Minor Arcana -
Interpreting the Suit of Pentacles

An introduction to the meaning of the Suit of Pentacles

The Suit of Pentacles represents the tangible, if not hedonistically-based achievements which occur in the material plain of human experience. A series of coins are employed as the symbol of the Suit of Pentacles, standing as a literal symbol of finance and other forms of materialism. The Suit of Pentacles reflects the physical things we have earned or otherwise acquired in life, as well as the emotional and psychological quality of these possessions to the owner.

Symbiotic with the astrological earth signs Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, the feminine energy of the Suit of Pentacles represents a primal connection between Man and his immediate physical environment. All of the senses, those inlets of life's various and diverse sensations, are highly important when referring to the Suit of Pentacles. For it is these sensations and the sources which arouse them into being which rule the Suit of Pentacles, at times manifesting in overindulgence, or a heavy reliance on external pleasures to obtain self-fulfilment. Positive connotations with the Suit of Pentacles can be the sense of stability and order which accompanies financial security, allowing for the individual to relish in the pride of ownership and live comfortably, all needs beyond satisfied with a lifestyle verging upon the luxurious.

Abstractly, the Suit of Pentacles is the material representation of human achievement, symbolizing the physical results of our hard-work and the determination which propelled us to such ends. Other components of the Suit of Pentacles include the material symbols of wealth and status which indicate our position in society, specifically, the items and tools which enhance our quality of life and allow outsiders to observe and endow us with prestige for working for, and finally possessing such things.

Each Card's meaning in a Tarot Card Spread

The meaning for each card is influenced by the position of the card as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.

Ace of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A new financial opportunity or a sudden and unexpected financial increase.

Reversed meaning:
An unexpected financial loss or expense.

Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Successfully balancing the budget.

Reversed meaning:
Excessive spending and poor management will lead to financial difficulties. Borrowing or lending money is a strong possibility.

Three of Pentacles

Three of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Creative endeavors will be financially successful.

Reversed meaning:
Personal issues regarding creative endeavors, such as avoidance, fear and a lack of self confidence, are delaying progress.

Four of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
The pressure is off as finances are finally stabilizing.

Reversed meaning:
Anxiety over finances weighs heavily on the mind.

Five of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
There is a serious lack of money and only a tremendous amount of effort will change the situation for the better.

Reversed meaning:
Depression caused by poverty or unemployment. Some form of financial assistance may also be required.

Six of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Sharing the wealth. Giving or receiving gifts, donations or even settlements.

Reversed meaning:
Careless mistakes can cost you financially.

Seven of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A great deal of hard work now in hope of a future pay-off.

Reversed meaning:
Hard work with little or no pay-off. A change in strategy is needed.

Eight of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Learning new skills through an apprenticeship or other employment training program.

Reversed meaning:
A lack of training and/or skills limits employment opportunities.

Nine of Pentacles

Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Financial well-being from wise money choices.

Reversed meaning:
Quarrels and concerns over money choices and/or irresponsible spending.

Ten of Pentacles

Ten of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Coming into a large amount of money, possibly from an inheritance or investment of some kind.

Reversed meaning:
Burdened with family financial issues.

Introduction to the Court Cards

For the Most part Court Cards refer to actual people but may also refer to character traits within us.

Page of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A hard working, disciplined and very responsible student/trainee; may also indicate a small financial increase.

Reversed meaning:
An irresponsible and rather lazy student with no desire to learn or succeed; may also warn of a small financial loss, theft or expense.

Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A solid, practical and very loyal person.

Reversed meaning:
A lazy, thieving individual.

Queen of Pentacles

Queen of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A kindly business woman with a taste for the finer things in life.

Reversed meaning:
An extremely insecure, self centered woman who uses money as a weapon.

King of Pentacles

King of Pentacles Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
An upstanding businessman; a true pillar of the community.

Reversed meaning:
An overly possessive man bent on controlling everything and everyone in his environment.

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