EIGHT OF PENTACLESA lonely apprentice works late into the night on his project. He is focused and determined, perhaps too focused to notice his little companion. Like Major Arcana VIII, Strength, this young man tamed his baser instincts and desires in order to achieve something greater. Even though he may wish to go out and enjoy himself, he is willing to forgo immediate pleasure for the sake of a long-term goal.
You are involved in a course of study in preparation for a better future. Your discipline and drive will serve you well. Do take a moment, though, and enjoy some pleasant companionship.
Be aware of driving yourself too hard and to the exclusion of all else. Even in the midst of heavy studies, a person needs a little rest and relaxation.