Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira
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What does the Eight of Pentacles tarot card mean?
The Eight of Pentacles commonly indicates a time of hard work and dedication. This is a period for focusing on your job, as you develop your skills and keep showing up for the task at hand.
This minor arcana card carries optimism for the future. Part of its message is: this time of diligent work will pay off for you in the future. Not only are you working toward something that will yield results, you’re mastering your craft and evolving!
When you see the Eight of Pentacles in a reading, you’re being instructed to stay focused and grow through your daily work.
Eight of Pentacles Tarot Guide
Keywords for the Eight of Pentacles: Commitment, mastery, hard work, skill, diligence, dedication
Yes or No: Yes
Zodiac Sign of the Eight of Pentacles: Virgo
Planet of the Eight of Pentacles: Mercury
Element of the Eight of Pentacles: Earth
What does the Eight of Pentacles card mean in a love reading?
When the Eight of Pentacles shows up in a love reading, it brings the Pentacles’ connection with career and the material world along with its own message of hard work and growth.
If you’re in a relationship, this minor arcana card might be shining a light on the work you’re putting into your relationship. For a romantic partnership to be successful, it takes relational skills in addition to sheer effort—and those skills don’t come naturally to all of us. The Eight of Pentacles may be indicating that you’re making strides in your ability to be a healthy partner and that there’s continued work to do here.
Part of maintaining a strong relationship is keeping a work-life balance that prioritizes the relationship enough. Sometimes the Eight of Pentacles appears as a gentle warning that your connection is at risk of suffering due to the amount of focus you’re putting on your career.
For those who are single and looking for a partnership, this card is a nudge to keep “clearing the deck” to be ready for a relationship. If your life is so full of work obligations, or you’re still healing from past heartbreak, you might need to make some shifts in order to create space for love.
What does the Eight of Pentacles tarot card mean for career, money and finance?
When the Eight of Pentacles appears in a career or money reading, it is a positive sign. It’s an encouragement to keep putting in the work and developing your skills.
If you have ambitious goals and you’re taking action in alignment with them, the Eight of Pentacles wants you to know you’re on the right track!
This minor arcana card is associated with mastery. Don’t lose sight of the importance of learning as you make your way. If someone in your environment can serve as a mentor, find a way to work alongside them. Take a class that’s relevant to your work. Anything you do to sharpen your skills will be beneficial when the Eight of Pentacles shows up.
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What does the Eight of Pentacles tarot card mean for health?
The Eight of Pentacles often comes up in a health reading to validate the efforts you’ve been putting in to recover from an illness or take care of your body.
This card is a sign that your attention to your physical and mental health will pay off. It may require some discipline, but you can trust that you’re growing stronger. Results will follow.
If you’ve been working toward spiritual or psychic pursuits, the Eight of Pentacles might also be a sign of support. Sometimes it can take a while for that kind of development to yield the skill level you’ve been hoping to reach. This card’s appearance encourages you to keep learning, it will be worth it!
Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning
The Eight of Pentacles in a reversed position usually still relates to hard work, but the focus here changes.
As with other reversed cards, the Eight of Pentacles in reverse can shift the message from the outer world to your inner one. Are you in an extended period of personal development? This card in reverse can carry a strong self-improvement message. If that resonates with you, the reversed Eight of Pentacles is here to confirm that your efforts are having a positive and visible effect.
If that message doesn’t fit your situation, this card may be here to call your attention to balance with respect to the work you’re doing. Is it possible that you’re pushing yourself too hard? There’s something to be said for, “slow and steady wins the race,” especially if part of your purpose in doing this work is to grow your skills. Like with physical exercise, mastery here requires a manageable pace, along with times of rest.
Is the Eight of Pentacles tarot card a yes or no?
With its message of hard work and diligence, the Eight of Pentacles comes through as a yes in a yes or no reading.
What does the Suit of Pentacles mean?
Pentacles are associated with earth signs, which help you plant the deep roots needed for long-term growth. Earth energy is very physical, tangible, and sensual, and people with earth signs like to have a steady foundation and are the steadiest and most grounded bunch of signs.
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