Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Earth, grounding, steady and stable. Material concerns.
Keywords and Phrases:
learning and studying, apprentice, new work.
Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
The Eight of Pentacles is known as the card of the apprentice, so it represents learning and studying, polishing and honing your skills, or taking new employment. Even if you’re fairly skilled at what you do, when you start a new post it takes a few weeks to find your bearings and learn the systems of the new employer.
In the image of the Gilded Tarot, the young apprentice sits at his desk as the light fades and his candle burns long into the night, diligently studying the Pentacles before him. Formal education could be relevant, but also informal or experiential courses that require methodical application to acquire a new skill or perfect existing ones.
Similar or supporting cards: Ace of Wands (for new work) Seven of Pentacles (application, prepared to put in the effort)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Magician and Three of Pentacles for skill and mastery.
Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card Combinations:
The Eight of Pentacles is one of the main indicators to look for to indicate new employment.
Ace of Wands > Eight of Pentacles: a new job or new work.
> Eight of Pentacles (or Ace of Wands) > Five of Wands: can show stiff competition for a new post when before, or if it follows you meet with resistance once you start.
> Six of Wands: new job with swift advancement (similarly, Ace of Wands).
Knight of Cups > Eight of Pentacles: an offer of new work or a study placement.
The Hermit > Eight of Pentacles > The Hierophant: Place of study, knowledge and wisdom, University or education establishment.
> Hierophant > Ace of Pentacles: educational award, (Six of Wands may also feature for recognition), but also could be new work with a large establishment. .
> Eight of Cups: abandoning a course without completion, or not staying long in new employment.
> Three of Pentacles: good progression from apprentice to mastery of a skill, if the order is reversed it shows new work in a field where you’re already experienced.
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