The Eight of Pentacles depicts a young craftsman, sculpting over eight coins as he tries to inscript pentacle shape on every coin. The background of the card shows a small town which seems very distant, symbolizing that the man has distanced himself from all kinds of distractions, to make sure that he can pay full attention to his work. He makes sure that nothing affects his concentration, and is working eagerly towards giving out better output. His skills are improving with every coin that he is creating.
The Eight of Pentacles in Tarot represents knowledge, ability and attention to detail. The meaning of this card in a Tarot reading is attentiveness, skill development and dedication. The craftsman on the card appears to be fully engrossed in his task which seems to be taking up all his time and energy. He has entirely distanced himself from the society, so that he can concentrate on the job that he is currently working on.
When the Eight of Pentacles appears in your reading, it indicates that you are paying attention and putting in efforts to polish your skills, and gain perfection in your tasks. This card indicates that probably there has been a change in your workplace or financial circumstances that has put you in this position to develop and master new skills. You exhibit determination and concentration in learning the new art. This card may also indicate higher education or training for skill development. The Eight of Pentacles encourages you to pursue your goals and keep working in the direction that you are currently moving in. You will eventually achieve success. This may require a lot of dedication and patience but you will find yourself closer to your goals with every passing day. However, if you get this card and you are not currently pursuing any goal, then this is the time to analyse what is it that you can learn to improve your situation.
The reversed Eight of Pentacles indicates negligence, lack of attention and lethargy. It is a sign that you are overly focused on just one thing and putting all the other areas of your life on a sidebar. It is possible that you neglected your family and relationships because you were too occupied in making more money. The Eight of Pentacles reversed signifies the need to prioritize more important things in your life, and include them in your efforts to reach the goal.
Eight of Pentacles in a Love reading indicates that you have been putting a lot of efforts in your relationship. For people in a committed relationship, this card suggests that you are purely dedicated towards your partner and your efforts will finally pay off. For singles, this card offers inner confidence that comes from analysing your past relationships and learning from your mistakes, in order to make your future relationships better.