The Ace of Pentacles
Upon the Ace of Pentacles is a hand that seems summoned from the sky, emerging from a lush and picturesque cloud, holding in it’s palm a five-pointed star. Beneath the hand rests a lush landscape, vibrant and ready to support life which indicates that with this lush garden comes not only growth, but great financial stability. As with nearly all Ace cards, the Ace of Pentacles represents the primary element of the suit, and in many ways-the subject matter of the entire suit.
For some, the pentagram represents the five point of Christ which can be translated into the five senses or simply the five entry points where Christ was nailed to the cross. For others, the pentagram outlines a great deal of occult power and magic- and often comes as a sign of good will and prosperity.
In keeping with the normal placing of Ace cards, the Ace of Pentacles represents a new beginning or the inspiration needed to begin a new advent or journey. The Pentacles are an equal to the element of Earth, and thus each card is representative of the both the material world from financial standing to the body.
The thoughts associated with the Ace of Pentacles when it appears in a reading are focussed around inspiration, energy, and a new time of prosperity. The hand holds in it’s grasp all that you are able to attain. Additionally, the cloud that it spurts from signifies that your journey is destined and you must pursue it, where the coin itself is the reward you wish to attain.
The landscape that surround the hand is lush and alive, with each part of nature working together to create a beautiful environment and furthermore, a beneficial harvest for those who continue to put the energy needed for prosperity forward.
Upright, the Ace of Pentacles is a symbol of coming wealth but introduces the path in a more natural sense. You may have new opportunities within your grasp or the Ace of Pentacles may simply be reaffirming that have an abundance of positive energy and are feeling positive about everything within your life. You are starting to see that everyone on this Earth can be attained with heart and hard work. Additionally, the Ace of Pentacles suggests that it is time for you to start your next adventure. Introduce something knew in your life. Perhaps it’s time to join a club or start the next step to progress your career. If you wanted to build a business, now is the best time to start.
Reversed, the Ace of Pentacles is trying to warn you that a financial endeavor may fall through or fail entirely. Do not start getting in over your head due to temporary success. Make sure you have all the time and resources you need to succeed with your goals and most importantly- be sure that you are giving back to your community. Greed does not look good on anyone, and the Ace of Pentacles is known to warn of corruption.
The Two of Pentacles
The young man featured on the Two of Pentacles is almost completely unaware of the rebalance that whirs and rushes behind him, instead he focusses on juggling his worldly concerns. The infinity loop that ties his hands together, suggest that he can handle whatever difficulties seem to come his way- even if they are constant. Additionally, he dances in order to avoid the thought of the turbulence that crashes behind him.
Where some readers say that the Two of Pentacles symbolizes a need for change and the apparent abandon of what is going on around him, other readers strongly believe that they must struggle to maintain balance.
When it comes to symbology, the progression of the Pentacles is fairly easy to understand. Where the Ace signifies that you are ready to start a new adventure, the Two of Pentacles ask that you analyze your life and bring each side of the equation in to perfect unity. The key words that come to mind with the Two of Pentacles is balance, time management, and most importantly: Knowing how and when to prioritize.
For even though the boy of the Two of Pentacles juggles and dances, his face suggests that he is well aware of the two ships that struggle beyond him in the waves. The ships themselves represent how man must always deal with the ups and downs of life, and when one part of life is elevated, the other may begin to drown.
The act of juggling suggests that even though their may be turbulence, the young man is always ready to try. What else can he do? He must try to keep balance, and as the infinity loop runs between his two hands- he can rest easy knowing that he is equipped to handle whatever comes his way.
Upright, the Two of Pentacles is trying to tell you to push forward. Though life will always be uncertain, you have everything you need to survive the tide. Perhaps your life is feeling very crowded, and you’re having a hard time juggling your friends, family, and work load. However, it’s important to remember that no matter the weather you must continue to be agile and push forward. As a warning, the Two of Pentacles wants you to prioritize your needs and make sure that you are not stretching yourself too thin. If you have failed to organize your life on a longterm and day-to-day scale, then the Two of Pentacles may be trying to warn you that failure is just around the corner. Worse yet, it may be a sign that you are about to experience a financial or emotional blow.
Reversed, the Two of Pentacles is a clear cut sign that you are struggling to manage your finances and your life. Furthermore, when the card appears reversed it is trying to signal that there are not many things you can do to stop the flow of events. You have already let things get out of control. Now is the time to make a plan and stick to it if you fail to do so then things will only get much worse.
The Three of Pentacles
Upon the image of the Three of Pentacles is what appears to be a meeting to build a new cathedral. On the left is what appears to be a young apprentice, who is talking about his progress with two experienced craftsman. Despite his inexperience the architects seem to look to him for advice. Furthermore, the two architects clearly appreciate and value his opinion. They know that the young man is a great and essential contributor to their goal, but the architects want to make sure that everyone is working towards the same goal.
When the the Rider-Waite tarot deck was made, being one of the people who established and built a cathedral was amongst the highest honors. The young man being accepted by the experienced architects, signifies that he is amongst the more honored young men. Additionally, the Three Pentacles which appear in the wall of cathedral continue the idea of unity that has long been associated with Chris and Unity.
The young man who speaks to the architects is a perfect image of the prodigal student. This indicates that you have all of the skills you need, and simply need to take the next step forward. The men who surround him with a vast majority of experience, represent the forces ad influences in your life who either are now recognizing your progress or always have. The presents of the Three Pentacles in the architecture of the cathedral are a great symbol of unity.
Upright, the message that is being cast to you by the appearance of the Three of Pentacles is one that is very encouraging. If you continue to work hard and continue your success, you will obtain all of your goals. Additionally, the Three of Pentacles wants you to seek guidance from those who surround you. When you wish to create something you can be truly proud of, taking advice and feedback from others is essential. If you’re working hard on something, seek feedback and head the advice of industry professionals.
Reversed, the Three Pentacles worn of a possible dislodgment in the entire plan. If you and your team are fighting for recognition, you have tainted the goal by turning it into a competition. One must not exert power over the entire group. This signifies that it might be time to break away from the lack of harmony and seek a work group where you can truly flourish. On the other hand, the Three of Pentacles may be a form of personal reflection as it can also indicate that you are under appreciate or even under-worked.
The Four of Pentacles
The image upon the The Four of Pentacles displays a man who hold desperately to his coins or pentacles for fear of loss. As they are positioned on his hands, head, and feet- it is quite clear that no one is taking his tentacles from him. In fact the man cannot even move from where he stands as his only desire is to protect his money. His smirk is menacing and displays the egoism from within him. In the background is a town (perhaps his home town), and it seems to be moving further and further from him.
The Four of Pentacles is one of the cards that generated both positive and negative connotations now matter how it appears in the reading. Additionally, this card tends to have quite a deal of perception issues.
The key words that comes to mind the the Four of Pentacles appears in a reading are control and stability, as well as greed. The coins the man stand upon are a sign of what he has accomplished, yet they also consume all of his existence. All of his days and nights are spent doing one thing: Watching over his pentacles.
The look upon his face is worrying, and signifies that despite his darkness he does not care what is happening to him. His mouth betrays his eyes, which look hardened and sad to their core. As his town disappears in the background, so does everything he should love.
Upright, the Four of Pentacles is a sign that you have attained most everything you have set to do. You have reached your goals and are stable in financial matters of life. This card says a lot about person. More importantly, it establishes that person is independent and fine with doing most everything they can by themselves, including protecting their lives. From the emotional standpoint, the Four of Pentacles can sometimes warn that you are becoming too obsessive with the protection of your life and wealth, that you are now losing sight of what it means to live.
Reversed, the Four of Pentacles tells a reader that the person on the other side of card has now become greedy and stingy. In fact, materialism may be the only thoughts that come to you. Though your approach has made you successful, you need to remember that your life doesn’t begin and end at work. You need to create more energetic experiences and participate in all the things life has to offer.
The Five of Pentacles
The image upon the the Five of Pentacles displays a situations where adversity must be met and in many senses, is well under way by the time it has begun. Two desperate people walk through the horribly cold weather, and in the background shines the window of church or cathedral. Though they can be comforted by the spirit and energy of the church, these people are still suffering.
Though some take the Five of Pentacles as a straight financial loss, many suggest that this card tells that the person is having an internal struggles. Your desires are working against you, or perhaps you are just at odds within your own psyche.
One of the figures on the card is limping, which furthers the horrid position she fights to live through. The threaded and falling apart shaw that she attempts to stay warm with symbolizes not only how long she has been withstanding the weather, but indicates that she lacks the resources to pull herself from the threshold of poverty.
However, the brightly lit church window try to extinguish their hardship by introducing hope. This is symbolic that no matter how dark you may feel things are getting, there is always a higher power that will work to receive you from you darkness.
When the Five of Pentacles appears upright, this normally points to a financial loss of failure that you have undergone. However, this card clearly is working to combat the misfortune that comes along with failure. In the event that you are going through financially trying times, you must know that if you look you will find people around you who are willing to help.
Additionally, this card suggests that you are working towards a higher standard of morality despite your current conditions or past hardships. Regardless, there is a spiritual aspect to this card that cannot be denied. You must take the time to judge your worth and ask not only how you can better yourself and pull free from this entanglement, but also what you must do spiritually.
Reversed, the Five of Pentacles is a huge relief from the proceeding months or years of hardships you have experienced. This can come in many ways, whether it be through a new job or through the presence of a friend who reinstalls your confidence and gives you the momentum you need to succeed. Even if you are feeling alone while surrounded by people, you must know what you are going to do next for your spiritual well being.
The Six of Pentacles
The man upon the Six of Pentacles is obviously, very well rounded. Both his dress and face resemble that of royalty, and in his hand is a balanced scale which indicates that in addition to his wealth–He is also a very giving, fair, and equal man. This is a man who shares his wealth and success with those who surround him, and does not hoard it all to himself.
For the long majority of Rider-Waite history, the Six of Pentacles has been the ultimate sign of charity. In fact, many people were up and excited by the appearance, as they believed that someone charitable would be entering their life.
The ideas associated with the Six of Pentacles are one of prosperity, and more importantly: they are a beautiful symbol of charity and sharing death. The man who is sharing his wealth, wears deep colored robes to signify his wealth and royal attitude. The scale that he carries in one arm is a symbol for his giving and balanced nature. Despite his success, he knows when the call of charity must be answered and many times goes above and beyond to attain this goal.
The people who surround him are a reminder that even as some people may succeed, there will always be humans who need helping. Whether you need to deliver guidance, or simply share you wealth is up for deliberation.
The appearance of the Six of Pentacles upright, tells you that you have been in perfect harmony with your money. You have done everything possible to reap the reward, and now follow your inner light by donating to charity. You are happy to be in a position where you can offer assistance to others. This does not have to be by sharing money all the time. In fact, many times the Six of Pentacles is calling on you to share everything you have learned on your journey with the people who surround you.
Additionally, if someone you know has done you a great service then it is important to make sure you are giving back to them in everywhere you can. Again, this does not have to be through financial matters but simply through skill and dedication.
Reversed, the Six of Pentacles warns of a charity that has become a one way street. You may have leant a friend money when you weren’t in a position to and now are growing resentful. The Six of Pentacles tells you not to approach with haste, but to be more realistic with yourself and be sure that you can support yourself when you try to help others. You have to selfish to be self-less. In addition, the card can sometimes present itself as a way of telling you do not act with the right intention. Do not be generous to prove things to others.
The Seven of Pentacles
The young man on the Seven of Pentacles is taking a rest from the mounds of difficult work that he has been working to accomplish. His crop is abundant and his garden is lush, which is a clear suggestion to how long and how hard he has been working in the garden. From the foliage hands the pentacles, a sign that he is growing a reward and coming closer to the success he has dreamed of.
The Seven of Pentacles is meant to be seen in a longterm light, though many have claimed that this card is meant to be acted upon with haste the majority believe that this card symbolizes ‘the Long Run”.
The main idea associated with the Seven of Pentacles is perseverance. The foliage shows all that you have accomplished, and is symbol that you have done your work well. After all, the Pentacles hang from the branches and such you are coming to a point where you will reap the reward. However, these things cannot be rushed.
His gaze is proud, and though he is resting we know that he does not feel overworked. In fact, he is amazed at all he has done from the journeys he made to start , to the commitment he has made to his progress.
Upright, the Seven of Pentacles appearing suggests that you may be starting to think of your life goals in a more longterm time frame. You know that you have everything you need to start the journey, but are still contemplating life as it comes to you. In the event that you are about to complete a major life milestone, this may indicated that you need to take the time to consider your plan of action. Is this the best possible option for the future? Additionally, if you are feeling that your work has not started to pay off yet you must patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Reversed, the Seven of Pentacles shows that you are having a hard time with doubt. Perhaps you are now wondering if you have invested yourself into the right areas of work, and is trying to tell you that now is the time test the waters. In the same way we must learn to wait for results, we also need to learn that when things just aren’t working out, it’s time to move on and move forward.
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