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.
A new financial opportunity or a sudden and unexpected financial increase.
An unexpected financial loss or expense.
Successfully balancing the budget.
Excessive spending and poor management will lead to financial difficulties. Borrowing or lending money is a strong possibility.
Creative endeavors will be financially successful.
Personal issues regarding creative endeavors, such as avoidance, fear and a lack of self confidence, are delaying progress.
The pressure is off as finances are finally stabilizing.
Anxiety over finances weighs heavily on the mind.
There is a serious lack of money and only a tremendous amount of effort will change the situation for the better.
Depression caused by poverty or unemployment. Some form of financial assistance may also be required.
Sharing the wealth. Giving or receiving gifts, donations or even settlements.
Careless mistakes can cost you financially.
A great deal of hard work now in hope of a future pay-off.
Hard work with little or no pay-off. A change in strategy is needed.
Learning new skills through an apprenticeship or other employment training program.
A lack of training and/or skills limits employment opportunities.
Financial well-being from wise money choices.
Quarrels and concerns over money choices and/or irresponsible spending.
Coming into a large amount of money, possibly from an inheritance or investment of some kind.
Burdened with family financial issues.
For the Most part Court Cards refer to actual people but may also refer to character traits within us.
A hard working, disciplined and very responsible student/trainee; may also indicate a small financial increase.
An irresponsible and rather lazy student with no desire to learn or succeed; may also warn of a small financial loss, theft or expense.
A solid, practical and very loyal person.
A lazy, thieving individual.
A kindly business woman with a taste for the finer things in life.
An extremely insecure, self centered woman who uses money as a weapon.
An upstanding businessman; a true pillar of the community.
An overly possessive man bent on controlling everything and everyone in his environment.
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