8 of pentacles in tarot

8 Of Pentacles In Tarot

8 of pentacles in tarotThe scene in the card.

When you look at the 8 of Pentacles in Tarot, you see a man chipping away with a hammer on a disc with a chisel. He looks like a tradesmen of some type where he carves away in a meticulous manner. In the distance behind him we see a town. The man has removed himself from the hustle and bustle of society for the mean time to work on something that is important to him. Five discs are already hanging on the wooden post which is symbolic of what he has achievement is so far. There is more to do however, and he pays particular attention to detail as he quietly works away.

What the number 8 represents in Tarot.

The 8 of pentacles in tarotThe number 8 in Tarot as well as Numerology relates to wealth, power, processes, career, business and study. The number 8 is also the number of infinity and balance and indicates you reap what you sow. It is also about balance between the material and immaterial world. Your ambition is balanced with relaxation, your hard work is balanced with time to play, and your body and mind need to be in balance in order for you to reach sustainable success.

What Pentacles represent in Tarot.

The suit of Pentacles relates to the material aspect of life, the earth element and practicalities. Money is also of prime focus. It is our physical nature and what we must physically do in order to reap success. This is not a suit of dreams or pie in the sky ideas-it is the action that must follow after the dreams.

Questions to ask yourself around the 8 of Pentacles.

Goals-what are your goals and how are you systematically going about achieving them? Are you leaving it to chance or do you have a daily, weekly and monthly target to reach for certain actions to take?

Money-How are you building your wealth? Do you have a savings and investment strategy or are you spending without much thought to the accumulation of wealth in order to support your retirement?

Study-How do you study to broaden your horizons? Do you have set times during the week where you sit down to study for a specified period of time? Are you trying to learn a new language or a musical instrument or some other kind of craft? What is your process to ensure you will be successful in this endeavour?

Pushing through boredom-every goal you have where you are methodically working your way towards achieving it will come with some boredom and frustration. Your success will depend on whether or not you can break down that wall when you hit it the inevitable block to motivation and keep moving rather than standing still. Nothing is achieved without some form of sacrifice, but you need to dialogue with yourself in a positive way rather than resistant way when you feel like you don’t want to keep moving.

The 8 of pentacles in TarotIn a nutshell, the 8 of Pentacles in Tarot is all about taking steady consistent steps towards a desired outcome. How do you work towards a destination you have in your mind? Do you do it systematically or haphazardly? Do you gloss over the details or are you meticulous? Do you work with a checklist and track your progress, or is it all in your head?

For other Tarot card meanings from the suit of Pentacles, click here and here.

Would love to hear about your processes towards success. Feel free to comment below!

10 thoughts on “8 Of Pentacles In Tarot”

  1. Wow I have never related the number 8 to infinity till I read this post. It makes sense because if you flip the number on it’s side it becomes the infinity sign.
    I like the way you break down the tarot card and explain every aspect of it. I have always believed in the idea of reaping what you sow and taking consistent steps towards a goal.
    This was a facinating post.

    1. Thank you Denise! Glad you liked the post, and I liked your observation about flipping the number 8 on its side. 🙂

  2. Hi liz I jus wanna say tarot cards has been somethin I’ve always thought about every now and then. Because my grandmother had a pair the whole time she was with us. But she never explained to me what they really were. My only question would be is there different types of tarot cards for a certain individual, or is it that every pair is the same but serves a different read per individual.

    1. Hi Paul, there are hundreds of Tarot decks around so it depends what you are drawn too as far as whether or not you like the art work or if you want to learn about symbolism more. Also, even though there are slightly different interpretations of the cards, there is a common meaning amongst all of them. Check out Why Beginners should use the Rider Waite Tarot Card Deck for more info.

  3. 8 of Pentacles. It seems to me where I spend most of my time:] As with all cards, I think most information is drawn through understanding our personal relationship with the icon. I learn something new and vital every time I see you! Do you offer personal readings? Back to the point, the 8 of pentacles asks awareness of our goals for material wealth, and success in our endeavors. I consider you an authority!

    1. Hey Sam, ha ha I know what you mean! I feel like most of my life is the 8 of Pentacles as well-always building, always practicing, always trying to learn something new. In fact, I think it is a card that many who read Tarot can relate to, as the Tarot keeps shining back new insights to ponder! I agree it is important to understand our personal relationship with the icon too.

      At the moment I am offering email readings. If you would like one, feel free to send an email to with your question and a bit of background on your situation. I will then contact you if I need more clarification on exactly what you are asking so I can provide the most valuable reading for you. I would love to help you out with some new insights!

  4. Travis Smithers

    I have had readings with tarot cards in the past but never really thought much about all the meanings that existed behind each card.

    The 8 of pentacles does ring a bell from its meaning that I have heard about before and what you mentioned about numerology.

    So with each card comes particular meanings behind the card, how is it do they blend different cards to extract a reading?

    1. That is an excellent question Travis! This is where the skill and knowledge of a Tarot reader comes into play. A Tarot reader will look at the cards and weave a story from the cards that have been presented. Keep in mind the position of each card is important. A simple example is the three card spread. So, you may have asked a question in relation to the direction your current relationship is going or something more specific (the more specific the better, but stay clear of yes or no questions). The Tarot reader may decide to start off with a 3 card spread, where the ‘past’, ‘present’ and ‘future’ will be looked at. The Tarot reader will look at each card keeping in mind their traditional meanings, but also relate the meanings back to your question, and then tie the three cards together. So, the cards will be randomly shuffled and picked, and then revealed. A really simple example-lets say you got the The 7 Of Wands in the ‘past’ position, the The Star in the ‘present’ position and 8 Of Cups in the ‘future’ position. The Tarot reader may weave the story like this: ‘There has been a lot of conflict in your relationship in the past where both of you have tried to take a stand on your position and as a result it has felt a little bit like a battle ground (7 of Wands). There has been a feeling of having to defend yourself. Presently I am seeing new feelings entering your life with the Star card where you are searching for new ideas, healing and inspirations to guide you in the way forward. In the future as a result of your renewed sense of hope and healing (8 of Cups) I actually see you walking away from this relationship because you are discovering new things about yourself and new ways of being which no longer fit with the current status quo of your relationship’. The story is woven from the meanings of each card and what position they are in and then brought together to relate to the person asking the question.

      This is a REALLY simple example, and keep in mind the reader will also use intuition regarding the person asking the question (which is another tool that should be developed as a Tarot reader-everyone has intuition but for the most part it is an under utilized ‘muscle’ for most people), and more complex spreads would be used to get more in depth information about the topic at hand. For the most part though,Tarot is all about gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, and not so much something that ‘predicts’ the future. At best, it helps you come back to yourself rather than trying to figure out what another is doing. You then go and make some choices based on some of the uncovered information about yourself. Hope that helps?

  5. Hey Liz,
    this is a very interesting site – i have been fascinated with the cards, astrology and all things metaphysical for ever (being a scorpio makes that a part of my true nature!).
    This is the first time i have come across a site like this and i am sure i will be coming back to learn more.
    I found the daily readings very interesting especially as the reading for today seemed to be spot on!
    I have bookmarked your page to come back to and share.
    all the best

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