Use this resource as a guide to interpreting the Eight of Pentacles tarot card as drawn by Kim Krans in The Wild Unknown tarot deck.
A spider rests at the center of its well-woven web. There is an organic kind of symmetry to its creation. Not perfection, but clearly woven with skill and intention. The spider is a master of its craft.
Around the web are eight pentacles, each outlined in a different color of the rainbow, the colors of which are reflected in the frame of the card.
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8 is a number of potential activated. It is really close to the end of a journey, quest or project, almost like a major milestone before the final long-haul to get something across the finish line. This is a moment in which the student graduates into their own level of mastery.
Pentacles correspond with the element of earth and represent the material world. This means anything related to career, work, monetary resources, the skills we use to gain those resources, and the tangible goods we can buy with those resources.
This is a moment of realizing how far you've come in building a skill or area of expertise. This skill is likely related to your career, public calling, vocation, or the way in which you support yourself financially.
With the subtle rainbow color, this card also has a sense of pride and joy to it. You know how hard you've worked to get to where you are. Celebrate that effort! You taking pleasure in your craft, and its okay to be proud of your current level of mastery, while still recognizing that you have room to learn and grow.
This card also has some Virgo vibes, as Virgo is tied to the myth of Ariadne, the weaver who challenged a goddess and won...and in payment was turned into the spider thanks to divine jealousy and pettiness. So there is a warning here as well. Pride in one's accomplishments is all well and good. It's arrogance you have to watch out for.
The negative aspects of the Ariadne myth may the root of the issue when this card comes up reversed. Perhaps you are feel overconfident and even cocky in your skillset, and you need to get your ego in check or risk rubbing others the wrong way. You could potentially not be the spider in this scenarios, but the jealous watcher on the outskirts feeling insecure of your own skills in comparison to another's.
This may also be a warning that you are not yet ready to put your skills to the test. Or, conversely, you are afraid to put your skills to the test because you have fallen into the Virgoan shadow of perfectionism.
Perspective may be key here to determine the root cause of the issue. Take a step back to see the entirety of the web, not just the individual mistakes you're hung up on.