The Eight of Pentacles shows a young man labouring over eight coins, carefully etching out a pentacle shape into each coin. He has already successfully completed six coins, and has two more to go. It is clear that he is in the middle of a project that absorbs all his attention. He has isolated himself from others (the town in the background) in order to concentrate on the task at hand. This card reflects a time when you are focusing all of your energy on something and making sure it is as perfect as it can be. You are very engaged in what you are doing and determined to do a good job.
I don’t know why I keep acting like I’m surprised by the relevance a card has when I draw it. I’m not sure if it’s a sort of confirmation bias or what, but damn it if this card doesn’t speak to exactly where I am right now.
Professionally, I’ve been working very hard to get all my ducks in a row. I was given a specific job right at a year ago with no freakin’ clue as to what it really meant. It was a position that was outside of my expertise, but I was both curious and hungry enough that I took it on. It’s been quite the year, and there have definitely been some “what the fuck” moments, but overall I feel like I’ve excelled in this role. That’s not to say I’m an expert by ANY stretch, but I’ve always operated with the mentality that you should not give me a task/job and expect me to suck at it. I’m both driven and cocky enough that I don’t fail at much, at least in a professional sense.
It has come time to review my work and plan for the next year. This comes at a pretty interesting point in my career where I’ve been taking a more active role in a volunteer position on top of my regular duties. There have been a few opportunities thrown my way and I can definitely see some exciting developments on the horizon. So, this throws me in to “task-master” mode, extreme edition. I have been lining up all my little duckies and making sure that I have every step forward outlined at the very least. I know that I can’t plan for everything, Gods knows, but I can at least create some structure in my life. I think of one of my favorite flowers, honeysuckle, and that you get the best blooms when the vine has a structure to grow against.
This card creates success through perseverance and individual initiative as opposed to luck or the generosity of others. The Eight of Pentacles suggests you are working away at the finer details of the various aspects of your life, in an effort to continuously improve your situation.
I’ve spent the last three months fine-tuning. I’ve looked at the future through every lens possible, except the Divine, and see that I’m on a good track. My hard work, sleepless nights, fits of anxiety, and cursing at invisible objects may actually be paying off here soon.
You know that you will not learn these advanced skills overnight but you are prepared for the journey towards becoming a ‘master’ at your chosen expertise.
Time to take on this year with a “hell yes” and “take charge”. I know I have support and I have relationships that buoy me. Let’s see what the future holds.
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