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Eight of Pentacles

A description and interpretation of the role of The Eight of Pentacles in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • engagement

  • blockage


General overview

Are you fascinated by the world of the Tarot and looking for high quality information to help you understand the characteristics of each card? On this page you'll find reliable and trustworthy information on the Eight of Pentacles, one of the favorite non-court cards of cartomancy adepts.

To begin, it seemed important to me to remind you of the function of the suit of Pentacles. For divinatory tarot specialists, this suit is always associated with financial fulfillment, material success and money. In numerology, the number 8 is linked to the idea of perfection and the divine. Its shape is also reminiscent of the infinity sign, a reminder of the human aspiration to grow in the spiritual mysteries.

From a visual point of view, the symbolism of the Eight of Pentacles is particularly interesting to analyze. The card features a series of eight golden Pentacles arranged in pairs on a horizontal axis. This arrangement makes sense, it testifies to the harmony the seeker can enjoy today, the precious balance between material security and the desire for spiritual growth. The Pentacles located in each corner of the arcane form a rectangle; a figure associated with the idea of solidity. And the central square of Pentacles translates as the seeker's desire for spiritual elevation. Note the beautiful blue flower, a universal symbol of nature and the divine.

The only thing my apprenticeship taught me is how much I still have to learn.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    Although the suit of Pentacles rarely speaks of the seeker's romantic life, the Eight of this suit can provide valuable assistance. The arcana is closely associated with emotional balance and financial fulfillment. It encourages the seeker to work to ensure the financial security of their home, while urging them not to ignore other areas of their life, equally important to their well-being. With the Eight of Pentacles, the power of love is always given its just value.

  • from a career viewpoint

    The influence of the Eight of Pentacles will express itself most naturally in the seeker's career. The card highlights the importance of commitment and hard work. Professional success is rarely the result of luck, it is most often the result of the seeker's ability to question their certainties and their ability to acquire new skills. This subtle balance between selfless dedication and flexibility will be the source of their success.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    Unlike the Wheel of Fortune, for example, the Eight of Pentacles emphasizes the importance of perseverance and learning. In a human being's destiny nothing is ever acquired forever and even the most well-established situations can't be preserved without conscious effort. For success to be sustainable, it is therefore essential to accept change and to do everything to take advantage of the new opportunities that come your way.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Eight of Pentacles testifies to the major changes that you are currently going through. Dissatisfied with your current life, today you want to change some of your habits and review your goals. You are ready to question your deepest certainties in order to develop serenely. This courageous step will ultimately be rewarded.

    • long-term

      In the long term, the Eight of Pentacles reflects your need for change. Once your new life goals are set, you will be completely self-sacrificing in order to reach them as quickly as possible. And in your quest you can always count on your thirst for knowledge and your flexibility.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Eight of Pentacles upright

    When the Eight of Pentacles appears upright in a divinatory tarot draw, it often testifies that the seeker is going through a period of transformation. Aware that their daily life is lacking, they are ready to question some of their most deeply held beliefs in order to move faster on their life path. The seeker feels a powerful wind of change blowing them along and they now understand the virtues of this upheaval very well.

    To achieve their goals, they are ready to become intensely committed to their new direction. Their limitless involvement and ability to quickly acquire knowledge will be valuable allies. Because the suit of Pentacles refers to money, career or studies, it is, of course, in these areas that the Eight of Pentacles is likely to act most visibly. But the card also delivers a more universal message, which favors the setting in motion of the seeker and their commitment to the field they feel is the most appropriate.

    The change of course that the seeker is accepting today isn't the result of chance or an external event. It is the result of their deep-seated awareness of things that could be improved. This is why this renewal is sustainable.

    Interpretation of The Eight of Pentacles reversed

    It is always difficult to accurately analyze the message of an inverted arcana without taking into consideration the other cards present in the draw. From a general point of view, when it appears in reverse, the Eight of Pentacles translates that the seeker is experiencing a number of blockages which for the moment are preventing them from moving forward as quickly as they had hoped.

    In most situations, the Cartesian qualities of the suit of Pentacles are a formidable asset. But sometimes too much perfectionism is likely to slow down the seeker's development. More than anything, they want to achieve the goals they have set themselves, so they tend to obsess on details and forget why they set those goals. Perfection is difficult to achieve, and when an obstacle occurs, it is often more efficient to take a detour than to waste time on a solution that may not exist. A reasonable attitude like this would prevent the seeker from unnecessarily wasting energy which could be applied to better things in the future.

    It will be important for the seeker to show a little more flexibility and accept changes in their life.