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.
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:
The Five of Pentacles challenges the idea that material abundance is endless; just one wall separates abundance from deprivation.
This particular Five challenges ideas about personal material security and asks hard questions about how we relate to the fact of poverty, pain, disability, disease, and generational privation. Even if we feel helpless to solve the overarching problems, we are still trying to assist individuals? Who have we helped? Who have we shied away from helping?
Finally, this card makes us take a hard look at our own responses to finding ourselves in trying circumstances. When faced with pronounced need have we asked for the necessary help? Have we sought assistance to solve our problems? Have we even been able to recognize help when it is offered?
The cheerful scene depicted on the Four of Wands shows two figures in the distance holding up bouquets of flowers. In the foreground we can see four Wands draped with rich floral garlands; a castle or manor can be seen in the distance.