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Eight of Pentacles
Tarot Card Meaning

Eight of Pentacles. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) Eight of Pentacles. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) Eight of Pentacles. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)

Nailing down some eight of pentacles Tarot card meaning keywords:

  • Skill
  • Progress
  • Execution
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Invention
  • Creativity
  • Productivity
  • Determination
  • Remark-ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to a vision

Remember those symbolic mountains I pointed out in the seven of pentacles? We were aware, even in the midst of our fresh abundance, that more hard work was likely looming. The eight of pentacles Tarot card meaning confirms this.

You may also recall similarities to this card and the three of pentacles. In the third pentacle, we're testing the structure, finding our creative voice and doing so within an orthodox framework.

The eight of pentacles signifies full-out production. No holds, no barriers, no fluff. Here we have found our creative voice, and we are belting out a powerful song of productivity.

The intensity and focus represented in this card confirms that our creative axe is honed, and the quality of our craft is at its peek. We've received our commissions, contracts for work have been signed, and there is no shortage of potential growth and gain.

All that's left is doing the work. But work at what? It's not so much the occupation, or end-focus of the work, but the execution of it I'm eluding to.

I'm proposing the eight of pentacles is encouraging us to work at being remarkable.

The presence of this card confirms we've already proven ourselves as worthy of work, health and pentacle-based (material/earth/physical) bounty. Will staying at the same level of quality and productivity ensure our sustained health and wealth? Not any more.

The eight of pentacles Tarot card meaning asks us to raise the bar and consistently enhance our focus on being remarkable. I daresay this card asks what remarkable means to us, and how we can incorporate that element of extraordinary elegance in every action we take to our achievements.

To hammer that point, I leave you with this quote by Henry Ward Beecher, a clergyman, abolitionist and women's suffrage advocate of the 19th century:

"Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it only serves to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own."

Some symbols forging the eight of pentacles Tarot card meaning:

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Bench: The bench is symbolic of taking a moment to examine the details. In a reading, benches indicate the querent might neeed to take some time to examine or savor the situations expressed in the card layout. See other benches in the cards.

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City/Village: Cities and villages represent centers or gatherings of people, thoughts, energy and ideas. They are a symbol of the culmination of a group that meets for a common goal. They also symbolize protection, harmony, and team-work. When you notice the cities/villages in a reading it indicates a group effort is required, or the querent must tap into some energy centers or thought centers to accomplish what he/she must.

To aim specifically at the concept of "remarkability" we might entertain the idea of achievement in our endeavors for the sake of uplifting and enhancing our entire community. Look at other villages in the cards.

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Hammer: A hammer, or the act of hammering is a sign of getting the point across, or getting the job done. The hammer is also a symbol of force, action, masculinity, and creativity. Typically drawn in matters of vocation, when the hammer catches our eye in a reading it may indicate that we need to get the job done and done well. It may also mean we need to hammer out the details relating to work or a project. Other cards with the with hammers.

Some questions crafted by the eight of pentacles Tarot card:,br>

  • What am I working so hard for?
  • Do I enjoy what I do? If not, what are my alternatives?
  • What are my natural innate gifts?
  • How can I share these gifts with a goal to serve a larger purpose?
  • How does my quality of work affect my community?

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