Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Eight of Pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles


The Eight of Pentacles Tarot card is about, diligence and hard work. If you draw the Eight of Pentacles it means literally “to hammer away at something”.

I pulled the Eight of Pentacles and had no idea how it may apply to me that day. Later, I was potting some pretty flowers in a galvanized bucket. I grabbed a mallet and nail to make water holes in the bottom. I started pounding away – then laughed when I realized I had just embodied the Eight of Pentacles!

On a more substantial level, the Eight of Pentacles offers a valuable reminder about the value of work and effort.

I’m curious. Do you think happiness is something that happens by chance or is it something that could or should to be worked at?

What would happen if you, like the fellow on the Eight of Pentacles, diligently worked on your own state of inner happiness for five minutes – ten minutes a day? Perhaps, you already do. Do you think you might notice a change in your experience of the world?

How do you work at happiness? Do you meditate, write or recite affirmations, list what you are thankful for (my personal favorite), listen to music?

Can you do it when you are grumpy? When you are busy? Can you do it on a plane? Can you do it on a train? Can you work on happiness here or there? Can you keep up the work when you are delirious with glee, joy and contentment? Can you keep working on happiness when you find that you are really happy?

The Eight of Pentacles proudly displays each Pentacle as he finishes it. He then promptly forgets it – and moves on to the next. When you work on living a life that feels good, inspired and awesome, it shines on your face and through your actions. It reflects in ways you never dreamed possible.

I don’t know about you but I think my happiness is worth ten minutes a day!


  1. Jerome M said,

    August 1, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    “Do you think happiness is something that happens by chance or is it something that could or should to be worked at?”

    Though you’ve already provided an eloquent answer to the question you posed, I’ll chime in too…

    It is my experience and belief that happiness can indeed happen by chance – but those moments are fleeting and can be as difficult to hold on to as the contents of a dream upon waking. Learning to “hammer away” at creating our own happiness – and doing so regardless of what’s happening in our outside world – is where true joy and power resides.

  2. tarotgirl said,

    August 16, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Well said.

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