Tarot Pentacles are one of the four suits (Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands) which comprise the Minor Arcana. Each suit carries specific meanings based on the image the suit is built around. If you’re learning to read tarot understanding the symbols on each card is important in order to offer an accurate reading. Part of accurately reading the tarot is understanding the meaning and interpretations of the suits themselves. In this article we’ll break down what the pentacles mean and how knowing them will improve your readings.
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Tarot Pentacles are the cards most readers associate with money because in many versions of the tarot deck, including my favorite the original Rider-Waite deck, the Pentacles look like coins or are symbolized in coins. However, their meaning is much more broad.
The Suit of Pentacles is tied to earth symbolism and earth signs in the zodiac (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn). Earthy symbols are highly influenced by the things we find in the physical world, in physical comforts and pleasures, and in things that are tangible. Material goods, money, possessions, and even our physical bodies are rooted in earthy symbols. An earth metaphor will also speak to the behaviors of a person which are practical and well-reasoned. These emotions are not passionate and exaggerated. They are calm, collected, generally pragmatic, and consider the long-term costs and gains of an action.
In every sense of the word, Tarot Pentacles can be considered the cards of reality. They exemplify what exists in our physical world and in many cases what *can* exist if we choose to take actions toward those goals. It is considered a good life to be financially secure, to have good health, and to enjoy the comforts of a safe home. People may be born with some of these advantages and most of us need to take steps to allow them to occur in the physical world, such as working a regular paying job, going to the doctor for routine checkups, and avoiding recklessly spending our money. The Pentacles will highlight where these things are going right and where we need to focus our effort.
The Ace of Pentacles is the starting point of the suit and almost 100% of the time indicates a new start in life. Often, these new starts are quite a good thing and indicate positive movement for the querent (the asker).
Next come the number cards, numbered from 2 to 10. Each card has a specific meaning but they also relate to each other within the context of “from least to greatest”. Each suit’s number cards progress from the easiest and happiest points in life starting with the number two, and move through greater challenges and more difficult obstacles until reaching number ten which is the culmination of the journey started with the Ace. For Tarot Pentacles, the end card is one of success and happiness. The journey ends on a high note with the players enjoying life and experiencing all the good things it has to offer in this material world.
Then comes the Royal Arcana, which
are the face cards. These consist of a Page, a Knight, a Queen, and a
King. While the number cards walk you through a journey, the face cards
focus on personality traits and behaviors. These are especially
important because they give insight into how a person acts, or reacts,
and what their strengths and weaknesses will be in different situations.
They are also good mirrors for the querent to see how they might be
coming across to other people.
The most important thing to remember is the cards cover a wide variety of situations, people, personalities, and events. How each card can be interpreted by itself is important but understanding the card’s place in its suit, and in the tarot deck as a whole, is more important. The cards use each other to build a story so taking one out of context will result in a less useful reading.
Ace of Pentacles- The Ace of Pentacles is an excellent card for those asking financial questions. It brings about good luck and prosperity when a change to one's career or business takes place. Read more about the Ace of Pentacles here.
Two of Pentacles- The Two of Pentacles highlights the need to find balance in life. In some cases, this requires being flexible about where to put your energy and effort and allowing others to help you. Read more about the Two of Pentacles here.
Three of Pentacles- The Three of Pentacles is an industrious card, showing the gaining of skills and learning new things. There is also a strong thread of using this new information in endeavors of creation. Read more about the Three of Pentacles here.
Four of Pentacles- The Four of Pentacles shows great success at achieving wealth, but the downsides of realizing no happiness from doing so and in fact, a tendency towards hoarding it. Read more about the Four of Pentacles here.
Five of Pentacles- The Five of Pentacles brings some heavy circumstances to reality. They include the loss of financial security, health woes, and the feelings of isolation. Read more about the Five of Pentacles here.
Six of Pentacles- The Six of Pentacles focuses on the balance one can bring to the world through acts of charity and generosity. Everyone has something to contribute. Read more about the Six of Pentacles here.
Seven of Pentacles- The Seven of Pentacles is the midpoint of the Tarot Pentacles, and is a card of rest. The results of hard work are coming to fruition, but patience is needed. Read more about the Seven of Pentacles here.
Eight of Pentacles- The Eight of Pentacles is devoted to the benefits of diligently focusing on, and working at, learning and mastering a new skill. Read more about the Eight of Pentacles here.
Nine of Pentacles- The Nine of Pentacles is a very positive card in regards to careers and money. The hard work has come to fruition and luxury and contentment abound. Read more about the Nine of Pentacles here.
Ten of Pentacles- The Ten of Pentacles is the pinnacle of a journey and highlights a life well-lived which results in a comfortable retirement, both financially and with a strong familial bond. Read more about the Ten of Pentacles here.
Page of Pentacles- The Page of Pentacles is a lighthearted and optimistic outlook which bodes well for material possessions and wealth, in addition to good health. Read more about the Page of Pentacles here.
Knight of Pentacles- The Knight of Pentacles is a card of responsibility, reliability, and the steady pursuit (and achievement) of goals even in the face of hardship. Read more about the Knight of Pentacles here.
Queen of Pentacles- The Queen of Pentacles highlights the benefits of success and instead of hoarding money, using it to enjoy things of beauty and luxury. Read more about the Queen of Pentacles here.
King of Pentacles- The King of Pentacles is the final card in the Tarot Pentacles and speaks to the achievement of goals and financial security. With maturity comes success and with success comes security. Read more about the King of Pentacles here.
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