The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara More is still in my around-town computer bag. Today’s single-card reflection draw was the Eight of Pentacles.
The eights represent work. The Eight of Pentacles specifically indicates pride of work, pride of ownership. For me, that pride of ownership often is reflected by worry. I regularly worry that I’m going to screw up in the writing. As I approach a publication deadline (like right now), getting it right weighs on my mind.
Pride of Ownership
Taking pride in the work and making sure it’s the best it can be isn’t a bad thing, but waking up in the middle of the night means I need more coffee to get through the day. There is a good side to this, however. When the work is done, and you sit back to admire the finished product, beaming with pride is allowed.
The Steampunk Tarot presents the Eight of Pentacles in a factory/assembly line environment. The artisan is surrounded by steam. She’s got a conveyor of Pentacles moving past her, yet she still takes pride in the work and gets them right. It’s not just churning out something manufactured. She gives the items a personal touch. There’s a bit of the artisan in each one. When those Pentacles go out, to shops, or hung in homes, the final owners may not know the artisan, but they feel her influence.
Legacies are important to humans. We like the knowledge that we’re making an impact. Hopefully a positive one, at that. When you go to work, consider that for a moment. You may be in a job where not everyone sees your influence. Still, maybe it’s a note you leave in work papers, or perhaps an email reply for a group project. It doesn’t take much, but the artisan knows that even the little things help.