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Welcome to lesson 7

Now we will cover the numbered cards of the fourth suit, the Pentacles.

The Suit of Pentacles Tarot meanings are mostly focused on material aspects: money, work, property. This suit tells us of our financial situation and future possibilities.

The interpretation with the Pentacles Suit is most often related to what you make out of your material reality. How are you doing in terms of wealth, career and so on?

As always, there are to sides of the coin. The negative part is related to going to the extreme, i.e. to being too greedy, or too careless in terms of managing your finances, to excessively prioritizing work over anything else.

Pentacles are also associated with ego and self-esteem, so watch-out for this more esoteric symbolism, as well.


Lesson 7 – The Suit of Pentacles

The fourth suit of the Minor Arcana is the Pentacles.

This suit is associated with the element Earth, representing practicality, and security and material wealth.

  • Positive attitudes associated with this suit are self-worth, success, financial prudence, stability.
  • Negative attitudes associated with Pentacles are greed, financial loss, material obsession.

Take out from your deck the Pentacles and keep the remaining cards wrapped in your cloth.

Just like you did in previous lessons, focus on the first card, the Ace of Pentacles, and try to memorize the key words associated with the card. Make notes of any words or symbols you get from the card before moving onto the next one. Do this until you have completed all.

Ace of Pentacles

– Earth
– positive: security, wealth, recognition
– negative: greed, self-obsession, superficiality

2 of Pentacles

– Harmonious Change
– positive: changing fortunes, journeys, foresight
– negative: distractions, inconsistency, impending trouble

3 of Pentacles

– Material works
– positive: recognition, teamwork, prosperity – negative: delays, criticism, bitterness

4 of Pentacles

– Earthly power
– positive: contentment, emotional and material security – negative: greed, indecision, material obsession

5 of Pentacles

– Material trouble
– positive: none
– negative: financial loss, unemployment, hard times

6 of Pentacles

– Material success
– positive: charity, prosperity, balance
– negative: loss, careless money management

7 of Pentacles

– Success unfulfilled
– positive: perseverance, sustained effort, eventual success
– negative: failed opportunities, despondency, self induced money problems

8 of Pentacles

– Prudence
– positive: change in fortune, craft skills, satisfaction
– negative: lack of direction, squandered opportunities

9 of Pentacles

– Material gain
– positive: material success, achievement, solitude – negative: devious means, financial instability

10 of Pentacles

– Wealth
– positive: inheritance, wealth, family ties, emotional security – negative: financial problems, family restrictions

Page of Pentacles

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus

– this card can represent a child – male or female
– appearance – brown hair, brown/dark eyes
– positive characteristics – conscientious, honourable, loyal – negative characteristics – lazy, greedy, impatient

possible event – prudence, and careful money management is required as finances are short. Any news about money though will be good news.

Knight of Pentacles

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus

– this card can represent a young man less than 35 years of age – appearance – brown hair, brown/dark eyes
– positive characteristics – practical, hardworking, truthful
– negative characteristics – smug, complacent, lazy

possible event – improvements in your financial situation but patience is required, if negative you will have some temporary set backs financially

Queen of Pentacles

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus

– this card can represent a woman of any age
– appearance – black/dark hair, dark eyes
– positive characteristics – financially responsible, down to earth, compassionate – negative characteristics – materialistic, suspicious, insecure

possible event – too much worry about financial matters, being overly protective of others.

King of Pentacles

– Astrological signs associated with this card are Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus

– this card can represent a man aged 35 or over
– appearance – black/dark hair, dark eyes
– positive characteristics – patient, trustworthy, practical
– negative characteristics – materialistic, insensitive, jealous

possible event – resolute action will lead to financial gain, good fortune in money matters, if negative you may have strong opponents working against you.


Practical Exercise

– you can now practice the 3 card reading with the entire deck, minus the court cards.

Remember to keep making notes in your notebook as you practice.

 

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