This week’s card to study is the Five of Pentacles.
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Material Trouble
In the Five of Pentacles from the Robin Wood Tarot, we can see two lost souls, who are obviously down on their luck, outside in the middle of the winter. The man, who is missing his left leg, stands with the assistance of a walking stick and his eye and head is bandaged. A woman (?) is kneeling down, holding her body so tight in a ball, all you can see her hair and one hand raised, hoping for money. Both of their clothes are tattered and torn and it’s obvious that they’re freezing; their exposed skin on their hands and face are red and frostnip. They are experiencing the first stage of frostbite and are in desperate need of help.
Rider-Waite-Smith Five of Pentacles for comparison:
The Five of Pentacles card lies among the Minor Arcana, which represents day-to-day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.
Pentacle Suit –
The Pentacles suit is associated with the element Earth which represents materials things, money, resources, stability, work for physical reward, health, finances, practicality, being grounded. What we have.
Astrological Correspondences – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn (Earth signs)
The Golden Dawn correspondences for the Five of Pentacles: Mercury in Taurus.
After the stability in the fours, we are now being faced with challenges of the fives. We’re being forced or encouraged to adapt and adjust. But, change is not always a bad thing. Keywords: change, freedom, progressive, rebellion.
In need, poverty, hard times, bad luck, financial loss or loss of job, destitution, health concerns, rejecting help, being left out in the cold, feeling abandoned.
- Walking stick/crutch – aid and support is available.
- The window/light – light on one side, darkness on the other, where they are. Will they walk into the light and ask for help, or not?
The Five of Pentacles is a card about falling on hard times, taking the help you’ve been offered, and not giving up.
This card usually implies a financial downfall. This could mean losing your job, losing your investments, or losing everything like your home and now you’re poverty struck and in need of help and support. The Pentacles also represents the body therefore, this could point to a health issue or illness. Either way, it’s important to know that you have people around you who are willing to help. The question is: will you accept their help or not? And if you don’t, why aren’t you? Are you too proud or do you feel ashamed, are you in denial, or is it possible you don’t realize you have the support available?
If you are a religious or a spiritual person, this is a time when you may rely heavily on your faith to see you through this period.
Emotionally speaking, the Five of Pentacles could also represent a time of isolation, feeling alone, or abandoned. Anxiety or fear that you do not have enough or losing what you got; worries about money and security. This is a good time to look inward and ask yourself what is most important to you or what can you do to change these feelings.
Regardless of the circumstance, you should ask yourself if have any responsibility for your current situation. If so, what can you learn from it? Any number of things may have contributed: greed, being naïve or too trusting, being insecure, etc.
Career: As I stated above, this financial strife can be due to losing your job. Another possibility, is this card may imply you’re not completely satisfied with the current direction of your career. Either way, this is a time to be resourceful and be proactive. Get yourself out there and network, send resumes out, use a job search agency, etc.
In the meantime, do everything you can to lessen the stress and burden of having little to no money coming in. Do what you need to do and be creative. If have material items you can sell, do it. Create a budget based on your savings and stick to it. If you are not lucky enough to have money for a rainy day, allow loved ones to help you. Try not to be stubborn, or not to feel ashamed – that’s what friends and family are for and the people who are willing to help you, know that you would do the same for them.
You may find yourself instead being overly worried about success and what society has deemed what success looks like. Try not to get caught up in what others think.
Romance: Unfortunately, any kind of setback, especially a financial one, may cause tension and stress in a relationship. Try to be supportive of one another through this tough time.
If you are single, you may have been too insecure and scared of rejection that you hold back and as a result, you find yourself alone and isolated. This would be a good time to let your guard down, open up and let someone in.
Remember this may be a really rough time in your life, but do not give up and the help that’s offered.
Questions to ask:
How can I get back on track?
What are my priorities; what is truly important?
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
– Dalai Lama
This is my interpretation of this card. It may differ from other Tarotists, and yours as well, and that’s okay. Please work to create your own card meanings; learning the Tarot is not about memorizing.
In addition, remember nuances of the interpretation may differ depending on the Querent’s question, the spread, the surrounding cards, and what your intuition may be telling you at the time..
The Tarot card used is from the Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood 1991 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.
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