Tarot: 8 of Pentacles {How To Do Your Work}

Tarot 8 of Pentacles, intuitivefish.com

Above Average Mental Ability or Artistic Skill, Inspired Work, An Artisan

If you’re considering a conventional corporate job or some type of factory work, this is not your card. The 8 of Pentacles is anything but that.

This card is a message to stand strong on your unique and original expertise in world that pressures you to sacrifice it. It could have something to do with researching the esoteric arts, or working in a grassroots organization to help others, or just standing on your non-conforming inner knowing.

There’s still an element of sacrifice in this card. You might make a lot less money, or need to give up a certain reputation. But the sacrifices mean very little compared to the creative and savvy inner drive which inspires you.

Whatever is your unconventional knowledge and skill, you’ll need some guts to stick with it, and to stay focused on quality over quantity.

8 of Pentacles by Thoth, Lumina Tarot, The Wild Unknown and Paulina Tarot, intuitivefish.com
8 of Pentacles by Thoth, Lumina Tarot, The Wild Unknown and Paulina Tarot, intuitivefish.com

When The 8 of Pentacles Shows Up In A Reading

Health and Body Image: The 8 of Pentacles is associated with the house of the sick, although it doesn’t imply anything too detrimental. You might need above average bravery and ingenuity to stick to your mental or physical health routine amidst pressure to give up or give in to foods and activities that don’t make you feel your best. If inquiring about a particular health protocol, therapy, food or supplement, it would be wise to devote yourself to it for its uncommon qualities, but utilize it only when inspired.

Occupation and Finances: If you’re considering or involved in an artistic or artisan occupation, or a career helping others such as work in a hospital or prison, the 8 of Pentacles is your confirmation. Whatever your skills are, seek mastery and expertise by following your spontaneous inspiration each day. Let go of the tradition of following routine duties, which will only keep you suppressed.

Relationships: The relationship being inquired about might be a little unusual, and it will require somewhat of a sacrifice as well as courage. But deep in your heart, you know this dreamy love is well worth the effort. This is especially true if it involves a woman of color, but not necessarily so.

Hidden Meaning: We’re here to have our inner knowings and higher callings challenged. Why? Because those challenges refine us.

8 of Pentacles from Barbara Moore's Steampunk Tarot
8 of Pentacles from Barbara Moore’s Steampunk Tarot

Reversed: A reversed 8 of Pentacles indicates perfectionism is creating a barrier to your creative endeavor. Let go of routine and predictability so that your inner inspirations can guide you. This card reversed can also mean you’re working really hard but you’re making very little progress. Maybe you’re wasting time, resources or mental energies on unnecessary details, short term gains, or on seductive relationships or manipulative games instead of your life passion. Or maybe you care more about your appearance rather than believing in the substance of what you have to offer. Misleading appearances puts your personal fortune and reputation at risk. Zoom out and look for the overall picture of what you’d like to accomplish, consider thinking completely outside the box, and don’t get bogged down with details which unfold on their own along the way. Or the 8 of Pentacles reversed could mean you have rare insight or an unconventional artistic ability… but it may not be appreciated by anyone until the future. Stick with it anyway.

Advice: Watch out for your own self-undoing and enslavement. Refuse to fall for the tremendous pressure to sacrifice quality for mere status, convenience or money. What is the higher thing you’re devoted to? It will likely require sacrificing some type of tradition. Dare to invest your energy in the higher values of originality, creativity and higher consciousness, so you can live in a world and experience relationships of the same.

Astrological Association: Pisces

Element: Fire on the 12th House

Timing: February 19th to March 20th, or 8 years

Reversals: Generally, an obstacle must be overcome before a favorable event can occur

Yes or No: Yes, if it involves something unique, creative or of a higher caliber

Elizabeth, also known as Intuitive Fish, is a healthy vegan mama living in the Pacific Northwest. Her life mission involves researching the esoteric arts, guiding souls along their awakening path, and contributing to a world of humans doing what they love. She’s available for readings and counseling, and would love to be your friend on social media.