The Card of the Day: The Eight of Pentacles (Reversed)
“Work smarter, not harder.”
The Eight of Pentacles represents giving one-hundred and ten percent to the tasks in front of you. This card reminds you to value the skills you are mastering, and to see how they improve the lives of others. “Giving your all” ensures that you can go out into the word with your head held high, confident in your abilities and your self worth.
Do you truly appreciate the work that you do? What skills are you honing each day, to improve your life? Is it time to stretch yourself, past your comfort zones, and fearlessly toward fulfilling work?
The craftsman on the card busily inscribes his Pentacles with a hammer and chisel. He loves his work. It gives him a channel to focus all of his creative energy. A pathway connects his workshop to the little village in the distance. This symbolizes that his work connects him with others. To the townspeople he is not just "the Craftsman." He is also the master of eight apprentices, the beloved teacher at the monastery, and has gained the town's affection for his compassion and kindness. The craftsman is also very funny; bringing laughter to the villagers, with his dry wit and humor. The craftsman doesn't just do work for the village to "make money." Each day he uses work as a vehicle, to improve his community, connect with others, and better himself.
Being fully engaged with with the work that you do is very empowering. It transforms your energy from being passive and reactive, to confident and proactive. Your job is not just a means to making money. The craft you are mastering connects you with the society, and gives you a platform to improve it. This allows you to put your own unique stamp on the world, and to change the energy of the world you live in. How are you improving your world with the work you do? Are you making it a better place?
Today, enthusiastically take up the tasks in front of you, and give one-hundred and ten percent. Do your job done well, and accomplish your objectives. Value the work that you do, and others will too. Work isn't just "work." It is your contribution for the betterment of all. If your current work feels "limiting," then it’s time to find something that calls upon your best attributes and talents. Instead of resenting the job at hand, change the energy...which might mean placing yourself in a new position that brings more learning or fulfillment. You are in charge of how you employ your skill set, and how you focus your energy.
Don't just "endure" work. Appreciate how it connects you with others, and is your contribution to a better society.
If the Eight of Pentacles appears reversed, it asks if you are getting enough rest. Are your daily tasks being approached with uplifting, positive energy? If you give yourself some down-time today, you can approach your tasks with renewed energy and enthusiasm tomorrow. Also watch out for “energy wasters,” like mentally stressing yourself out over things that haven't occurred yet, or rattling off your list of tasks to yourself with exasperation. If you need a break, take one! Release any thoughts that aren't contributing to raising the energy to a better place. Take charge of your schedule. Break up tasks, and spread them over time if possible. Don’t forget to take a much-needed rest. You deserve it!