The Eight of Pentacles: Today's Tea and Tarot Blog

--By Hyperion Night, of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot

The Rider-Waite-Smith Eight of Pentacles Tarot card. Workman carving a pentacle on a coin. Six completed coins hang from a nearby post. A seventhlies on the ground beneath his workbench.

Eight of Pentacles


Developing skills. Mastery. Work. Craftsmanship.


When I was small, I used to (don’t laugh) write poetry. And I wasn’t a disaster. In fact, I had rhythm and rhyme like nobody’s business. Today, I can’t rhyme my way out of a paper bag. If I’d kept it up, maybe I’d be a rapper by now. But I didn’t. The skill fell into disuse and is long gone.


Fortunately, I soon became enamored with a new form of rhythm and rhyme — Tarot reading. It took me ten years to feel I knew enough to read professionally. Two or three more to believe I wasn’t a fraud. And now I finally think I might have enough to say to write this book.

The Eight of Pentacles in the Tarot deck is all about skills — their development and their mastery. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the card depicts a craftsman hammering away at a golden coin. Seven coins have already been completed. Six hang from a nearby post. A seventh lies beneath his workbench.


This Tarot card can be a reminder to keep plugging away at a skill. It can also hint that it’s time to polish up an old skill (that coin beneath the bench) or to learn a new one.

Real mastery takes time. My old martial arts instructor told us we’d need to practice a move ten-thousand times before we’d really know it. So don’t give up. Look on this card as an opportunity for betterment, and a promise that with the work, comes a reward.


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