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Generally, all Eights:

  • Express self-empowerment of their suit, or element.
  • Reflect the themes and wisdom of Strength.
  • Symbolize challenge and transformation.
  • Can be a plot point such as the crisis or climax; the character’s final attempt to master the change of their arc; or any challenge after the exploration of inner goals/motivation.
  • Are the final challenge of the mini-dramas mentioned in the Numbers in Tarot post.
  • For additional info on Eights check out Tarot Notes Take a Number series on Eights.


What I See:

I see a father teaching his daughter a skill, perhaps one his father taught him. The book focuses on the patience needed to master a new talent and I see that. Anyone with children can relate to the amount of patience a parent (teacher) needs daily. There’s continuity as well. Once a skill is learned you have it forever, even if it gets rusty.

I also find drums and interesting choice for this card. There is something primal about drums. The beat pulses like the blood pumping through our veins. Something in us lets loose. While the colors and setting of this card speak to the Earth element, the drums give me a more Fire sensation.

General Earth element/Pentacles suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.

Light (upright) Reading:

Learning a craft requires diligence and teaches patience.

  • Keywords: Talent, Dedication, Apprenticeship, or Financial Caution.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of lost motivation, perhaps a mentor will inspire you.

  • Keywords: Fraudulence, Poor Quality, or All Work and No Play.


Any combination of teacher and student: master craftsman/musician and apprentice, parent and child, mentor and intern. Learning of a new skill. Mastering patience. On the job training.

How about balancing work and play? Spending time with family?

Perhaps this is a celebration or ritual or right of passage. How about a craft fair? Trade show? Music festival?

Perhaps explore the differences between the artist (Three of Pentacles) and craftsman/artisan (Eight of Pentacles).

  • Eight Themes: Taking Action, Energy, Self-directed Movement, Empowerment, or Transforming Vision into Reality.


Love and respect, rhythm and tempo.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

All Eights are E8: Boss, Top Dog, Challenger, and/or Confronter

  • Self Image — I am strong
  • Passion — Lust
  • Virtue — Simplicity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Justice
  • Avoids — Weakness
  • Speaking Style — Challenging or Unmasking

E8 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide