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The Meaning of Pentacles in the Minor Arcana

The suit of Pentacles, Coins, or Discs is associated with materiality but also with prudence. It evolved from the clover suit from the French Marseille tarot deck (despite the fact that Wikipedia claims it’s linked to Diamonds… ). You can see the connection because some tarot decks place the clover insignia, rather than a pentacle, on each coin face. A pentacle is a five-pointed unicursal star often used to decorate an amulet or talisman; however, the word can also refer to any talisman, even those without the star symbol. 

Coins are linked to the element earth and represent body or matter as well as money and physical health. Coins are what we use to assign value to matter; while money is an absraction of the thing itself, it is a vessel by which people trade and communicate to shape a shared planet. That is why coins are associated with the cardinal virtue of prudence which means acting with cautiousness or wisdom espeically in planning for the future. Coins can be easily gambled away or used carelessly; rather, it is important to use foresight and consideration. Of course, coins are a metaphor for all things material. Another way of looking at it would be to think of using all matter with foresight, for example, the environment or your own body.

While materiality has a bad wrap and is linked to superficiality, the material world is an essential and profound aspect of the human experience. The famous psychologist, Jung, linked the tarot suit Coins to sensory perception. We interact with earth’s materials, getting dirty or cleaning up, rearranging things - we have fulfilling and daunting physical interactions from which life takes meaning and we accumulate knowledge. That is why this suit is also linked to reflection and memory. The material world leads us back into ourselves and we learn to assign value to earth’s objects. Additionlly, we learn which objects are especially powerful or magical to us. That is why coins also represent transendant, magical power.

The element earth is associated with female, nurturing traits as well as groundedness and kindness. It is used as a symbol of peace and coherence despite differences. It is also a symbol of bounty and harvest, fullness and sensuality. According to Chinese Medicine, when a person is deficient in the earthliness category, they can be overcome by anxiety and neuroticism, becoming flighty and meddlesome. They may also be out of touch with their own physical existence, pushing to extremes causing them to be overtired and overworked, eventually leading them to illness which, if not corrected, could become chronic and long-lasting. Because of this ungrounded drive, even though they are striving to get a lot done, they will be stifled by a clouded mind and inability to exercise prudence.

Overall, the coin or pentacles suit represents the physical manifestations of our humanity and our ability to use our mental capacity to interact thoughtfully and carefully with the world around us, including plants and animals as well as other human beings. When we abstract the material world we have the capacity to lose touch with the essential things it represents causing us to act coldly or cruelly and to make decisions without considering the real world impact.

Ace of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Ace of Pentacles symbolizes a gift from the hand of heaven. It often means the appearance of a new opportunity or prosperity.

If You Drew This Card…

The interpretation of each tarot card is subjective to the reader, as each can carry many different meanings and depend on the cards next to it in a reading. Here are some possible interpretations of the Ace of Pentacles.

Eight of Pentacles

At a Glance

In the Minor Arcana, the Eight of Pentacles tarot card represents a great effort to achieve. This usually corresponds with extended periods of hard work and development.

If You Drew This Card…

The patterns and positions used in tarot readings play a major role in how the cards are interpreted. Here are a few tips to help you understand how the Eight of Pentacles applies to your life.

Five of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Five of Pentacles depicts two mendicants – beggars seeking aid at a brightly lit church or castle. Both people are walking against the falling snow.

If You Drew This Card…

Even if you have very little experience reading tarot cards you can probably guess that the Five of Pentacles does not have a very fortunate meaning. You can read this card in a straightforward manner although reflecting on it with these questions can help you learn its deeper meanings:

Four of Pentacles

At a Glance

A seated man clasps a large golden pentacle to his chest while other pentacles are seen under his feet and behind his head.

If You Drew This Card…

As the Pentacles suit refers broadly to material circumstances, including finances, we have to consider the way we reserve and budget resources. These questions can guide your reflection:

King of Pentacles

At a Glance

The tarot card Minor Arcana King of Pentacles is all about financial security, personal happiness and spiritual attunement.

If You Drew This Card…

Drawing this card may lead you to consider how your industriousness is working for or against you. This card can represent various life situations, as detailed below.

Knight of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Knight of Pentacles is a Minor Arcane tarot card symbolizing ambition, vision and grounded nature. It often represents contemplating a future change, especially in regards to career.

If You Drew This Card…

There are many ways to interpret this card, depending on where it is drawn during a reading, as well as whether or not it is in the upright or reverse direction.

Nine of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Nine of Pentacles is a general sign of encouragement and positive energy. In the Minor Arcana, it is a card that represents happiness, prosperity and hope.

If You Drew This Card…

With tarot cards, you can delve into your past, present and future to uncover deeper truths about your life. Here are a few common ways to interpret this card during a reading.

Page of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Page of Pentacles shows a youth considering a beautiful golden pentacle hovering in the air just above their hands. They reach out to hold it gently, ignoring the beautiful environment surrounding them.

If You Drew This Card…

Starting a new endeavor is very exciting! This card speaks directly to the new energy that rises up when we embark on a new course of study, new career, or even a new relationship. We can consider our reactions to newness with questions like these:

Queen of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Queen of Pentacles is a Minor Arcane tarot card that stands for generosity and security. It often represents feelings of warmth or a person or atmosphere that is full of trust and security.

If You Drew This Card…

There are many different interpretations of tarot, typically depending on where in the reading the cards are drawn and whether they are upright or reversed. Here are some ways in which this card could be interpreted during a reading.

Seven of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Seven of Pentacles serves as a card that symbolizes contemplation and the development of ideas that lead to prosperity as they mature. Depending on its adjacent cards and its upright or reversed status, though, this can mean many different things.

If You Drew This Card…

As you contemplate the card’s position and its orientation, consider these possible interpretations. They will help guide you.

Six of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Six of Pentacles has a unique place in the Minor Arcana. It symbolizes the ease with which generosity comes when one is prosperous, but it also symbolizes the good it nevertheless does when it is performed with modesty.

If You Drew This Card…

Drawing a Six of Pentacles points to generosity in the present, gifts, and possibly envy or jealousy, depending on whether it is Upright or Reversed when drawn.

Ten of Pentacles

If You Drew This Card…

This lovely card depicts success, relaxation, and pleasure. In many ways it is the ideal goal, the most perfect outcome we can image. We can learn about how we relate to success – both real and imagined – with these questions:

Three of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Three of Pentacles is a Minor Arcana tarot card that represents a fulfillment or satisfaction in word. It often indicates an opportunity to work with others or a satisfaction in jobs that involve working with others.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards carry many different meanings, and interpretation is generally left up to the individual. Here is some insight into the possible meanings of the Three of Pentacles in your life.

Two of Pentacles

At a Glance

The Two of Pentacles is a Minor Arcana tarot card that symbolizes balance and prioritization. It often indicates a need to balance the many responsibilities that come with life, such as family, finances and work

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards carry many different meanings. Here are some ways that you might interpret the Two of Pentacles if it appears for you.

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