Pentacles – Full Meaning

Pentacles

The Pentacles Suit

pentaclePentacles are associated with the Earth:
The body – I Possess/Physical

Also known as: Coins, discs, spheres, stones, or diamonds.

Pentacles Keywords: Materials things, money, resources, stability, work for physical reward, health, finances, practicality, being grounded.

Minor Arcana

The Minor cards represent day-to-day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.

Pentacles/Feminine/Passive – Traits

“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”
– John Hoeven

When I think of Earth, I immediately think of our planet and nature; fertile ground, mountains, trees, flower, vegetation, and animals – all the beauty Mother Earth, Gaia, gives us; our physical world.

Pentacles are associated with our body and our health. Earth provides us food and nourishment, and a solid foundation, and due to the gravitational pull, Earth keeps us grounded. Being grounded, solid, stable, and reliable, puts us in a good position for attainment. Pentacles are the doers of the suits. They are practical, resourceful, and are productive hard workers. However, while the Wands will work at what they’re passionate about, Pentacles people are looking for a reward, whether it be physical, monetary, or something that will help them later on, like a connection.

I want to discuss the subtle differences between work and career in the Wands suit versus Pentacles.

A person who wants to be an actor (career/Wands) may work as a waiter (work/Pentacles) because it’s the type of job that’s flexible and allows him the time to go to auditions. It also allows him to put food on the table for his family (resource/payoff).

Here’s an example of the difference in payoffs:

A Pentacles person may work out for a healthy, body that also looks really attractive. So the reward is health and looking good (very Pentacles). However, a Wands person, who is a body builder, will probably be proud of how he looks, but for him, it’s a kind of religion; a spiritual payoff.

Earth is also slow moving, and so Pentacles are patient, tolerant, and have strong endurance. They are sound, reliable business people, who will make a commitment and stick by it. They know how to pace themselves and are willing to work as long as it takes to get the job done, as long as they’re rewarded for it in some way. They can take a business from scratch and build it into an empire. They take pleasure in creating a solid foundation, that will hold up for years to come.

The Pentacle are also known as Coins and it’s befitting to their personality.

Pentacle people love money. They love working with money, investing money, saving money, and spending money. Although, they are not risk takers and will make smart, sound investments. Nevertheless, they tend to be materialistic and like to flaunt  their money and possessions. To these Pentacles, money equals success. They’ll have a big house, a luxury car, fine jewelry, and take lavish vacations; only the best will do. Because they love working with money and are good investors, then tend to work in the financial industry as bankers, financiers, venture capitalists, stock brokers, C.P.A.s, and financial planning, et cetera.

When it comes to relationships, they are just as committed and stable and marry for life. They are family oriented and love being a family unit. They enjoy being parents and some can’t imagine a life without children. In fact, that could be a deal breaker to some in a relationship. They’re affectionate, touchy-feely types, who love to hug and cuddle and they like to do things together as a family. Their idea of romance, is buying their partner an expensive gift. However, I would expect the Pentacle who loves nature (see next paragraph) to take their partner on a picnic. They are also loyal, dependable friends, who will give you the shirt off their back.

Pentacles people also love nature. They are very involved with their environment, our planet, and conservation. They like to be outside and enjoy sports and activities such as hiking, nature walks, bird watching, working with animals, horseback riding. These types of Pentacles like to work with nature or animals, so they may be farmers, geologists, archeologists, veterinarians, zoologists, botanists, and so on.

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Negative StateJust as earth can offer a stable foundation, outside influences such as water, can quickly turn it to mud, and wash the earth away, causing the foundation to crumble.

Some Pentacles people can be too materialistic. They could be obsessed with money, so much so, that they don’t care about anything else. They value their money/possessions over their loved ones. These types of people should be careful not to overspend and forget to save for a rainy day. If they begin to feel like they do not have enough, they will panic and may have an unrealistic, gloomy perspective, thinking their whole world is about to end. On the other hand, sometimes Pentacles may need to lose everything to learn that money can not buy happiness. When you lose the fancy house and cars, you can also lose your ‘so called’ friends and/or spouse. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but possibly a necessary one.

When feeling down and out and desperate, they could make poor investments, or get involved with get rich quick schemes, and even getting their friends involved.

Some Pentacles can be superficial, choosing a spouse for their looks (think trophy wife/husband) or maybe for their inheritance or connections. These Pentacle types are all about “me”. They may be a gold digger, loving money and nothing else. Some may even choose to become a high end escort or have a “sugar daddy”.

Another aspect of superficiality is being vain and caring too much about how they look. They tend to care too much what their friends, peers, and community think of them, so they can become obsessed with their outer appearance; how thin they are, what clothes they wear (designer), getting plastic surgery, and so on.

The same way you can get stuck in mud, Pentacles can be stubborn, get stuck in their ways, and get stuck in a rut. Pentacles can be too slow moving, sluggish, and lazy, making it difficult to keep up with their commitments. This can lead them to neglect their health, their family, and their pets.

Correspondences:

  • Season: Autumn
  • Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
  • Tree of Life: Assiah – active world
  • Direction: North
  • Timing: Midnight – Sunrise & Years
  • Symbol: Gnome
  • Color: Green
  • Qualities: Cold and Dry


Societal Expressions
– s/he’s down-to-earth or earthy; S/he’s the salt of the earth; a tree hugger; stick in the mud

Famous PentacleWarren Buffet – One of the most successful investors and a philanthropist, pledging to donate 99% of his money to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which included global development.

Beginning March 19, 2017, I began drawing a new Tarot card each week to study and learn. Click here to see all the Weekly Tarot Cards in one place.

I dive deep into each card and this is what I cover in each post:

  • card description
  • RWS card for comparison (if it’s a different deck)
  • esoteric title
  • the suit meaning
  • astrological correspondences
  • numerical meaning
  • symbols, 2-3 important ones
  • the card’s meaning – general, career, & romance
  • questions to ask with this card
  • affirmation/quote

As a beginner, it is understandable that you have the urge to ‘memorize’ the card meanings – we all did. While I feel it’s fine to memorize a few keywords that resonate with you the most, it is crucial to learn and devise your own interpretation for each card. I suggest taking those keywords and use mind mapping to expand on each word. You’ll be amazed how this exercise can open and broaden your mind.

Pentacle cards I have since drawn:


  1. Weekly Tarot Card – King of Pentacles
  2. Weekly Tarot Card – Five of Pentacles
  3. Weekly Tarot Card – Three of Pentacles
  4. Weekly Tarot Card – Ten of Pentacles

To see keywords for each card in the Pentacles suit click here.