“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
~ Jim Rohn
The 8 of Pentacles is the card of artisan baker, master clock-maker, author, bricklayer, musician or athlete who is completely dedicated to perfecting their skill and work. Typically, what they do puts them in a state of flow because perfecting this skill is part of their life purpose… and when we do what we are here to do, we step into that space outside time.
But even when the going gets tough and minutes feel like hours, these people persist because they know that nothing worth having comes easily. And as they hone their skills, they ‘level up’ as individuals because the act of dedicated work itself betters them as human beings.
Think about it: we are here on earth for a very short time. What do you wish to accomplish in that time? What legacy will you leave behind and what will your dying thoughts be…? I’d rather they be: ‘I did what I came here to do.’Eternity is a long time to ponder whether this is true or not.
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
The 8 of Pentacles can also indicate a greater need for self-care and a healthier life-style. Because of the connection with the gut through Virgo, digestive issues and food sensitivities/allergies could be highlighted.
Affirmation: “I dedicate myself to perfecting my work.”
8 of Pentacles Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for the inspiration to master a skill. Help me appreciate that perfecting even the most mundane of tasks is a road to self-mastery and divine embodiment. So mote it be!
Correspondences for the 8 of Pentacles
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Archangel: Metatron (Angel of Virgo) and Michael (Ruler of the Sun)
Gemstone: Amber, peridot
The 8 of Pentacles in Love and Relationships
When this card shows up in a relationship reading, it usually signifies that the energy of one or both people is tied up by work and there might not be a great deal left over for the relationship.
It can also signify increased sensitivity and a need to focus on the details that make every day worth living. Your partner may not be very receptive to what you have to say right now but they will appreciate material help and gifts as well as your caring touch.
Ill-dignified or reversed, the 8 of Pentacles can signify nagging and dissatisfaction even though all the material needs are being met.
In a single person’s reading, the 8 of Pentacles can signify a work connection with a new potential partner or simply being too focused on work to care much about dating.
Physical intimacy is definitely a possibility if this card is upright and or well-dignified. The advice then would be to pay attention to detail. Think about what the other person likes and what. What scenario turns them on? What outfit, scent, materials?
This is not a time to be sloppy in your seduction. Neatness and hygiene is also associated with this card.