Eight of Pentacles: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Eight of Pentacles: Taking On Tarot Self-Study

Eight of Pentacles

My self-study of Tarot continues with the Eight of Pentacles. Or, as I just heard, "Making money."

Eight of Pentacles: Taking On Tarot, a self-study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

First Impressions

Eight of Pentacles: Taking On Tarot, a self-study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck created by Stuart P. Kaplan, drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Master; mastery; specialized work, such as a fine artist, engraver, etc.; "make it work"; talent; "forgery"; repetitive work.

Symbols

Pentacles, hammer and chisel, block, bench, castle.

Here, it's the hammer and chisel that feel important, as they require the worker to be "up close and personal" with their work.

Colors

Gold, blue, brown, red, rust, tan, green, beige, gray.

It's the brown of the apron that feels at once rich and earthy - not that the two need be irrespective of each other. The potential dichotomy of richness and earthiness is what stands out. While the work shown might seem basic (earthy), the results are compelling (rich).

What the Guide Says About the Eight of Pentacles

"An artist in stone at work.

"Divinatory Meanings: Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and business. Reversed: Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury."

Cupidity meaning: greed for money or possessions.

Usury meaning: the illegal action or practice of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest.

While most of the meanings - including those reversed - make sense to me, I'm not feeling usury.

What We Say About the Eight of Pentacles

Creativity within the finer scopes of work which produces heirloom-quality craftsmanship and crafts.

A person who is interested mostly in the finer points of work.

Other Impressions

Detail work.

Skilled labor.

Fine-tuning.

Finishing work; final touches.

Putting a shine on.

 I Might Ask a Client...

"What details within your work may be repetitive and yet create the potential for more income?"

"Is there anything within your scope of work that could be construed or misconstrued as being less than honest?"

What comes up for you around this card?

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