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Tarot Alley uses the Rider Waite type of deck for our meanings, symbols, interpretations, etc.

When determining the Eight of Coins tarot card meaning, you should consider that it’s a Coins card and an Eight. The Suit of Coins represents the material world. Eights represent action, movement, and swiftness.

In this way, we can determine that the Eight of Coins represents working hard.

Take a look at the Rider-Waite Eight of Coins displayed to the left (or above).

What is your first impression?

Who is the figure? What is he doing? Why?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, just your interpretation.

Astrology: Sun in Virgo
Element: Earth
Numerology: 8 (action, movement, swiftness)

Common Symbols

  • A Working Figure: to represent hard work
  • One at a Time: to represent focus

Keywords & Concepts

  • Diligence
  • Effort
  • Skill
  • Work

The Eight of Coins for Personal Growth

Affirmation: I give myself wholeheartedly to the task of the moment.

Every project and every interaction you have is a reflection of you and your character. Strive to be the best at whatever you’re doing.

Ask Yourself:

  • What would recent projects say about you?
  • With an eye toward improving your image and reputation, how might your work and speech need to change?
  • How long has it been since you got lost in your work?
  • How can you improve your level of dedication and focus?
  • What work do you do best? What about that work appeals to you?
  • When your work is done, what evidence will there be of your own dedication to perfection?
  • How can you start taking pleasure in the process of working?
  • What small step can you take right now towards realizing a larger plan?
  • What might happen if you shunned distraction. isolated yourself, and focused entirely on the work at hand?

Interpreting the Eight of Coins

Generally, the Eight of Coins represents working hard. Now is the time to do your best. Be enthusiastic and bring zeal and pep to your work.

Make an effort to be the absolute best you can be. Pay attention to the smallest of details.

The Reversed Eight of Coins

How you read reversals is a personal choice. You can ignore reversals and read them as if the card is upright (this is what I often choose to do) or you can interpret reversals as variations of what they would mean upright. There are 3 common ways to read reversals: as a negative interpretation, as an opposite interpretation, or as a block on the upright interpretation. Check out How to Read Reversals for more information.

Typically, a reversed Eight of Coins represents careless work. Examples include:

  • Working yourself to death
  • Doing a sloppy or half-hearted job
  • Continuing in a job you hate
  • Buying thoughtless gifts
  • Producing shoddy work
  • Rushing your work

Examples of the Eight of Coins

Specific Interpretations

Specific situations are the general interpretation (from above) used for a specific situation (love, career, etc). There is no need to memorize these (or even look them up) if you understand the general interpretation. However, here are some basic interpretations for some specific situations:


Find out what your partner needs or loves and put in the effort to deliver it regularly. Demonstrate your dedication to your partner.


Try going above and beyond. Surpass the minimum expected. Add an extra or personal touch to make it extraordinary.


Devote some extra attention to the small details of your faith.

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The Eight of Coins tarot card meaning is all about working hard. Research and planning are great, but what you really need to do is buckle down and work hard.

Once you feel comfortable with the Eight of Coins tarot card meaning, check out the next card in the tarot deck: the Nine of Coins Tarot Card Meaning.


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