Upright: Apprenticeship, education, quality, engagement
Reversed: Perfectionism, lacking ambition or focus

The Eight of Pentacles shows a young man labouring over eight coins, carefully etching out a pentacle shape into each coin. He has already successfully completed six coins, and has two more to go. It is clear that he is in the middle of a project that absorbs all his attention. He has isolated himself from others (the town in the background) in order to concentrate on the task at hand. This card reflects a time when you are focusing all of your energy on something and making sure it is as perfect as it can be. You are very engaged in what you are doing and determined to do a good job.

The Eight of Pentacles is the card of apprenticeship. An apprenticeship, whether actual or metaphoric, is a time of learning new skills and a time of beginning something that one has not previously done. In this sense, the Eight of Pentacles indicates that you are experiencing or about to experience a change or a new beginning in terms of your work, education or financial circumstances. However, unlike many of the other cards indicating change or renewal, the Eight of Pentacles symbolises a concentrated determination to master the new skill being learned and the single-minded effort of someone who has consciously chosen a new career path or creative undertaking. This card shows a diligent and hard-working attitude, and indicates that you are applying yourself fully to whatever is at the centre of your attention. This card creates success through perseverance and individual initiative as opposed to luck or the generosity of others.
The Eight of Pentacles suggests you are working away at the finer details of the various aspects of your life, in an effort to continuously improve your situation. You may be unhappy with your current state and you know you need to make some important changes in your life to increase your overall satisfaction. This card is a really positive sign that you are committed to making those changes and to ensuring that you give yourself the best possible chance. Overall, this is a very hard-working and conscientious energy that is present in your life.
The Eight of Pentacles is encouragement to keep doing what you are doing as it will eventually lead to success. Yes, it requires a lot of dedication, focus and patience but as each day passes and as you stay true to your values and beliefs, you get a little closer to your goal. It may not be as apparent as you may like but events are unfolding that will lead you to the right path. Continue working on yourself, too, and making ongoing improvements and adjustments to ensure that you are the best person you can be.
The Eight of Pentacles may indicate further education or study in order to hone your skills. You may already be proficient in a particular skill set but you are now seeking to master those skills. For example, you may be a great home cook but now you are starting to focus your attention on fine French cuisine. Or perhaps you have learnt the basics of Tarot reading but now you want to become a Tarot expert! You know that it will require a lot of focus and dedication in your studies but you are willing to work hard and to pay attention to the details. You know that you will not learn these advanced skills overnight but you are prepared for the journey towards becoming a ‘master’ at your chosen expertise.
If you encounter this card in a reading and are not currently engaged in the active pursuit of your goals, ask yourself what you could learn or create to better yourself or your circumstances. If you are already engaged in the pursuit of new learning, the Eight of Pentacles may be a card of encouragement and reassurance that the energy you invest in your development will be worth your while.
The downside of the Eight of Pentacles is that by focusing on the details of your work or study, you may become a perfectionist. While it is important to get the details right, be aware of any tendency towards perfectionism where you may lose sight of the bigger picture.

Reversed, the Eight of Pentacles can reflect that your attention to detail is actually getting in the way of innovation and change. The Eight of Pentacles is perfection in a self-contained world, a world that needs nothing but perfect pentacles, one after another. But what if the rules change? What if you are called upon to do something completely different to the task at hand or you need to change your focus? This may send you into a tailspin! If you need to take a risk, or to shift gears, the reversed Eight of Pentacles shows that your perfectionism has become a barrier to your success. You will have to let go of the smoothness and predictability of doing what you have mastered, and be willing to make a Fool of yourself all over again.
Often, the reversed Eight of Pentacles reversed suggests that you are working very hard on something but it is not leading to the desired outcome, leading to frustration and disappointment with the lack of success and progress. Sometimes, we can focus in on improving a part of ourselves or trying to fix something, only to find that all that effort is just going on the wrong things. You may be honing in on minute details that are not important to the overall workings of your life. Instead, you need to look at the bigger picture and ask yourself whether this is the right direction for you at this time. How can you bring your attention out of the detail and to the overall picture here? Are you working on the right things, or is there a major part that you are missing? Return to the energy of the Seven of Pentacles and re-prioritise and invest in those activities that will lead to the greatest return.
In a work-related reading, the reversed Eight of Pentacles can indicate a time when you are lacking the ambition, engagement or dedication to see your work through. You are too wrapped up in everyday concerns and worries to take the time out to gain more long-term security. Instead most of your energies are wasted pursuing short-term gains and rewards. Continuing to toil at the same work is not going to get you where you want to be. This might be fine for some people but for you to get anywhere in your current profession, you might actually have to go back and get some additional skills and possibly even take a pay cut while doing so. Rather than trying to look for minor improvements in what you are already doing, this card suggests completely thinking out of the box. Look for something unrelated to what you have been doing, for example, starting your own business or entering an entirely new field of work. Look for something new. The time is right for you to change directions.



Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Key Meanings:
New job, self-employment, building business, trade, reputation, craftsmanship, quality, master, expertise, hard work, commitment, dedication, concentration, success, accomplishment, ambition, confidence, financial security, results, rewards, achieving goals, attention to detail, productivity, scholarship, qualifications

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Eight of Pentacles Tarot card indicates a time of hard work, commitment, diligence and dedication. The effort you put in will not be in vain as your hard work will pay off and lead to results, rewards or the accomplishment of your goals. When this Minor Arcana card appears in your Tarot reading, it indicates that you are methodically working towards something you want. It may seem boring, mundane or even relentless at the moment but you are on the brink of achieving great success, so don’t give up. The skills you are learning at the moment will stand to you later in life and you will come away from this experience not only with the inner wisdom you’ve gained but with a sense of pride and self-confidence from achieving your ambitions.

In a health Tarot reading, the Eight of Pentacles can indicate that you have been working hard to achieve recovery or fitness. You are paying attention to your health and what your body needs and showing a lot of self-discipline. This should be paying off, leaving you feeling healthier and stronger than before.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship, the Eight of Pentacles indicates that you are putting a lot of work, dedication and commitment in to your relationship. The effort you’re putting in should be paying off and the relationship moving along nicely. This Minor Arcana card indicates that you and your partner should be well on your way to achieving your mutual goals. It can also signify working hard to secure your future financially for you and your partner or family. Be sure to balance this workload with family life and spending time with your partner. If you are single, you should be feeling confident when the Eight of Pentacles appears. However, this card can indicate that a period of apprenticeship is required before you can move forward as you need to learn from your past relationships and deal with their effects in order to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, if you are looking for work the Eight of Pentacles Tarot card is a great omen as it signifies a new job. Likewise if you are starting a business it is a welcome card as it indicates self-employment, building a business, trade and success. Even if you are not planning a career change, the Eight of Pentacles is a good omen in terms of career as it signifies accomplishment and achieving goals, so things should be going well in a work setting when it appears. You may find yourself achieving a level of mastery in your work or becoming a specialist or expert in your field. If you are still in education, it can indicate being offered a scholarship or achieving qualifications. If you are already in business, the quality or craftsmanship of your work and your attention to detail will earn you a great reputation and trade will flow. This will be achieved by hard work, dedication and diligence. In a financial context, the Eight of Pentacles is also a good omen as it signifies rewards for hard work, success and achievement. All the hard work you have previously put into your financial planning should now be paying off and you should be quite comfortable financially. This card also tells you to use some of your financial success to help those less fortunate.

In a spiritual context, the Eight of Pentacles indicates that you are attaining inner wisdom through dedication to your spiritual path. If you have been working to develop your spiritual gifts you should find that the past effort you have put into your spiritual development is starting to pay off as you begin to achieve a new level of mastery of your gifts.
Eight of Pentacles Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Repetitive or boring job, failure, lack of effort/confidence/commitment/ambition/focus, shoddy workmanship, poor quality, rush job, bad reputation, carelessness, poor concentration/productivity, mediocrity, financial insecurity, scams, overspending, debt, laziness, under-qualified, workaholic, materialistic, mean, dead-end career, biting off more than you can chew.

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Eight of Pentacles Tarot card reversed can indicate laziness, idleness, carelessness, lack of effort or poor concentration. Alternatively, it can indicate focusing on one area to such an extreme that you neglect the other areas of your life such as being mean and materialistic and neglecting your love life or family life or your soul. When this Minor Arcana card appears in your Tarot reading, it indicates that you are not focusing on what you want to achieve or aren’t putting the work in that needed to achieve your goals or that you are spreading yourself too thin which is leading to failure. Try to set yourself goals, prioritise what you really want to achieve and take tasks one at a time. Lack of ambition, respect or confidence can all be signified by this Minor Arcana card in reverse.

In a health context, the Eight of Pentacles reversed can swing between two extremes. It can be an indication that you are putting too much focus on your body in a way that is detrimental to your health and life such as starving yourself on an extreme dieting or going overboard with body-building. Alternatively, you may be going in the other direction and neglecting your health and fitness completely with poor diet, lack of exercise or abuse of alcohol, drugs or over-eating. Whatever the case, the Eight of Pentacles reversed is a sign that you need to find a healthy balance to support your long term health.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are in a relationship, the Eight of Pentacles reversed indicates that you are not putting the effort in when it comes to your relationship and there may be a lack of commitment or just laziness in terms of making your relationship work. It can also signify letting workaholic tendencies have an adverse effect on your relationship. When this Minor Arcana card appears, boredom and complacency may be setting in. When it comes to relationships you’ll only get back what you put in, so make the effort to make your partner feel appreciated if you want to resolve the issues you’re facing. If you are single, the Eight of Pentacles reversed can indicate that you may be lacking in confidence when it comes to meeting new people. It can also indicate that you are not putting the effort into meeting new people, which may be leaving you feeling bored and listless. Again, it can also be an indication that you are putting too much focus on work and neglecting your romantic side. If you want to meet someone special, you need to put some time and effort in the romantic side of life and get yourself out there.

Money & Career
In a career Tarot reading, the Eight of Pentacles Tarot card reversed is not a great omen as it can signify a repetitive or boring job, lack of success/ commitment/ ambition, being an underachiever or on a dead end career path. Things will probably not be going well in a work context when it appears. If you have applied for a new job or promotion, it can indicate an unsuccessful application and that you may lack the qualifications you need to get the job. Laziness, idleness, lack of focus and poor concentration are also represented by the Eight of Pentacles reversed. If you are in business, it can be a warning not to let your standards slip as it represents shoddy workmanship, poor quality, botched work or rush jobs and can represent getting a bad reputation or losing trade through mediocrity. If you are still in education it warns you to focus as you may fail your exams if you don’t put the effort in. Alternatively, the Eight of Pentacles in a reversed position can indicate going to the other extreme by becoming a workaholic or biting off more than you can chew. If that’s the case, try to keep the balance. Work hard when you need to but be sure to time enjoy your life too. In a financial context, the Eight of Pentacles reversed can indicate financial insecurity, overspending, getting into debt and falling victim to scams. So be responsible with your finances and prudent with your investments when it appears. However, this Minor Arcana card can also indicate being overly mean or materialistic, so try not to be a miser when it appears. Be generous to those you trust and those in need, just be clever about it.

In a spiritual context, the Eight of Pentacles reversed indicates that you are ignoring your inner wisdom or suppressing your spiritual side. It can signify that you are becoming overly materialistic or mean and it reminds you to refocus on your spiritual side to bring yourself back into balance.