The Eight of Pentacles traditionally shows a guy hard at work making pentacles, his finished work hanging beside him as he chips away at the next.
With this card, you don’t get the impression that this chap jumped out of bed that morning and went ‘yeah! I’m gonna make eight pentacles today!’ It’s a card of perseverence and work, committing yourself to your task and enjoying it and believing in it enough to do a little more every day.
It can represent labour in the physical sense; a craft like the pentacle-maker in the picture, or it can stand for perserveranceand hard work in any sense; working towards any goal.
Eight of Pentacles, from the World Spirit Tarot by Jessica Godino & Lauren O’Leary
I like this illustration from the World Spirit Tarot best – it shows someone working hard at their craft, but includes the role of the teacher watching over their shoulder. I also like the kid holding onto the guy’s arm – to me it’s like she’s his inspiration. Or she could be the next generation, to whom he will pass on his craft once he has mastered it. So we have three generations of crafter here.
Either way, this card shows a labour of love.
It says ‘there are no quick fixes’, and reminds me that to achive my goals, commitment, persistence and hard work are required.
Due to a combination of moving house, summer fun, having no internet for weeks at a time (I’m sat in a wifi cafe right now!) and being involved in a couple of time-consuming projects, I’ve not been feeling very bloggy over the past few months. (I should also not pretend a new-found addiction to Parks and Recreation hasn’t played a role…) I’m in the middle of the TABI endorsement programme, so Tarot is still playing a big role in my life, but I’ve not felt any urge to spend extra time on the computer. Still, I’ve missed regularly writing about tarot and the learning opportunities this provides. And recently it’s been *cold* (the coldest UK summer in twenty years, apparently) and as I’ve laid fires and snuggled up with Tina Fey these past couple of nights, I’ve found myself fancying a bit more blog-time.
One Tarot blogger I really admire is Chloe McKraken. Come rain or shine, I’m treated to a short, sweet post every day, usually introducing me to a deck/card I’ve never seen before.
How is Chloe so disciplined about blogging every day?
Does she get up half an hour early each day specifically to do this? Or, as a professional Tarot reader, is it a necessary part of her working day? Is she strict with herself, or does it come naturally? The majority of Chloe’s posts take a very simple form. She draws a daily card, describes its image in detail, and from this, draws her own interpretation. It’s throught-provoking, always feels fresh, and keeps her Tarot learning (and the learning of her readers) moving forwards. I find the reglularity of these posts comforting. Chloe also finishes each interpretation with a gratitude related to the card’s meaning. Which means that this woman finds something to be grateful for Every Day. Which I think is awesome!
Reading Chloe’s posts reminds me that I am someone who benefits from a little routine in my life.
Not too much of course, but to accomplish something simple like this each day would probably do me good. I’m all to familiar with the scenario where we say ‘it’s a whole new me! I’m gonna do xxx every day from now on!’ and three days later it’s like ‘ummm….’ But this isn’t about flashy resolutions or the inevitable guilt-trips – it’s about channelling a little of that Eight of Pentacles thing, and applying a little more of myself each day to keep my Tarot learning on a roll. I want to have the self dicipline and commitment to find time each day to sit down, draw a card, and spend a moment really focusing on this one thing. I think it’ll do me good.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.