Eight of Shields – A Music and Tarot Discussion


Sometimes learning to read Tarot is a real struggle! I mean learning 22 major arcana card and 56 minor arcana cards can be daunting! Seriously, learning medical terminology was less work. Generally we learn things better when we can see or make connections. I have had a Tarot deck for 20 years now, and still struggle with some of the cards. As I have collected more decks, I’ve also found that the meanings can be expressed and interpreted in a multitude of ways. So begins my journey.

Music has been a major player in my life. Songs trigger emotions, transport us back to moments in time, and are basically the soundtrack to life! Why not connect each tarot card to a song? A few months ago I began doing just that. These posts have been evolving over time  I hope you will decide to join in on the conversation!

Just a special note: When writing these I consult a number of decks. Some are traditional Rider Waite system and some are not. My first Tarot, Legend The Arthurian Tarot, has Wands-Air and Swords-Fire. Honestly, this has always made more sense to me than the much more common associations of Wands-Fire and Swords-Air. So occasionally these other traits have influenced my choice.

Eight of Shields

The Eight of Shields is all about working hard and continuous learning. It represents apprenticeship and creative endeavors. To become adept at something, you must invest time and energy.


  • Employment
  • Commission
  • Craftmanship
  • Intense Labor
  • Enjoying one’s work
  • Promotion
  • Training
  • Learning
  • Cunning
  • Economy
  • Positive and Productive Use of Skills


Lose Yourself – Eminem

Eminem sings about the struggle it is to make it in the music business. He knows that you have to work hard for it and chase every opportunity. The lyrics of this song reflect the drive it takes, as well as the sacrifices you make, to succeed in a chosen field.  Begging you to lose yourself in the moment, his words perfectly embody how much one can enjoy their work. He likes rapping, he wants to continue rapping, and he wants to be successful at it. I feel it is a good representation of the Eight of Shields if a little on the stark side. What song would you choose?

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go (go)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime (yo)


Enjoy this discussion? Check out this other Music and Tarot post: The Star – A Music and Tarot Discussion