I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Eight of Pentacles :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s keywords: craftsmanship, skill
Carrie’s keywords: dedication, productivity
Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
An intricate, well-crafted web expands across the entirety of the card. In the Seven of Pentacles we saw the assessments being made, and in the Eight of Pentacles the actual labor is progressing. The hard-working spider who has built this web sits in the center of the card, focused on the task at hand. Four pentacles, spaced evenly and purposefully, line either side of the web.
If you are going to build a web, you need to be devoted to your craft. You need to be willing to joyfully immerse yourself in your work. For the spider, it isn’t about rushing through the process to get to an end result. It is about embracing each part of the work with dedication and attention to detail.
The Eight of Pentacles is a card of down and dirty effort. In order to take the passionate energy of the wands and the emotional energy of the cups and turn it into something real, we need to be willing to, well, do the actual WORK! This is the message of the Eight of Pentacles.
Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings in General
In the Waite-Smith tarot, this card shows a craftsperson hard at work. He is holding a chisel and concentrating on a single pentacle, while additional pentacles line the wall next to him. He is focused on the task at hand, and dedicated to getting things done.
The Eight of Pentacles shows the ways in which being mindful is not merely a mental act. This is a card of being fully present with what you are doing in this current reality, being aware of the sights, sounds and textures that surround you. This isn’t a card of simply slogging through work, it’s a card of being mindfully engaged with the process.
In a reading…
When you see this card, it is a signal to tap into your good old fashioned work ethic. The spider is not swayed by distractions, doubts or outside influences. Be like the spider – just do what you need to do without drama. If you want to build anything meaningful in your life, you need to be ceaselessly devoted to the work that it entails.
How can you deepen your craft, your practice, your awareness? What skills do you have that should be activated in your current situation? Keep learning, keep evolving, and keep doing the work you need to do.