The Seven of Pentacles taught us a valuable lesson that a satisfying life is not about the wealth we accumulate or the goals we reach, but about the journey to those things. The joy of living well is exactly that; doing the things we do because they fulfill us. The Eight of Pentacles sees us taking pride in our work and improving our skills because of the pleasure in doing so. We might never become perfect at everything (and we wouldn’t want to), but we can have a great deal of satisfaction along the way.
A young man sits on a wooden bench carving a golden disk. He has completed six, and another lies on the ground, either discarded or waiting to be worked on. He wears a protective apron, a blue tunic, and red leggings. In the distance, the city gates are open and a path invites us to enter.
The Eight of Pentacles is all about improvement. Not to achieve a goal, but because it is in our genes to do so. This card is about not giving up — there is always something new to learn. If we allow ourselves to soak up knowledge and skills and experiences like a sponge, we come much more into alignment with the spiritual being that we are.
The appearance of the Eight of Pentacles can have mundane meanings such as undertaking a course of study, changing careers and starting from the bottom. It can also mean that we have given some thought to who we are and have decided that life can be so much better from right where we stand. That there doesn’t have to be a massive shift: small changes can be just as effective in the long run.
The reversed Eight of Pentacles indicates that you are taking perfectionism to a new level. You can pay too much attention to detail while missing out on the broader perspective. This is not a road you want to keep walking down, so lift your head and take some time out to learn how to relax your self-imposed rules.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You are enjoying your work at present. You feel as though you are making a valuable contribution. And you are. You may be offered a new position within your organization that will involve learning new skills and a higher salary.
If you are job-seeking, then look for employment in which you will gain new skills. Skills that can be used throughout your working life, built on and improved. You could become a master at what you do.
You and your partner understand that a good relationship must be invested with love and tweaked often to accommodate the way each partner changes. Your relationship is your reason for everything you do, and its importance to you can never be underestimated. Keep doing what you are doing and have a happy life.
If you want to meet someone special, then you might find that person where you work. You will share common goals and probably bond slowly, rather than indulge in a whirlwind romance.
This might not be the easiest time financially, but you know with confidence that this is merely a stepping-stone to higher things. You are on your way to amassing a good fortune.
If you are budgeting, then pay attention to the smallest outgoings. Shave off as much as you can from your shopping bill. Become a coupon queen. Be proud of your frugality. You won’t have to do this forever – unless it makes you happy.
Pay attention to the details. Follow your health plan to the letter. Improvements may seem slow, but they will be steady.
When the Eight of Pentacles appears in a spiritual reading, it means that your spiritual satisfaction comes from your immediate environment. Your family, your pets, your home and your work all contribute to filling your heart with love and joy. If baking a cake makes you happy, then it is fulfilling a spiritual purpose.