Artist: Eli Neugeboren
Diligence, using and developing skills, commitment
“The eight of pentacles usually shows a man laboring over his workbench to make eight gold coins, completely focused on the task with the town in the background. I wanted to expand the traditional imagery and update it a bit, as well as put in the context of the carnival.
My card depicts a strong, young woman about to swing a mighty hammer on the strongman game: she is completely focused on her labor, on the goal in front of her. She has a slight smirk on her face because she is confident in herself and knows she will complete the task. The carnival tents stand in for the town, and the chair swing ride in the far background is representative of the fun she is eschewing in favor of doing the work she needs to do.”
On a beautiful, clear day at the circus, many people are wandering around and enjoying themselves. To one side of this enjoyment, a young woman stands by a high-striker game. Her face is set, her concentration obvious as she psychs herself up to strike with the hammer. This is no tourist trying her luck, her strength is clear from the muscles beneath her shirt, which is decorated with a hammer, the symbol of strength. She is a strong woman, well-trained, and testing herself.
This card represents effort and diligence, emphasizing that in order to succeed within the material world, you need to be prepared to work hard, to train and push yourself further and further. Be it pushing yourself physically to better healthm or to strive harder for more financial rewards.
Astrological Element & Association
Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
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