This week’s card to study is the Ten of Pentacles
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Wealth
The Ten of Pentacles from the Illuminati Tarot depicts a family spending time together. A man is holding his wife in his arms while one of their children hides behind them and the other is with his grandfather. They are all dressed quite opulently and in so much red and gold leading us to believe they are very wealthy. This grand residence was possibly once the grandfather’s and has been passed down to his son. They’re a happy unit and the two dogs complete the picture.
Rider-Waite Smith Ten of Pentacles for comparison:
The Ten 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 the physical: materials things, money, resources, stability, work for physical reward, health, finances, practicality, being grounded, what we have/possess.
Astrological Correspondences – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn (Earth signs)
The Golden Dawn correspondences for the Ten of Pentacles: Mercury in Virgo.
Tens can be viewed as the number 10 or reduced to the number 1. Personally, I view it as the number 10, the end of a ten stage cycle and on the cusp of beginning a new one. The tenth Sephiroth Malkuth means Kingdom and represents manifestation of all creation. Keywords: completion, endings and beginnings, finality, renewal, mastery, transition, reaching a higher level.
Similar to Ten of Cups but in this card, the family in the cups is also financially secure. In addition wealth, inheritance, prosperity, being established, retirement, stable family, security, strong family ties/support, healthy life.
- Grandfather’s Clothes – in both decks the grandfather is dressed in clothing only a wealthy man could afford
- Dogs – again in both decks, they symbolize the ideal house: with a white picket fence and a dog. In addition, they’re man’s best friend.
- Ten Pentacles in RWS – the placement of the ten pentacles represents the Ten Sephiroth in the Tree of Life
In the Nine of Pentacles, you see a woman alone enjoying the fruits of her labor and now in the Ten of Pentacles you see an older man and his family enjoying the fruits on his labor but, so much more than that.
The Ten of Pentacles card is multifaceted.
One message from this card is that your hard work is paying off in spades. Tens represent completion and thus the Ten of Pentacles is associated with the completion of goals regarding money, stability, and security. Completion in this card doesn’t necessarily mean the end; it means you are on the path to success and prosperity. You can now begin to look to future and lay the groundwork to achieve the type of success and wealth you can pass down to your children. On the other hand, you may already be in that position and now you’re looking to ensure it stays that way by investing properly, looking into your savings, and your lifestyle. Many successful people who came from nothing, have never learned how to save and they blow through their money and stability and find themselves drowning in debt. Try to me smart with your money and avoid this scenario from occurring.
The other message from this card is you may be considering retiring. You have worked hard your entire life. You made certain your children had food on the table, had a roof over their head, were able to go to college and now this is your time to relax and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. But most of all, to enjoy it with your family.
In either situation, leaving your children an inheritance or material things is nice and leaves them secure, but what else have you left them with? Have you taught them the value of hard work? Have you passed down your wisdom from life experiences as well as teaching them what’s important in life? Are there family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation? These things your family can hold onto even if there is no money to leave in a will.
This is the time to reflect on these issues and plan for the future and to also appreciate what you have – security and more importantly, family.
I also look at this card as the Ten of Cups but also being financially secure. You have a happy family life, happy home, you’re all healthy, and well off; you basically have it all.
Career: If you’ve been working, the Ten of Pentacles suggests you’re at a point in your career where you’ve reached the highest level you can go. Possibly you’re the CEO, the President of your division, or a manager. You’ve made it to the top and you feel secure in your job and financially secure in your personal life. And I said above, you may perhaps be reaching the point where you’re considering retiring.
If you are just starting your career, this is the time to start planning for the future. Begin working towards a promotion so you can advance in your company and look into their 401K plan so you can invest in your future. If you are already working on a promotion, this card can indicate you’ll be successful getting it.
If you are looking for a job, the Ten of Pentacles suggests you may soon land that dream job that you worked so hard towards in college obtaining your degree.
Romance: If you are in a serious relationship, you may find that both of you are feeling committed and want to take this relationship to the next level. You may decide to get married and/or to have children and create a life together.
If you are already married and have children, this is the time to begin planning for you and your children’s future. When it come to finances, you’ll want to invest well, keep a budget, and save as much as you can. As I stated under the general meaning, there is much more than material things that you can leave your kids. Are you doing all you can to teach them, to support them, to pass your wisdom and experience onto them? To teach them that money doesn’t grow on trees and so forth.
If you’re single, this may be the time to start looking at your future and what you want it to look like. Do you want to get married? Do you want children? Do you know what is important to you in a partner? Take some time to answer these questions and then when you have answered all of them, you’ll be ready to look for love. You’ll know exactly what you want and you won’t waste your time on those who do not meet your needs.
Questions to ask:
- What values have you taught your children?
- Do you have the time to appreciate loved ones?
- What will be your legacy?
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”
~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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 card is from the Tarot Illuminati by author and/or Erik C. Dunne 2013 Lo Scarabeo srl, via Cigna 110, 10155 Torino, Italy. All rights reserved, used by permission.
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