The gardener works under the blue sky, though we can see the infinite
sky behind it, constellations glittering deep in the darkness. The
eight discs show the eight phases of the moon. The gardener is
tilling the soil and pulling weeds, tending to the young plants.
Behind him lush green bushes reach maturity.
The sign of Virgo, the ruler of the Eight of Coins, is in the
right corner, the number eight, suggestive of the sign for infinity.
The double horizontal loop, in botany, means 'an indefinite number of
petals'. Virgo is traditionally represented by a winged woman holding
an ear of corn in her hand.
Because the Eight of Coins, is ruled by Virgo, it seemed natural
that it should correspond to the lunar gardener's Moon in Virgo.
Virgo is a dry, barren, earthy feminine sign. This is the only
feminine sign not used for planting. This is a good time to do
yardwork and maintenance. Weeds are less likely to grow, so pull
weeds and turn the sod, especially when the moon is in its fourth
More broadly, this card is about working and reaping the rewards of
your labour. Sometimes these rewards are easy to lose sight of. Just
as it can take many seasons before a tree bears fruit, so your
projects may take time to come to fruition. Don't look for the
shortcut that may leave your metaphorical trees vulnerable to
drought. Deep roots take time to develop.
Watch out for flies in paradise. Like bugs in your tomatoes, there
are always people looking for someone else to foot the bill for their
banquet. Sometimes you might grin and bear it - a few bugs never did
any harm - but don't be taken advantage of.
Euripides has been studying Tarot for only two years, but more than
twenty years of fascination with religious imagery, mythology, poetry
and symbolism made the discovery of the Tarot feel like a kind of
Originally trained as a printmaker, Euri is now an arttist and
writer. Usually working in pencil, charcoal and mixed media, this
small image was an interesting opportunity to explore computer-based
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