Eight of Disks/Pentacles

Upright/Well Dignified: When this card appears, often the message will be about extending your efforts a little further than you normally would for most things. It’s not a card of going “above and beyond” so much as just doing that tiny bit extra that will make more difference than you realise. While exceeding expectations by a lot will also win you some major kudos, it isn’t necessary here.  The point is often that the effort expended needs to be consistent and sustained rather than explosive but sporadic. In the words of Finding Nemo’s Dory: Just Keep Swimming Just Keep Swimming Just Keep Swimming…

Another strong theme that comes up with this card is that of knowledge. I probably don’t need to point this out, but there is a world of difference between simple information and true knowledge. Information is easy to come across and doesn’t even need to be correct to be counted as information. Knowledge isn’t found, but earned by effort, study and exploration of yourself and the world around you.When it shows up in a reading, it means that simply dredging up info may not be enough with what you might be wanting to explore. This card is often calling for total immersion.

Either the initial theme of the reading or the cards surrounding this one will usually clear up what this card is referring to.  It can sometimes be difficult, as the first part of knowledge is the realisation that you don’t know something. With this understanding, new  worlds can be opened up for you and explored further.

Reversed/Ill Dignified: When reversed, the Eight of Disks is showing you the possibility of a false epiphany. Sometimes your brain will throw at you something that you’d never believe unless you were in some severe emotional situation. At that point, it seems like the most rational thing in the world, but it’s a trick to stop you from further exploration of yourself because growth and true self exploration can be painful. It’ll keep you going in circles while thinking that you’re doing something new.  Don’t fall for this. I’ll leave it at that.

There are times when this card is trying to tell you that while you have plenty of information, there is sod-all that you actually know. You’re making the effort to discover something but you’re not really applying what you know in any way that might teach you something. Using the information that you’ve gained,  rather than sitting on your butt wondering what you’re missing, is going to be at least three shades of useful in picking up all kinds of things that you never realised before.

In both of the above examples, there is a lack of knowledge and you’re being called to find it.

Where, I (admittedly probably don’t) hear you ask?

Life experience.

You are being called to learn by doing, rather than reading  information that may or may not be of any use to you. Don’t fall into the trap of  thinking that you know something simply because you’re aware of it. So figure out what it is that you need to know and experience what it is that will teach you.

One Comment

  1. Christin
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
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    I am an American becoming more familiar with the Tarot, and in the case of this card – like two others – your explanation is the only one I can find which makes any sense with regard to the question.

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