Pentacles are Disks in the Thoth Deck and the Eight of Disks is called Prudence.
The Eight of Pentacles of the Tarot of the Old Path illustrates a man dressed in the greens of the Earth Element, weaving a Pentacle from straw. Seven straw Pentacles are finished and in the background.
He is obviously an excellent craftsman whose uses the best straw, maybe from wheat, to build his craft.
He is bearded, suggesting many years of patient, diligent hard work at his skill.
The primary meaning of this card seems to be dedication, craftsmanship, skill and the financial rewards of personal effort.
The Thoth Deck 8 of Disks is called PRUDENCE. Disks are Pentacles or Coins, in other decks. But Disks are an appropriate symbol, something on which Crowley and I both agree.
Disks must be stabilized by a spinning motion, a circular rotational force, in order to hit their mark. Even the atoms of rocks are spinning in a centrifugal manner, so when representing the earthly powers, the spinning of the Disk, with its internal spin best shows force and form as one presence in the crystalline light.
The Eight of Disks-Prudence, is Hod in Assiah. the material World. (refer to past blogs) The Sun is in Virgo and the angels of this Decan are; Akaiah and Kehethel.
Virgo is noted to be a very practical sign which tends to cause over concern with small details.
Because this is an eight, any gain that prudence gives is soon dispersed making Prudence no great virtue.
The message in divination, is that of skill, prudence, and over-carefulness about small things, at the expense of the larger. But because Hod is represented by Mercury and Mercury is exalted in Virgo, there is also predilection for intelligent loving, involving material matters such as, agriculture, artistic craftsmanship, and engineering.
The Ruler-ship of the Sun in Virgo suggests birth, as well,thus the disks are arranged in the Gemantic figure Populus (see 777 by A.Crowley). These disks are then shown as flowers of a Great Tree, rooted solidly in fertile lands.
When the 8 of Disks or Pentacles is thrown during a reading:
The negatives would be focusing too tightly on the small details and not seeing the big picture! inability to finish any task due to perfectionism.
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