Upright: skill development, craftsmanship, natural talent
Reversed: perfectionism, lack of motivation, squandering efforts
An artisan sits on a bench, carving a pentagram into a large coin. Six pentacles hang in front of the artisan, and one has been discarded and is lying on the ground. Far away in the background the skyline of a town can be seen against the gray skies.
8: Achievement, sturdiness, protection, mastery
The Eight of Pentacles represents a methodical, maybe even perfectionist approach to work (or, if not related to work, an effort to improve life circumstances in general). Your efforts will pay off so long as you stay focused and work on improving your skills. Even those with natural talent can benefit from making time to improve their craft.
Is perfectionism getting in the way of progress? Or are you focusing on less important tasks as a means of procrastination? If you’re feeling bored, see if you can focus on non-repetitive tasks to change things up. Remember that you don’t have to be perfect at something in order for it to be a worthwhile endeavor, and it’s helpful to start on a large task even if you feel you can only make a small dent for now.