In the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, the Suit of Pentacles symbolize prosperity and the physical world: wealth, real estate, family. When cards with Pentacles appear in a tarot reading, they represent the harvest of life that arrives only after we master the lessons of the three previous suits of Cups, Wands, and Swords.
Here's an easy way to remember the four Minor Arcana suits:
1. Cups water the seed of inspiration.
2. Wands are the first growth that sprout from the earth, watered by the Suit of Cups.
3. Swords strengthen the growth brought forth by the Suit of Wands by pruning so it may become a fruit-bearing tree.
4. Finally, in Pentacles the reinvigorated tree bears seeded fruit so the cycle may start anew.
Here are definitions for each card in the Suit of Pentacles:
Meanings: The purest evocation of prosperity, fertility, and generosity. The beginning of a new phase of life that promises all of these things. Reversed: The desire to reap the so far elusive fruits of labor.
Meanings: The ability to juggle several situations at once. Jobs, opportunities. Grace and bounty.Commerce and expansion. Reversed: Taking on too much. Time to concentrate on one thing at a time; master these before expanding.
Meanings: Constructive and pragmatic building—career, relationships, home. Ability to transform talents into material goods or business success. Reversed: Need to develop talents before bringing them to the marketplace. Recheck plans for expansion—are they appropriate to your abilities?
Meanings: Wealth and prosperity. Stabilizing material forces in life. A family inheritance—this could be a talent, money, land. Reversed: Possibility of being miserly. Or being overly generous. Need to protect resources.
Meanings: Poverty that forces one to look within for greater resources. This poverty may be personified as a lack of wealth or in a sense of emotional sterility. The need to focus on that which truly nurtures you. Reversed: These feelings are transitory. A more prosperous phase of life is on its way.
Meanings: Philanthropy and generosity. Sharing talents with the world. Helping others. Generosity. Reversed: Jealousy or envy from those less fortunate. Need for appreciation.
Meanings: Expectations of reward. Waiting for a harvest—a creative project, money, or personal relationship—to occur. Reversed: Impatience. Insecurity about whether the reward received for work rendered will be worth it. Need for hard work.
Meanings: Fair payment for hard work. Meeting deadlines. Developing talents. The appearance of this card in a reading for an artist or craftsperson is an affirmation of skill and talent. Reversed: Avoiding work. Unhappiness with money received for work given; need to adjust the balance.
Meanings: Pleasure or sensuality. Fertility and luxury. Material prosperity—now that this has been accomplished, perhaps it is the time to create a family. Reversed: Overindulgence in material pleasures. Guilt over having so much; inability to enjoy it.
Meanings: The cumulation of business plans. Prosperity. The creation of a home and family to share wealth with. Expansion. Reversed: Discontent at home. Wanting greater prosperity, but uncertainty how to create it.
Meanings: Business ideas, deals. Mail or messages bring opportunities for expansion, money on the way. Reversed: Too much thinking, not enough doing. Business deals need to be examined. Waiting.
Meanings: The ability to create opportunities for growth and beauty. Someone whopersonifies these forces. The ability to work hard to create prosperity. Reversed: Inertia or laziness; not taking action or responsibilities. Oversensuality.
Meanings: Fertility, possibly parenthood. Creating prosperity and harmony. Beauty, wealth, the home. Reversed: Need to ground oneself. Perhaps an overmaterialistic orientation to life; disappointment in the home, or lack of focus.
Meanings: Steadfastness. The ability to create wealth. Someone who personifies these forces. Real estate transactions. Reversed: Unstable, pie-in-the-sky business deals. Need to be more realistic.
Now that we've covered the individual cards and their meanings, how are they used? Find out in Lesson Three!
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