The Pentacle man has certainly had an interesting time so far. He started out juggling finances in order to start a business. Then, he promoted his business and became well known. He also became greedy and rather miserly. Consequently, his business failed and he was left with nothing.
But, he found his faith once again in a church that he had helped to build. He started a new business based on community well being and compassion. The business thrived and grew and eventually he was able to step back and reap the rewards of his hard work. However, he also saw the opportunity to expand and grow his business.
When last we saw him in the Seven of Pentacles, he was contemplating whether he should allow his business to remain running at it's current pace. Or, should he take the risk and expand and grow?
His decision is reflected in the Eight or Pentacles. We see him sitting at a table and learning new skills and talents. He is creating a blueprint for a bigger and better business. In short, he is becoming an honest and intelligent businessman with his heart and head in complete harmony.
This same process was seen earlier in the Three of Pentacles. But, the Pentacle man was an apprentice at that time. He was just starting out with his ideas and skills.
The Eight of Pentacles is more about already having the necessary tools and skills to excel at one's trade, but fine tuning and sharpening those skills.
You can see that he is happy and dedicated to what he is doing. He loves his work and is excited by the changes he can begin to see happening. This is a far different situation than the character we witnessed in the Four of Pentacles who just wanted the fame and fortune without realizing the consequences of his actions.
If the Eight of Pentacles appears in your layout, be prepared to expand and grow. This could entail finding a new job that is more in tune with you on a mental and especially a spiritual level. This card is not as much about career as it is life purpose. It is all about being happily abundant working at a job that is in tune with who and what you are. The Eight of Pentacles could also be telling you to take a risk and start your own business.
Whatever the circumstances, higher education is a necessity. It is time to take a few classes, sharpen your skills, and fine tune your resume.