Tarot card meanings

Tarot 101: How to Interpret the Suit of Pentacles

Last week we learnt how to quickly study all the numbered cards of the suit of Wands using the Story technique.

This week we will study the suit of Pentacles.

What’s in this lesson:-

1. The significance of the suit of Pentacles and its element Earth

2. What to do if your deck doesn’t have the Minor Arcana Pentacles

3. What is the Story Technique and how to use it to learn multiple Tarot cards at once

4. How to interpret the Suit of Pentacles

Let’s dive in.

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What is the Domain of the Suit of Pentacles?

The answer can be summed up in one word: Earth.

The element Earth is the ruler of the Suit of Pentacles. That’s why every card of this suit represents a certain aspect of Earth.

But what does Earth stand for?

While we know that Earth is the scientific name of our planet, from a more spiritual perspective the domain of Earth represents materialism.

It is the ruler of Earthly desires: Money, status in society, inheritances, possessions, and beauty.

It is the symbol of materialism: The physical body, career, home, family, and investments.

And it is the element of work: Growth through hard work, persistence, patience, stability, and construction.

All this is the domain of Earth. And likewise, that of the Suit of Pentacles.

What to Do When Your Tarot Deck Doesn’t Have the Minor Arcana of Pentacles

Since there are hundreds of Tarot decks out there, with hundreds of ways to interpret the same element, there is a high chance your deck may not have the suit of Pentacles.

What do you do then?

The first thing you can do is flip through the book that came with your deck, and figure out which Minor Arcana suit in your deck represents Earth.

Sometimes the word Earth will not be used in the book. In that case, look for the suit that represents materialism (everything I have listed in the previous section).

Some common alternatives to Pentacles are Coins and Diamonds.

Now here’s the deal: This article focuses on interpreting the RWS Tarot deck and others based on it. Therefore, if your deck was designed to emulate different symbolism, don’t worry. You can still benefit from this lesson in 2 ways.

First, it will teach you to understand Earth. All Tarot decks have this element system.

And second, you can download the FREE PDF guide + worksheet that comes with this lesson, and decipher the meaning of your unique deck at home using the Story technique. (Find the link at the end of this article.)

How to Use the Story Technique to Interpret Multiple Tarot Cards

For our purpose, we are going to use this technique to learn how to study Tarot quickly. But you can use this to interpret spreads and readings as well. In fact, you should.

The Story technique is simple. You just need 2 things to be good at it:-

1. A handy keyword guide

2. Trust in your gut

Since this lesson is focused on the study of Pentacles, you can use this keyword guide to help you along the way:-

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Then lay down the cards side-by-side, and you are now all set to interpret the storyline that emerges from the pictures.

Let me show you how to do it with the numbered cards of the Minor Arcana Pentacles.

Interpreting the Suit of Pentacles

We have already discussed that the suit of Pentacles is ruled by the element Earth. That’s why every card in this suit represents a particular aspect of what it means to be part of the material world.

Since the Minor Arcana, which literally means little secrets, deals with everyday life and our experiences, the numbered cards of the suit of Pentacles will pictorially depict the various aspects of life in this material plane.

Ace of Pentacles

All aces are seeds of their element. Therefore, the Ace of Pentacles is the seed of Earth.

It is, metaphorically speaking, a seed that is planted with the hope that one day it will sprout and grow into a majestic tree.

That’s why the Ace of Pentacles represents our investments in the material world.

Investment in stocks and real estate. Investment in education and skill-building for a good career. Investment in marriage to build a family. And so forth.

By itself the investment is not capable of bringing in laurels, just like a seed cannot grow unless it is watered every day and planted in rich soil. Therefore, the Ace simply represents the initial investment in materialism. You need to work on this investment to make it grow.


Two of Pentacles

When a seed sprouts, it is in a precarious condition. The heart of the seed is no longer protected by a tough shell, but is open to the harsh elements.

How does the sapling survive under such conditions?

By learning to adapt.

The 2 of Pentacles represents the need to embrace change and learn to adapt. It represents the nature of materialism as a state of constant flux.

Material things come and go. You can have a job one day and then lose it the next. Or win the lottery one day and then lose your house because you overspent.

The 2 of Pentacles asks you to understand this and learn to adapt.


Three of Pentacles

A sapling cannot grow on its own. It needs the nourishment of rich soil, the warmth of the Sun, and a life-giving stream of water.

It relies on others to grow, even as it does what it knows best — grow taller and reach for the Sun. That is the essence of the 3 of Pentacles.

The 3 of Pentacles represents teamwork and collaboration. It is how the material world works.

You work with others and grow a company. You work with your partner and grow a family. You work with masons and builders and construct a building.

Each part puts in their best, and as a whole the unit benefits by reaping a larger prize.


Four of Pentacles

What is the nature of a weed?

It is a plant too. But it is greedy. It uses up all the resources and leaves the nearby plants to die.

That is the nature of the 4 of Pentacles.

The 4 of Pentacles is a card of power. It represents accumulation of wealth and status in society, and how we become miserly after we accomplish that.

It is the dragon hoarding its wealth. The man who knows how difficult it was to amass his fortune, and now he will not spend even a single penny because he knows how quickly that fortune can be spent away. It is the corrupt corporation that keeps swindling people to grow its riches.


Five of Pentacles

Some plants adapt and grow in the harshest of environments. They become cacti and sprout in the dessert. They become seaweed and grow in the salty ocean.

That is the spirit of the 5 of Pentacles.

The 5 of Pentacles is a card of lack. Of poverty. Of being thrown out of society. Of not having a single person to turn to.

Yet humans survive.

Homeless men dot riversides, and build makeshift homes out of blue tarpaulin. Beggars survive on scraps of money. And poor children scavenge garbage bins to find leftover food.

The 5 of Pentacles is a harsh card. But so is the material world. Sometimes it blesses, and other times it takes away.


Six of Pentacles

Plants survive in the wild, but the ones tended to by a gardener thrive.

The 6 of Pentacles represents philanthropy. It is the act of bestowing material goods, money, or jobs to those in need (the 5 of Pentacles).

And it is the act of humbly accepting that which we know we need to survive in this world.

It is philanthropy done and received.


Seven of Pentacles

Does an apple tree get anxious and impatient to get apples when it has just flowered?

No, it does not.

There is a time for everything. And the 7 of Pentacles represents that.

The 7 of Pentacles is a card of patience. The act of working hard, tending to your career or family or wealth, persevering, and knowing that nothing happens overnight. Everything takes time to grow, flower, and then fruit.


Eight of Pentacles

The act of producing fruits is a tough one. Flowers often fool birds and bees to aid in pollination.

That is at the heart of the 8 of Pentacles.

The 8 of Pentacles is a master honing his skills to become an expert. A bladesmith toiling away on minute details to produce the perfect sword. A CEO making changes to the system to push his company to even greater heights.


Nine of Pentacles

The lush apple tree is finally laden with ripe, red apples.

The 9 of Pentacles represents the act of enjoying the fruits of your labor. It is the self-made man/woman who now stands at the top of the ladder of success and enjoys the results of their diligent hard work in the past.


Ten of Pentacles

This is a banyan tree.

Source: treesplanet.blogspot.in

These trees give off roots from their branches and grow bigger with every passing year. They create a territory of their own.

The 10 of Pentacles represents this. The pinnacle of success. A legacy that will sustain multiple generations to come. The wisdom and responsibility of being at the top.


Download the FREE guide

Now that you know what the numbered cards of the Suit of Pentacles mean, it’s time put it to practice and connect with your Tarot deck’s earth cards.

You can do this by placing these cards side-by-side, and then journaling the impressions you get from each (plus noting the overarching story).

Or you can download the FREE printable guide + worksheet and fill in the boxes in the comfort of your home.

How to get it?

If you are a member of the Exclusive Reader’s Club, you can find this in the special access folder. (The link will be in your inbox.)

But if you are not, don’t worry! You can join our warm community and get your instant access pass to all the Tarot books and resources available to Club members. No charges. Nothing.

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Anyway, that’s it for today. Have fun!


All images Tarot images used in the keyword cards are from the Shadowscapes deck by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. 


Reminder for Club Members: We are discussing change and transformation this week. Send in your stories of dealing with change before the end of Saturday to dark.val.black(at)gmail.com.

Have a great weekend!


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