Card Meaning: Eight Of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles


 The first thing we can sense in this card is dedication. This sort of dedication is self sufficient and it seeks its reward only in perfection of things it produces. The pentacles on this card are listed as trophies of that dedication and hard work. We can not be sure if this is an apprentice or a master, but we can be sure that through learning process an apprentice will surely become a master of the craft. Through dedication in material work without a need for the reward, one can even reach the heights of spiritual development. Maybe the oriental philosophy described as Karma-Yoga can be the nearest example we could attach to this card.


Positive: orientation to details, employment, skill, savings, satisfaction through work, apprenticeship, learning.

Negative: dishonesty, intrigue, lack of ambition and direction, lost opportunities.

   An artist in stone at his work, which he exhibits in the form of trophies. Divinatory Meanings: Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and business, perhaps in the preparatory stage. Reversed: Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury. It may also signify the possession of skill, in the sense of the ingenious mind turned to cunning and intrigue.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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