The Eight of Pentacles is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.
Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.
In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.
The Eight of Pentacles Keywords
Upright: Zeal, Knowledge, Pedantic, Diligence
Reversed: Lack of ambition, Self-sacrificing, Perfectionism, Shallow
The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Description
The Eight of Pentacles shows a craftsman who is very absorbed and highly concentrated in his work, making coins. He uses all his knowledge and experience to bring the Pentacles into the desired shape and decorate them accordingly.
With his hammer and chisel, he works the engraving into his work very pedantically and does not allow himself to be distracted. He has already painstakingly produced six pentacles and has hung them on the wall as motivation and to further fuel his zeal at work.
One disc is still in progress, while the last one is still on the floor. The blacksmith will not rest until the last coin has been created to his liking.
The more he immerses himself in his work, the greater his knowledge and dexterity will become so that future jobs will be easier for him.
A small town is visible in the background, but the blacksmith ignores it completely for the moment, forsaking all distraction as he is determined to complete his work.
The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning
The Eight of Pentacles Tarot card encourages you not to slacken in your zeal to achieve your goals.
Only if you are ready to use all your energy and strength to make your dreams come true, you will see correspondingly satisfying results at the end of the day.
Have always your goal in mind because there will always be phases during your project that can hold some obstacles and set you back.
The more you progress in your project, the better your motivation is to master the last part of your way. Thereby you will mobilize unimagined energy reserves, which will help you to master the last hurdles before your goal.
Another meaning of the Eight of Pentacles is that you should always strive to increase your knowledge and skills and reach the highest level of perfection.
It is important to show good perseverance because mastery in a field requires many repetitions, the will to learn and constant reflection on your work.
The 10,000 rule states that you must invest at least 10,000 hours of hard, quality work to achieve excellence in an area.
But even 100 or 1000 hours of practice will make your skills and knowledge far above average. Therefore, try to spend a set amount of time on your skills every day and you will steadily increase your knowledge over time.
The Eight of Pentacles encourages you not to slacken your efforts and to carry out your plans. You have a very pedantic way of working and pay meticulous attention to every detail of your plans.
The high demands on your work require a great deal of time and effort from you. Only then your results will develop according to your ideas.
You treat every little detail with care and try to work it to the highest perfection so that your overall work is of high quality in the end.
Your effort and diligence will pay off and you will feel a deep satisfaction about your work and even your environment will recognize that you are a true master in your field.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed shows that you show too little ambition in realizing your goals in life. Therefore you are not able to realize many of your plans.
Instead of making an exact plan about your approach, you just work on it and eventually come to the point where you no longer know in which direction you need to move forward.
When faced with smaller obstacles, you quickly give up and try to distract yourself elsewhere, which causes many of your plans to come to a standstill.
Instead of always taking the path of least resistance, you should try to implement smaller projects first and learn perseverance and endurance to venture into larger projects later.
In a Tarot reading, the Eight of Pentacles Reversed means that you are very dogged and perfectionistic, which in turn can have negative effects on your life.
The line between excellent quality work and excessive perfectionism is often blurred and essentially influenced by your mindset.
If you have to control every detail and are never satisfied with your work because you think you can do it even better, there is a danger that you will lose sight of your overall goal and get lost in details.
At the beginning of your projects, try to define realistic goals for their elaboration from the very beginning, after which you will have an acceptable result for yourself.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed Tarot card also warns you not to sacrifice all your strength and energy in a project.
Of course, to achieve your goals, you will have to invest a certain amount of time and energy so that the result will be satisfactory.
But if you neglect other important areas of your life, such as family, friends, and your hobbies, and you work obsessively only on your project, you will end up sacrificing many of your relationships and joys in life.
Always ask yourself before and during your projects whether the expenditure of time and energy is still appropriate concerning the result you expect. Or whether it is better to pull the emergency brake and devote yourself to other things in life again to get new ideas and energy.
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The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Love Meaning
In a love Tarot context, the Eight of Pentacles shows that you should proceed in your search for a partner with a lot of perseverance and appropriate zeal.
Don’t immediately give in to setbacks or rejections, but use these experiences to learn from them and skillfully put them to use for you on your next dates.
Your inner motivation to find true love in your life will help you to get through difficult times of being alone and motivate you not to slacken in your efforts.
The Eight of Pentacles also shows that with enough diligence and perseverance you will find a new partner. For this, you must be ready to question and expand your knowledge about love where it is necessary.
Inform yourself on the Internet, books or friends about topics such as seduction, flirting or relationship life so that you can draw from a rich pool of knowledge when it comes to exploring love.
The important thing now is to put this knowledge into action and date other people regularly until you find a partner with whom you are ready to enter into a relationship.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed reveals to you as a single person that you show little ambition in your efforts to find a partner. Instead of going out and fighting for your love, you are too comfortable and hardly dare to leave your own four walls.
You suffer from your loneliness, but you are not motivated enough to change it and find new love.
Ask yourself how much a new partnership is worth to you and how much such a partnership could enrich your life and finally start to take action and fight for love.
Another characteristic of the Eight of Pentacles Reversed is that you choose your partners too superficially. You are often blinded by the facade of your counterpart and are easily impressed by status and appearance.
But it is worthwhile to look under the surface of your counterpart to see his deeper feelings and attitudes. Only then you can make a long-term decision whether a joint partnership is possible.
In a partnership, the Eight of Pentacles symbolizes that you are very pedantic when it comes to the organization of your relationship life. You pay attention to many little things with your partner in a positive and a negative sense.
The danger of conflicts increases if you criticize every trifle in your partner and constantly admonish him. Instead, try to appreciate and value the little things in everyday life that your partner does for you.
Direct your focus more on your holistic relationship life, your feelings towards each other and your solidarity so that you can appreciate your partnership more again.
Another aspect of the Eight of Pentacles for you as a couple is, that together you should continue to expand your knowledge of each other and of love itself. There is always a new side to discover and learn from your partner, even if you think you know everything about your counterpart.
The more you know about each other, your strengths and weaknesses, the better you will be able to support and appreciate each other.
In a relationship, the Eight of Pentacles Reversed reveals that you are sacrificing too much for your current relationship. You have already made some sacrifices in many areas of your life to keep your relationship alive, without any reciprocation from your partner.
By constantly sacrificing yourself, your partner will not feel any pressure to act since the relationship is being formed in his sense. Talk to your partner and stand up for a relationship at eye level because you can only create a happy life together as a couple.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed is also a sign that you are very perfectionistic as a couple. You have precise ideas about your relationship life and want to implement them down to the smallest detail.
However, you waste too much energy and get demotivated when obstacles arise that you can’t quickly get out of the way.
Try to moderate your perfectionism and focus on the successes you have already achieved together. Be satisfied with 90 instead of 100 percent.
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The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Health Meaning
For your health, the Eight of Pentacles means that you need to show a lot of zeal and commitment to improving your recovery or fitness. Especially in the beginning, it can be hard to motivate yourself.
Therefore, always have your long-term goal in mind and be happy about your small partial successes. If you
stay on the ball and don’t get distracted, your hard work will pay off in improved health.
Furthermore, the Eight of Pentacles represents that you are very pedantic in pursuing your health goals. Having a specific goal, such as losing 10 kilos or exercising for an hour, will help you plan concretely. The better prepared you are, the faster you will achieve your goals.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed represents a superficial implementation of your health goals. Miracle cures that melt belly fat overnight will have no effect in the short or long term.
To improve your fitness in the long term, you need a long-term strategy. Invest your time and energy to read up and create a concrete plan to improve your health.
On the other hand, the Eight of Pentacles Reversed can indicate an excessive ambition to quickly increase your health. Be careful if all your thoughts and actions during the day are focused on, for example, counting calories or only doing sports.
In order to stay healthy, you also need regular recovery periods in which you can concentrate on other areas of your life (friends, family).
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The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Career Meaning
Professionally, the Eight of Pentacles reveals that you are on the verge of achieving your professional goals. You have already put in a lot of effort by working overtime and pushing new projects.
Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and will open up new career opportunities for you.
Another aspect of the Eight of Pentacles is that you should invest more time in training. No matter how good you are at your job, there is always an opportunity to learn more.
The more knowledge and experience you gain in your field, the easier your work will be. In addition, all professional doors will be open to you if you are looking for a new job.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed can indicate a lack of motivation in your job. You have no inner drive to do your work and therefore do only what is necessary. Your lack of ambition harms the quality of your work.
Try to find out where your frustration comes from. Maybe a job change or a transfer with new tasks can increase your ambition again.
Another meaning of the Eight of Pentacles Reversed is that you sacrifice yourself for your job. As a result, there is a risk that you will spend all your time only at your job and jeopardize the relationship with friends and family.
Therefore, make sure you have a stable work-life balance and still have enough time and energy to maintain your social relationships outside of work.
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The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Finances/Money Meaning
For your finances, the Eight of Pentacles means that long-term investments are finally paying off.
Even if you see your wealth slowly growing, you should not slacken in your saving plans. You should use your first gains to reach your financial goals even faster.
Another characteristic of the Eight of Pentacles is that you should be very careful when managing your finances. It is best to make a detailed overview of your expenses and income.
Such an overview will allow you to better weigh whether you can afford future purchases and investments. At the same time, you will be able to implement concrete and long-term savings plans.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed reminds you to read the fine print when making financial investments. Tempting promises of high returns and quick profits, often harbor unimagined risks.
But even with insurance or loans, you should always read the terms and conditions carefully, so that there is no rude awakening later.
Another characteristic of the reversed eight of Pentacles is that you sacrifice a lot for your wealth. As a result, other areas of your life such as family or hobbies will inevitably have to take a back seat.
Therefore, think carefully about how you allocate your time because social relationships that have been extremely neglected cannot be restored with money.
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The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Destiny Meaning
As a destiny card, the Eight of Pentacles reveals that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to make your dreams come true.
You have already successfully achieved some stages of your life goals. Do not slacken your zeal now, but gather your strength and go your way successfully to the end.
The Eight of Pentacles Reversed shows for your destiny, that you lack the ambition to fulfill your dreams. Some of our plans seem almost impossible at the beginning because there is still so much to do.
Therefore, divide your goals into intermediate goals so that you can see success in your plans in the short term. The important thing is to take the first step and get started so that your wishes come true.
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