Eight of Pentacles + Four of Swords Meaning

Every morning, Tracy and I have a routine that we do for personal development.

One thing that I added to our morning routine a few months ago is a daily 2-card Energy/Action tarot spread.

Tarot is a phenomenal tool for personal development. Reflecting or meditating on a couple cards each morning helps me gain insights on what to focus on that coming day – where my energy is, and what action I need to take.

I thought I’d take a moment to share today’s spread with you.

Tarot Spread: Energy: Eight of Pentacles, Action: Four of Swords.

The Eight of Pentacles is a about working hard and putting in consistent, focused effort to reach a goal.

It’s a card that embodies a “down in the trenches”, “nose to the grindstone” work ethic. It’s the card of HUSTLE, and when this card comes up in a reading, it is generally a good sign to keep doing what you’re doing.

You’re building prosperity.

The Four of Swords, on the other hand, is a card of rest and recuperation.  The card suggests that you have overcome some challenges, but there are still more to come, but you need to pause and rest first.

The Four of Swords asks you to replenish yourself so that you can rise up to meet upcoming challenges.

Getting both of these cards in a spread might feel a little confusing, since they have opposite meanings (effort + rest).  

Today, the Eight of Pentacles and the Four of Swords is reminding me to balance work and rest.

Even though my energy is the Eight of Pentacles, the Four of Swords in the “Action” position suggests that I resist the urge to work harder today, take a break, and possibly recover from feelings of burnout, stress, and overwhelm.

My energy is often in “work, work, WORK!” mode. And while it sounds like a good idea to work harder, to work longer hours, and to pour 100% of myself into my work – especially as an entrepreneur – I run the risk of becoming burnt out.

In fact, many hard working people with big aspirations end up sabotaging themselves with an extreme lack of balance caused by overwhelm.  They feel like they are stuck on a hamster wheel and get no results.

Quite often, working harder and longer doesn’t equate to faster or bigger/better results. It can lead to just the opposite!

Sometimes, you need to embrace the message in the Four of Swords, and that is one of rest – that there are still things that need to be done, and challenges that are on the horizon, but there is always a time to take a breath and recharge.

Sometimes, the best thing we can do when faced with challenges, or working toward a massive goal, is to step back and replenish our energy so that inspiration can catch up to us.

It’s okay to take a day off. It’s okay to step back occasionally. It’s important that we balance work, rest, and play, and that we make time for self care and doing the things we love just as we make time to go to work and/or run our business.

Quite often, we get our best ideas and solutions when we balance our hustle with our rest.

Do you struggle with balancing work and rest?

Do you find it difficult to carve out time for rest and to do what you love?

My challenge to you is to carve out 10-15 minutes today to take a “time out”. Set a timer on your phone and go somewhere where you can be alone (yes, the bathroom counts). Better yet, take a quick walk outside.

The goal is to quiet your mind and take a pause from the world. The world will get along just fine without you for 15 minutes, so take that time to refresh and refocus today.

Trust me, you’ll be more productive and energetic in the long run.

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