IX of Pentacles/Nine of Earth

9 of pentacles

The Nine of Pentacles shows a figure enjoying the fruits of her labors.  The card is bright yellow, indicating happiness and fulfillment, and the woman is surrounded by grapes and pentacles – the fruits of her labor.  While there is much for the woman to celebrate, the expression on the woman’s face isn’t one of joy.  She has a lonely vibe – a good indication that the abundance enjoyed from all that hard work still isn’t enough.  We need to share this abundance with others for true fulfillment.  Continue reading

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VIII of Pentacles/Eight of Earth

8 of pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles is the card of apprenticeship.  This is a time when we need to sacrifice some near-term enjoyment in order to buckle down and do the hard work.  This period of work takes us to the next level.  The parties and fun we miss during this period are small when compared to the benefit of what we gain through this period of more intensive study.  Talent isn’t enough.  The Eight of Pentacles is about learning, studying, practicing, and putting in the reps to get to the expert level. Continue reading