obvious, with diamonds being a sign of affluence, status, wealth and success. Pentacles are also tied to the element earth of the 4 elements.
The 8 Of Pentacles show a young man intently focused on the task in front of him. He sits at a work bench, engraving pentacles into gold coins. Hanging above him are multiple coins he’s already finished, and you can see that every coin is slightly different. The young man concentrates as he works at improving his skills, and with each finished coin the quality increases. The background of the 8 Of Pentacles show a town in the distance. In order to eliminate distraction and annoyance, the young man has secluded himself to a location where he can work in peace.
The 8 Of Pentacles has a close relationship to the 3 Of Pentacles in an apprentice/master relationship as well. Both cards show a young man with tools in hand, doing a type of engraving work. The young man may have graduated from stone work, and is now entrusted to work on more precious material. There's always room for improvement, and the second you think there's nothing left to learn and you've reached the top.....this is the second someone else passes you in ability and skill.
Attention To Detail
Lack Of Focus
The 8 of Pentacles Upright indicate a time of determination, focus, and hard work toward bettering yourself and mastery in your trade. This can relate to literally ANYTHING in your life, whether it's work, a sport, a hobby, or personal development. When you try something new for the very first time, you probably don't start at an elite level. It takes time, and repetition before you even start to become proficient, let alone master it. Learning to read, trying meditation, shooting a basketball, or driving a car all take years of practice and hard work before it becomes a learned skill. Drawing the 8 Of Pentacles Upright in a reading shows that you have the ambition, focus, drive, and the mental fortitude to put in the hours necessary to hone your craft.
We've all heard the phrase "Get back on the horse again", which means keep trying after each failure. Failure can be our greatest teacher, and as long as we learn from it, we grow and avoid the same mistakes (hopefully). When Thomas Edison was working on creating the light bulb it was said he failed over 10,000 times. When he was asked about continuing this seemingly hopeless project and the amount of failure he experienced his response was: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work".
The 8 Of Pentacles Upright also displays an attention to detail. The young man diligently works on the same design of coin over and over again until he is satisfied with the outcome. Use this same level of focus and attention to detail in areas of your life that you feel may be lacking. If you aren't happy with your current situation, or the results you're getting, then it's time to reevaluate your process and habits. Imagine leaving an important ingredient like sugar out of a cake your baking because you weren't paying attention to detail. Would you be upset with the oven, or the tools you used, because of how the cake turned out? "Measure twice, and cut once" as carpenters say!
Receiving the 8 Of Pentacles Reversed in a reading can indicate carelessness, and lack of focus or getting easily distracted. Instead of giving your undivided attention to a single task, you may have too many irons in the fire and the quality of your work suffers. Don't rush through projects or tasks just for the sake of getting them done, which leads to sloppy work and the potential for having to redo it over again. There is something to be said for being a jack of all trades, but at the same time being a master of none. Decide what you want to do, and then give it your all so that you can feel proud and accomplished upon it's completion.
Be sure that you prioritize things that are important to you, and stick to the plan you've laid out before yourself. When you're being pulled in different directions it can lead to confusion, and eventually mistakes. Create a roadmap of where you want to be, and start checking off tasks one by one instead of trying to complete everything at once. The 8 Of Pentacles Reversed also suggest being spread too thin, and biting off more than you can chew. Having a plan, and being precise are important, but hard work and dedication will still be a driving factor to your eventual success.
All relationships take work and skill to be successful, and the 8 Of Pentacles Love card is a perfect representation of that. Whether it's a romantic partner, or relationships with family and friends, they all require attention to detail and dedication. We learn about our partners, listen to what they say, remember important dates, and find new ways to show them love. By taking the time to become a better partner, it strengthens the relationship and further increases the love between you two. You'll never stop learning new things about your partner, which will add excitement and passion to your relationship. Taking time to become a 'professional' partner will reap tremendous rewards.
If you find yourself single and draw the 8 Of Pentacles for love, this suggests that there may still be more to learn before starting a new relationship. Take a look at past relationships, and identify what went wrong. Learning from past mistakes allows you to can avoid those situations in the future. This will not only benefit your future partner, but it will add to your self confidence and provide additional closure. Take the necessary time to get your heart and mind right. Concentrate on loving yourself, and the missing piece will fall into place.
The 8 Of Pentacles in a career reading signifies an advancement, or 'going up a level' in your work. Your hard work, dedication and focus are paying off, and haven't gone unnoticed. This card can also mean it's time to 'sharpen your axe' so to speak. Work on further developing your skills and never stop learning. These qualities are what separate you from the 'average', and make you an expert in your field. The difference between a novice versus a professional is obvious, and it can boil down to an attention to detail and mastery of basics. If you're unhappy with your current work situation, the 8 Of Pentacles suggests a new opportunity will present itself. You will soon find a career where your skillset will be better used, and appreciated.
Receiving the 8 Of Pentacles for finances shows that the careful planning and detail you've put toward managing money is paying off. By being thorough and responsible with your finances you now find yourself in a much more comfortable setting. Continue being disciplined and focused when it comes to your finances, and you will continue to meet your goals. Be sure to do the necessary research and planning when it comes to your investments. This attention to detail will give you greater confidence and the likelihood for greater returns.
What have you spent hours practicing on and working toward? In which ways could you pay attention to detail on your daily tasks? How do you focus on something and eliminate distractions? I would love to hear what you think about the 8 Of Pentacles!