The Eight of Pentacles. A fitting card to welcome Spring.
A spider expertly weaves her web. Through craftsmanship and skill, she diligently creates her art through supreme focus. And her concentration achieves a meticulous outcome. The question is: where can we apply the same care in our lives to create something new. Something artful. Something beautiful.
A young owl is caught mid-flight as he gazes straight ahead. His focus is narrow and nothing can take him off course. The slanted lines meeting in the centre adds to the air of determination. In his talons, the owl holds his sword, ready to pierce his chosen target.
A pile of six swords sits in a heap under what appears to be a drenching rainfall. While at first, the six of swords may appear dark and dreary, it’s important to note the rainbow that arches high above, topped with a clear sky.
If we back up in the deck, we refer to the five of swords that embodies a spirit of hostility and battle within the self. The six of swords shows the aftermath. At this point, we can see the healing process beginning but there’s still work to be done on our road to recovery.
The Eight of Pentacles is all about skill and honing our craft. Like a spider – a true master of her craft – we’re being asked to look at what we’re skillful at and understand what we need to do to refine our artistry. She weaves her web intricately, with a precise focus and confidence in the end product.