Learning the meaning of each tarot card in the suit of pentacles. Other names for Pentacles in Tarot are Coins or Discs.
Pentacles is the suit of the physical. This includes the body and health as well as the material world. The symbolism of a pentagram is traditionally : earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, so it is all encompassing of life as a whole.
Pentacles are best known for representing health and money, but they also represent anything to do with work, a job, a task, a craft. These are the cards of fortune - good and bad luck.
These interpretations are based on the Rider Waite Tarot but also include relevant comments from other packs and commentators. The comments in italic are mine and from time to time I will expand on them.
You will note that when reading Tarot cards, I almost always work on the positive of the card. The subject for whom the reading is being made will benefit more from being given positives tempered with warnings, than being given a serve of doom and gloom.
Each card tells a story, and it for you to build your own story lines using the explanations as a guide. After all it should be your own story line that matters most.
Ace of Pentacles:
Symbols - A hand emerging from a cloud holds a large pentacle. Below is a garden with lilies surrounded by a flowering hedge. An arched gateway leads to the outside world. Many Tarot packs simply show a large pentacle supported between two flowers.
Meaning - Perfection, Attainment. Prosperity. The combination of material and spiritual prosperity.
Reverse - Prosperity without happiness. Corruption by money. Misused wealth
New source of income. There is work to be done, but if the subject fixes their gaze on their outcomes, their path will take them there.
Two of Pentacles:
Symbols - A juggler balances two pentacles on the shore of a turbulent sea.
Meaning - Difficulty in launching new projects. Difficult situations arising. Worry, concern.
Reverse - Agility in handling matters. Literary ability.
The Meaning Of Each Tarot Card - This is a juggling finances card. It counsels astuteness in financial matters. Make provision for turbulent times. Current concerns are not as serious as imagined.
Three of Pentacles:
Symbols - A sculptor is at work in a monastery.
Meaning - Great skill in trade or work. Artistic ability.
Reverse - Mediocrity, commonplace ideas. Money problems.
Mastering one’s skills is called. Qualifications and knowledge gained will lead to reward. In regard to health, this card can also indicate positive results from a new treatment or therapy.
Four of Pentacles:
Symbols - A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another pentacle with arms and hands, whilst two pentacles rest beneath his feet.
Meaning - Love of material wealth. Hoarder, skinflint. Ungenerous person. Unable to share.
Reverse - Setbacks in material holdings. Opposition to further gain. Suspense, delay, opposition.
The Meaning Of Each Tarot Card - The message I see associated with this card is that the subject has got to give in order to get. Holding on to ones possessions for dear life is not going to take them anywhere.
Five of Pentacles:
Symbols - Two mendicants in a snowstorm pass by a lighted window. One is lame, both are destitute. The window displays five pentacles.
Meaning - Material troubles. Failure, loss, impoverishment.
Reverse - Problems in marriage, obstacles to resolution of personal relations.
A difficult time, but this too will pass. Where there is life there is hope. The opportunities they seek are there, but the subjects are unable to see them at this time. Things will get better. This relates to health concerns also.
Six of Pentacles:
Symbols -A prosperous merchant weighs money in a pair of scales and distributes coins to the needy.
Meaning -generosity, philanthropy, gratification. Material gain.
Reverse -Avarice. Selfishness. jealousy. Unpaid debts.
The Meaning Of Each Tarot Card - Business success combined with a generous sharing of proceeds. Sharing the proceeds of good fortune is a prerequisite for attracting more.
Seven of Pentacles:
Symbols - A young man leans on his staff and looks at pentacles distributed through the greenery.
Meaning - Ingenuity, hard work, growth. Successful dealings.
Reverse - Anxiety, impatience, loss of money. Unwise investments.
Success in a business venture, but there is more to the deal than meets the eye. Be aware of the detail. Often there is more profit in peripheral items than in the main product or service. Being a seven, patience or waiting is called for.
Eight of Pentacles:
Symbols - A young man works at inscribing a pentacle. There is a castle far in the background.
Meaning - Craftsmanship, skill in craft and business. Commission, personal effort.
Reverse - Lack of ambition. Failure, greed, conceit.
Starting a new venture. Hard work along the learning curve as new skills are learned.
Nine of Pentacles:
Symbols - A woman with a bird upon her left wrist stands amid an abundance of grape vines in the garden of a great house.
Meaning - Accomplishment. Foresight. Material well being, security. Love of nature.
Reverse - Threat to safety. Possible loss of a valued friendship of treasured possession.
The Meaning Of Each Tarot Card - Everything is blossoming and maturing. The fruits of the subjects labours a ready for harvest. Material goods are within their reach.
Ten of Pentacles:
Symbols - A man and woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a home and domain. A child and old man are also present.
Meaning - Prosperity, riches, security, family. Inheritance.
Reverse - Poor risk. Loss of inheritance or family standing..
This card pertains to family matters such as inheritance or financial help. Success and prosperity are guaranteed. If the subject in question is young this is the realisation of their new home and happiness.
Page of Pentacles:
Symbols - A youthful figure looks logingly at a pentacle which hovers just above his open hands.
Meaning - Application. Study. Respect for knowledge. Desire for learning and new ideas. Bearer of news.
Reverse - An unrealistic person. Failure to recognise the obvious. Illogical thinking. Bad news.
The Meaning Of Each Tarot Card - This is a good luck card for both material and health matters.
Knight of Pentacles:
Symbols - The knight rides a slow heavy horse. He wears full armour and holds a pentacle in his right hand as he surveys the country-side.
Meaning - A mature and responsible person. Methodical, reliable, persistent. Ability to conclude a task. A dependable person.
Reverse - Stagnation. Carelessness. Lack of determination. Limits set by dogmatic views.
A patient, well organised, hard working person. Their penchant for organising things may at time be a bit obsessive.
Queen of Pentacles:
Symbols - The queen of pentacles is seated on her throne holding a large pentacle upon which she contemplates. the setting of the throne is in a garden. The rabbit of fertility appears from its burrow.
Meaning - Prosperity and wellbeing. A rich person, but generous and charitable. A noble soul.
Reverse - Suspicious, distrustful, anxious. Responsibilities neglected. Fear of failure.
The Meaning Of Each Tarot Card - A practical down to earth woman. A good organiser. A supportive and perceptive wife.
King of Pentacles:
Symbols - The king sits upon his throne holding a sceptre in his right hand and a pentacle resting on his left knee. The back of his throne a decorated with the heads of bulls which are very much his symbol.
Meaning - An experienced and successful leader. A person of character and intelligence. Successful businessman, loyal friend.
Reverse - Corrupt, addictive tendencies, untrustworthy, unreliable.
This is the father figure. Wise yet helpful. Not given to compromise, however he is a masterful individual who brings common-sense to the table.