Facility, discipline, perseverance.

“Chops” refer to a musician’s technical skills. An accomplished player is said to have “great chops”; if we need to hone our skills, we say we need to “get our chops up.” 

Chops is an Elemental card, and refers to facility, dexterity, and adeptness; it implies a need for discipline and perseverance. The Chops card can indicate an obsession with work or discipline, however, if our need for better-stronger-faster is operating unconsciously; we may find our self-worth tied up with our notions of success, for example, or be immersing ourselves in work in order to hide from something else.