Tarot Card meaning for the Eight of Pentacles

In the Eight of Pentacles, we see a man working on his eight Pentacles. In front of him are six Pentacles, there appears to be one forgotten Pentacle on the ground. The man appears absorbed in the creation of his latest Pentacle. This card shows dedication to what we value, but also that we can lose track of where we are and we could consequently become a loner.

The Eight of Pentacles as a day card

Today we might be working away at our craft. We enjoy it and are good at it. What is this ‘craft’?
We do need to be careful so that we don't lose sight of the big picture or remove ourselves too much from others. Could we potentially be too absorbed in our work? And possibly not notice the world around us - which contains other things we value?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The negative meaning for this card really shows that we are doing our own thing then cost of everything else. We see a small township in the background on this card this person does his work but is not interacting much with others. The negative side of this card could represent itself in a person becoming a workaholic, showing unsocial behaviour and possibly losing their ability to be part of everyday life.

How this card could present itself in real life

The Eight of Pentacles is one of my favourite cards in the Tarot deck. I am an introvert so being a mother to two young children can be a bit much for the whole day. Being by myself working on the computer or reading a book are heaven to me and they are the ways in which I recharge.

My daughter has started school recently and you see that see also needs to recharge, she does this in the way of making art. She walks through the house but is lost in her own world busy with her latest artistic creation. This card shows that we are doing something that is valuable, grounding and energizing to us as individuals.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Crowley Tarot this card is showing an element of being careful with what we have. It shows a flowering tree but we see the flowers are fragile and we need to be careful at this stage of development.

In the Osho Zen this card is called ordinariness. How wonderful to be just ordinary, to walk in the fields picking flowers. Nothing important to do, no one important to be we are just perfectly ordinary.

Lastly in the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see one dragon reading a book two children and many small dragons surrounding the older dragon. It shows here that we are still honing our skill, we are learning and developing and can get lost in the story of our new found knowledge.

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