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Eight of Pentacles
by jema

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


A clematis is blooming against a trellis, a butterfly is busy collecting nectar.

The flowers are clematis, the variety is called Nellie Moser and it blooms with big beautiful pink and white flowers that are very hardy even up north. Each year the stalks wilt and die and each spring it climbs again.


Nellie Moser is a hardy and hard working plant that will reward the gardener with new flowers each summer. The trellis supports new growth, it is a form the flowers have to adjust to; at the same time constricting and helping them to expand. The Butterfly is both the gardener working to pollinate the flowers and a beneficiary drinking the nectar.

Card Meaning

Supporting and directing growth.

I also see the card as one of work, but if one looks beyond that and see what the work is for, it is often a card suggesting working for rent and food opposed to working just for the joy of it. We do need shelter and food to thrive though and while the job might not be the most creative and fulfilling due to the amount of control and structure in it, in the end it will allow us to grow. All in all it is a rather pleasant card that speaks to us about being satisfied with ourselves and what we do and to strive for doing the very best we can within our means and with the resources we have.

Reversed this card can tell us to dare more and to see outside of the box. Try something new, if we continue to do the same thing all the time we grow weary just as the soil which is planted with the same plant the whole time will in the end be depleted of nourishment.

Artistic Media

Digital photos that I layered and edited in Photoshop.

Artist's Bio

Jeanette Åstrand is a Swedish librarian with a passion for gardens and photography. She has been reading the tarot since the late 80s. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.

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