The suit of pentacles (earth) represents the physical aspects of our lives: career, money, finances, and physical health. However, they also contain a spiritual aspect.
As with all the Minor Arcana, the pentacles numbered cards represent the more everyday events and situations in our lives when related to career, jobs, finances, health or other aspects of our lives that relate to our physical experience.
The Ace of Pentacles—an auspicious card to draw in a reading.
The pentacles court cards, as with other court cards, represent aspects of our personality, the people we will meet, or the situations we encounter. Again, the emphasis is on the physical aspects.
The suit of pentacles is sometimes called coins or disks (in regular playing cards they are diamonds).
Astrologically, the pentacles are related to the three earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. If you know the meanings of these signs, then you can take many of typical characteristics of this element and apply them to the suit of pentacles in tarot, too.
New beginnings in career or finances. New financial opportunity. Prosperity. Gain.
Keeping balance. Time management. Planning. Prioritizing. Adapting to changing situations.
Implementing the plans made with the Two of Pentacles. Creation. Teamwork. New projects. Moving forward with plans. Skill in work. Focus.
Four of Pentacles
Control and management of resources. Spending and saving money. Saving for a rainy day. Budgeting. Excessive spending. Over caution in spending.
The Four of Pentacles can mean either economizing or relaxing your control on spending.
Five of Pentacles
Poverty. Need. Money troubles. Limiting beliefs about money. Illness. Worry.
Six of Pentacles
Giving and receiving. Waiting to receive. Flow of resources. Charity. Prosperity.
Seven of Pentacles
Receiving (or waiting) for the rewards of your efforts. Delays. Perseverance. Assessing your situation.
Eight of Pentacles
Craftsmanship. Skill in craft and business. Perfection. Working hard. Employment. Focussed on work.
Nine of Pentacles
Accomplishment. Wealth. Financial independence.
Ten of Pentacles
Wealth. Completion of financial goals. Abundance. Inheritance.
Page of Pentacles
Study. Apprenticeship. Starting a new job or business. New ideas related to work.
Knight of Pentacles
Methodical. Moving forward on career plans. Practical. Patient. Commonsense approach.
The Knight of Pentacles stops to choose the right time to proceed.
Queen of Pentacles
Practical. Down-to-earth attitude. Domestic. Patient. Close to nature. Enjoys the good things in life.
King of Pentacles
Practical. Good at business. Abundance. Cautious. Conservative.
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