The keyword associated with the Eight of Pentacles is ‘learning’ and the card centres on the idea that hard work will pay off in the near future, in the form of knowledge and qualifications, and maybe even a new job or a promotion. On this card, we see the eight Pentacles hanging from a tree, which could be the tree of knowledge, a symbol very apt for the theme of this card.
If the Eight of Pentacles shows up in a reading, it is a sign that you are currently working hard at something, whether it be education, your career, or improving something in your personal life. Whatever it is, it is at the front of your mind and centre of your attention, and you are putting all of your efforts and concentration into succeeding, and there is a good chance that, if you keep going the way you are, you have a very good chance of doing so.
This card often points to the pursuit of education. Perhaps you have decided to further your education by taking a course, or even going to university. Perhaps your place of work is offering you a chance to study in order to improve your skills, or learn new ones, in order for you to move up the career ladder. Or maybe you are learning something just for the fun of it. Maybe you’ve decided to take a class to learn a creative skill, like a drawing or writing class, or maybe something like a cooking class? Whatever it is you have decided to learn, if you give it your all, you are guaranteed to do well at it.
If you’re not currently taking any classes and this card appears, it is time to have a serious think about what it is you want to achieve next. Think about what it is you enjoy doing, or if there’s something that you’ve always wanted to be able to do, but just haven’t had the time to learn…now is the time to get out there and do it!
If the Eight of Pentacles appears in a reading in reverse, it suggests that your impatience is hindering your success. You are perhaps lacking passion or ambition, and haven’t got the time to dedicate yourself, or give something your full attention. You are wasting your time looking for quick fixes focusing on short-term goals, and this will hinder your success in the long run. This best course of action is to stop thinking about what you want now, and think about what it is you want to achieve in the long run, and what the best course of action is so that you can achieve that goal.