Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Eight of Pentacles card mean in a Tarot Reading?

The Eight of Pentacles Tarot card, like the whole suit, is associated with the material sphere of life. The card has, probably, the most suitable meaning for this suit – work, skill, skilled labor. See the nuances of the Arcana interpretation in the article below.
The Eight of Pentacles means the beginning of some promising business. This is the card of the Student who is ready to start a long and difficult, but extremely important work for him. Thus, the card combines the motives of the beginning and a wonderful perspective for the future. In addition, it shows that we are interested in what we do, we enjoy it and are proud of the first results. It can also mean good luck for a beginner.
Arcana represents an image that combines a rare ability to achieve goals set for oneself and the ability to abandon excessive claims just in time.

Goal: Learning for solid, lasting results.
Element: Earth
Planet: Mercury, Saturn, Sun
Astrological sign: Virgo


A young bricklayer, possibly an apprentice, is busy carving a pentagram (star) on one of the pentacles. Another finished pentacle lies on the ground, and six others are placed vertically as trophies.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Talent. Profession training. School. Education. The study. Self-development. Acquisition of skills. Enthusiastic attitude to work. Favorite work. Internship. Working hard to improve your skills. Specialty training programs. Absorption in work and getting pleasure from this process. New job.

Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card

Material security. Use your talents successfully. Career changes or career advancement. Attempts. Work for yourself. Passion or vocation. Project work. Discipleship. Computer skills. Preparing for the future. Saving. Big cash receipts. Cautious investments. Taking care of money. Learning how to manage money competently. Profit from the successful application of your skills. Prudence. Dedication. Perseverance. Mentoring, sponsoring, transferring your experience and knowledge to others. If you are going to do something, do it thoroughly.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

working not for himself, but for others;
creator of material or spiritual values;
free man;
success if a person does not seek personal gain;
work, employment;
new profession;
beginner’s luck;
period of study;
a new acquaintance or a new stage in a relationship;
success in one situation can lead to failure in another;
thrifty spending of money;
skill, new abilities, frugality;
labor, assignment, business development;
professionalism, success in work and creativity;
diligence, reasonable frugality, good work organization;
job satisfaction, well-deserved reward for work;
achieving goals, improving living standards, successful business.

Situation and Advice

Eight of Pentacles. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

The Eight of Pentacles tells that the work will not only be done, but also give you pleasure. You will find wide application of your skills. If you are starting a new job, you will be able to do it with ease and it will completely captivate you. You put all your soul into work, perhaps thanks to this you will get a promotion. You will have the opportunity to be a student and develop your talents even more. The time and effort involved will be rewarded. For some people, the Eight of Pentacles heralds the start of a new career.
Now is the best time to learn as much as possible about your profession. Improve your educational level at home, sign up for courses, attend seminars, read books on the subject of your interest. You may be given the chance to work with someone who can teach you a new method, or you yourself will be willing to share your knowledge with others. You may not receive a lot of monetary reward, but the foundation that you are laying now will serve for the success in your future career. You need to learn how to manage your money wisely. The Eight of Pentacles also indicates familiarization with the latest information in the field of modern technology. Caution should be exercised when the Eight of Pentacles is drawn in a spread, as success in one situation can lead to failure in another.

Persons designated by Upright Eight of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Students. Good workers. Craftsmen. Computer geniuses. Trade union leaders. Teachers, students, mentors, leaders. Those who train others.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Fraud. A pretense, a desire to create the impression that you know much more than you really do. A scam. Impatience. Search for easy ways. Improper use of your skills. Prejudice. Poor quality. Sense of responsibility. Tiring work. Lack of concentration. Waste labor. Lack of passion. Self-criticism. Dishonesty. Business hypocrisy. Second-rate attempts. False security. Reluctance to learn. Step back. Poor workmanship. Mercantile spirit. Deception. Dishonesty. Poorly organized work. Collapse of the system. Tiring work. Small reward. Computer problems. Lack of work. Loss of work. Unemployment. Deprivation of rights to anything. Anger over lack of opportunity. What they don’t know won’t hurt them!

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

wasted labor;
the need for clear guidance and direction;
slipshod work;
live at the expense of others;
being drawn in by emptiness;
evil use of mind and talent, deceit, shenanigans;
collapse of ambitions, vanity, greed;
the insidious mind of the questioner pushes him to compromise in business;
lack of a clear strategy in business and plans;
routine, all strength goes to daily work;
missed opportunities, lack of confidence in their abilities.

Situation and Advice

Your impatience and desire to take the easiest path can create an unethical situation at work and also lead to a lack of remuneration. Perhaps you are not satisfied with your job or are completely deprived of it at the moment.

Eight of Pentacles. Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Perhaps you lost your job due to the fact that you did not work at full strength. Perhaps you pretended to know more than you really do. If you’re a student, it looks like you’re relying solely on cribs for exams.
In any case, problems at work or the absence of the latter constantly occupy your thoughts and accordingly affect your behavior. Maybe you feel deprived and angry that there are few good opportunities in your life? Or maybe you cut corners too often and the result is poor quality? You suffer from the fact that you think that others owe you something, you are convinced that they must meet your needs first, and you do not want to provide for yourself on your own. Consider the work you are doing. Are you engaging in some kind of fraudulent or illegal activity? Are you putting your skills and talents to good use? How does your job affect your self-esteem? Are you proud of the results you get using your skills and talents? The ambitions of the questioner are associated with this card, which can force him to pave the way to the pinnacle of success over the heads of others. Hidden connections are used, secret deals are made, and devious and dishonest methods are used.

Persons designated by the Reversed Eight of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Those who pretend to know more than they really do. Those who live at the expense of others and do not want to earn their living. Incompetent, lazy, or dishonest employees. Students using cheat sheets for exams. The embezzlers. Scammers. Counterfeiters. Dodgers. People who commit insurance fraud. Tax evaders. Unemployed. Socially disadvantaged people. People deprived of their rights.

In the Spreads

Its value is positive. It is associated with persistent regular activity, from which at the same time you get pleasure and complete satisfaction. In other spheres of life, the Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot also means actions, but it can be work on relationships, your body, life position, etc. In any case, the person does it with putting his soul in it.
The interpretation of Eight of Pentacles depends largely on the position of the card. If its upright position has a completely simple understandable meaning, then reversed, on the contrary, is rather confusing and multifaceted.

In an Upright Position

The upright position of the Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot indicates persistent regular work, the joy of this work, spiritual satisfaction.
The Eight of Pentacles Tarot card in the upright position speaks of success in creativity or craftmanship. The querent is new to the field and does not consider it to be his main occupation, but receives satisfaction that far exceeds the financial benefits of such work. The Eight of Pentacle Tarot card also tells of the prudent use of money in the querent’s affairs and assumes that good organization, attention to detail and preparation will provide the desired results.
The Eight of Pentacles card, which appeared in fortune telling in a upright position, denotes the beginning of any promising business. This is the Arcana of the Apprentice, ready to begin a long and difficult, but extremely important work for him. Thus, the card combines the motives of the beginning and a wonderful perspective for the future. In describing the situation, it means foreseeability, the ability to avoid force majeure, as well as a high probability that everything will go according to plan, as planned. Success, provided that the person does not seek personal gain, especially enrichment. Any self-interest can nullify all efforts.
The meaning of the Eight of Pentacles Tarot card expresses a deep satisfaction from the implementation of skills, gifts and talents. It draws attention to the fact that we already know how to do perfectly, and suggests that we continue to hone our skills not out of self-interest, but out of the desire to creatively express, to know ourselves through everyday work. Then the fruits of these labors, recognition and prosperity will come.
This card is about daily repetitive activities, reps and sets. However, if we follow the path of development, awareness and mindfulness, Groundhog Day will not scare us. To master a skill, you need a very large number of repetitions, both in music or craft, and in life. Looking carefully at the message of this card, we will be able to see our ordinary life through the prism of meaning, where every new day we live even more masterfully, easier and more interesting, without changing the current order of affairs.
This is a card about bringing our authenticity and genius into everyday affairs, in order to discover your inner master who strives for knowledge, is not afraid of work and shows the qualities of a master in everything he touches.

In a Reversed Position:

The reversed Eight of Pentacles Tarot card is interpreted by experts in different ways. Some emphasize the pursuit of profit and the loss of oneself in it. Others see the excessive immersion in routine and the absence of life in everyday life. Still others cite a metaphor of the defeated Saturn: carelessness, haste, inattention.
The reversed position of the Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot can be confusing. There can be several meanings: vanity, lack of professionalism, inability to perform some functions, apathy from routine activities. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to other cards of the spread and correctly formulate questions to the Arcana.
The reversed Eight of Pentacles Tarot card indicates unrealized opportunities for personality development. The querent is too absorbed in everyday activities and thinking about what exactly he needs in order to achieve long-term peace of mind. Energy and opportunity is wasted in the pursuit of short-term gain.
The reversed Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot indicates that the questioner is not sure where to go next or even cannot determine his own aspirations. Skill is also described here, but excessive cunning does not allow you to apply it to your own benefit. All thoughts are occupied with intrigue.

Eight of Pentacles. Tarot by Alphonse Mucha
Tarot by Alphonse Mucha

The reversed Eight of Pentacles indicates either excessive slowness and mediocrity, or a lack of judgment and attempts to get everything at once by using unseemly, unethical means and methods. The card can speak of imprudence, negligence and carelessness.
The obvious meaning of the reversed position of this Arcana is laziness and lack of completeness, inconsistency and refusal to perform duties, dismissal, or lack of work. Refusal of ambitions, exclusion of the possibility of realizing what was conceived and a feeling of disappointment from the uselessness of their labors.
In interpersonal relationships, the reversed Eight of Pentacles will symbolize falsehood, inconstancy and temporality, the absence of intentions to cooperate for a long time and fruitfully.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
Eight of Pentacles suggests that you have to work to get what you want. But this work will be done professionally, it will bring not only good results, but also pleasure from the process.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed Eight of Pentacles warns that your impatience or unwillingness to perform any action may lead to the lack of the desired result.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
The Eight of Pentacles in relationships and love is a very auspicious sign. It symbolizes that partners have serious intentions, think about a joint future. They are ready to work on relationships and their personal qualities, to be patient, to be responsible for the happiness of the loved one.
In the field of personal relationships, the Eight of Pentacles marks the beginning of a new, promising stage, speaks of the loyalty of the partner. This may be a new acquaintance, or it may be a qualitatively new stage in the development of the previous union, during which far-reaching and, as a rule, encouraging prospects open up. Arcana symbolizes caring for a partner, realistic desires and aspirations, gradual development of relationships.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot can have different meanings in a relationship, but any of them indicates that not everything is going smoothly in the couple. It can come out as an indicator that one or both partners do not take love seriously, or symbolize that the relationship is being eaten up by a routine that causes boredom. It is advisable to pull out a couple more cards for clarification and look at the neighboring Arcana in order to understand the answer of Eight of Pentacles.
The reversed Eight of Pentacles suggests that relationships does not work out, first of all, because of the not very flattering character traits of people who are trying to create an alliance. From a partner, you can expect lies, infidelity, duplicity, and hypocrisy.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
You are on the cusp of a new relationship.
In a Reversed Position:
If you don’t intend to be open and honest with your potential partner, your relationship will never go deep.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
Someone from family members will receive long-awaited recognition or encouragement of some kind.
In a Reversed Position:
You have the collapse of illusions at home. You are disappointed and unhappy. However, remember: your parents or guardians are just people. They will make mistakes from time to time. You, too, are wrong at times.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
Friends are important to you, but study is just as important. You have found the right balance.
In a Reversed Position:
Your friends are adorable but insincere. You are frustrated and unhappy.

Eight of Pentacles. Celtic Tarot
Celtic Tarot

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
In financial terms, it does not promise mountains of gold, but you are guaranteed a fair, stable income, according to the efforts expended.
In a Reversed Position:
In matters of finance, Arcana symbolizes selfish calculation, labor only for the sake of money, to some extent greed or excessive frugality.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
The thoroughness and attention you put into your studies is admirable. The teachers have noticed your approach.
In a Reversed Position:
More work, more effort, and the results will pay off.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot is a very good card in the spreads for work. It means professional performance of their duties, skill, hard and successful work, pleasure in their work.
In the upright position, the Eight of Pentacles indicates the transition to a new job or the fulfillment of a new, unusual task for us. We start it without yet having the necessary skills or experience. Here, the main meaning of the card is the bright prospects opening up for us, in this new area.
In a Reversed Position:
This position in the work area means insufficient returns. Either the person is too lazy to be active, or he does not have enough skills or experience, or he is tired of the routine and he does not like his job.
Appearing reversed, the Eight of Pentacles indicates the impossibility of realizing our plans at the moment. Perhaps the person is using flattery, hypocrisy, and intrigue to get a promotion or achieve his goals. The card indicates that vanity, lust for money, and a lack of healthy ambition can lead you to mindless and boring jobs. Income may be short-term or not last long. Tedious and uninteresting activities will lead to despondency, poor quality products, mistakes and accidents at work.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
A state of extreme fatigue. Constantly overcoming poor health in order to do something (with the corresponding consequences). Long resistance to illness, and then – illness at the slightest weakening of self-control.
The Eight of Pentacles of the Health Tarot indicates regular exercise or other procedures to keep fit.
In a Reversed Position:
Eight of Pentacles in the reversed form indicates that the person does not care enough about his health, does not pay attention to his condition and possible fatigue.
Tendency to bowel diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Chronic fatigue leads to malfunctioning of the whole body.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
In a Reversed Position:

Eight of Pentacles. Mirror of Fate Tarot
Mirror of Fate Tarot

Self-Development Lesson

You have significant talents and potential, but there is a chance to improve and develop these talents even more through perseverance and discipline.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a deeply decent, responsible, hardworking person. He has healthy ambitions, perseverance in achieving goals and a desire for order at work and at home. He is conservative, and learning new things is sometimes difficult for him.

Type of person in a reversed position:

Means a person who is angry, envious, greedy. At the same time, he is lazy, he has neither the desire nor the patience to learn something new, even if he objectively needs it. He prefers to ride on the old track, but using someone else’s horse.

Arcana’s warning

Don’t waste time on the work you hate. If your activity does not bring you satisfaction and joy, it may be worth considering looking for another activity.

Final Advice of Arcana

Eight of Pentacles Tarot advises you to do what brings pleasure. Do your job with full dedication, the result will not be long in coming.
The reversed Eight of Pentacles advises you to diversify your life, look for new ways and new solutions to avoid stagnation and routine. Otherwise, you run the risk of driving yourself into your daily work, while doing almost nothing to significantly improve your financial situation and get ahead.

In an Upright Position:
Work hard to achieve your goal. Patience and work, as you know, will bring you everything.
In a Reversed Position:
Slow down in working zeal. Do not be afraid to become an exception to the rule.


Eight of Pentacles is a harmonious positive card. If it fell to you, then you are now where you should be. Everything is going smoothly and steadily.
Skill and knowledge, as already mentioned, are the keys to ultimate success, but here success is closer. The Eight of Pentacles Tarot card claims that you know where you are aiming and how to get there. Whether you are aware of this or not, you have the necessary skill, you just need to apply it. Success here is based on your personal knowledge and experience. You honestly and legally deserve the status that you have or will soon receive.


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3 thoughts on “Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings”

  1. The 8 of Pentacles in relationships always plays out for me, as everyone is busy with their own affairs. Moreover, for couples for whom everything is fine and for those whose relationship is on the brink. There’s just a certain isolation, there’s no time for love and dating right now.

  2. I got this card in my reading for a new acquaintance.
    And it means a meeting place.
    help me read it correctly, please. 🙂

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