Having desperately tried to hold on to our resources in the Four of Pentacles, we discover that it was to no avail. We didn’t allow the energy to flow freely, so now it has been removed from our clutches. Metaphorically destitute and homeless, we face a huge challenge. The Five of Pentacles is another “gateway” card. Will we find the courage to step through and create the necessary changes, or will we just accept that this is it and refuse to make any further progress?
All the Fives in tarot represent challenging situations. It is from these challenges that we gain understanding and spiritual growth. The Five of Pentacles mirrors the loss of all worldly goods. Somehow, we have to face the challenge and learn how to rebuild our lives.
A man and woman trudge wearily through a snow storm. They wear rags. She is barefoot, and his footwear is less than adequate. He is using crutches to support himself and wears a bell around his neck, suggesting he suffers from leprosy. One foot is heavily bandaged and held up off the snow-covered ground. The woman huddles into her ragged shawl. Behind them, a brightly lit stained glass window emphasizes their exclusion from society. They carry nothing in the way of possessions.
When the Five of Pentacles appears in a reading, expect some material loss. It probably won’t be all that you own, but it will be significant. It could be money or another resource. It may mean exclusion from a group or a circle of friends. Perhaps your relationship has ended, and you have to start again. The loss of a job or career can also be reflected in this card.
As an advice card, the Five of Pentacles tells you to take the help which is being offered. If you have to ask, then do so. There is no point in being proud – there’s a time for pride, and this isn’t it. Make the first move to rescue yourself. If you have to negotiate with finance companies, then so be it. If you have to declare bankruptcy, then do it. If you have to sell your home and move to a rental, then you must get on with the process. Only by admitting defeat and accepting that your current lifestyle is unsustainable will you be able to get yourself out of poverty and back on your feet again.
Reversed, and the loss may be fairly small. Use it as a warning to manage your finances and resources wisely. That doesn’t mean that you should cling onto them, but that you should assess whether you need so much stuff. You may be able to help other people with your excess possessions.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
You could be made redundant, or the firm you work for has gone bust. Your career prospects are zilch, and you are hanging on by the skin of your teeth. It might be wise, at this time, to let go. There could be something better up ahead, but you might need to ask around.
If you are looking for work, be prepared to move from the area. If there’s nothing available, then there’s no point staying. Spread your search farther afield.
This difficult time will either pull you together or push you apart. Your close relationships are more important than ever, so try to share everything — your worries, your ideas, and your love.
If your romantic relationship is failing dismally, then let it go, however painful it is. There is little to gain by struggling onward. Allow your friends to support you and don’t be afraid to get some personal guidance.
This is not a good time for your finances. Do what you need to do but, at all costs, avoid getting further mired in debt. Seek debt counseling if you need to. Whatever happens, if the Five of Pentacles appears in a money reading, do not purchase that high-ticket item.
You haven’t been taking care of yourself. You may have been skimping on a healthy diet, or consuming too much alcohol. Don’t let this get out of hand. If you need help, then see a doctor or other health professional.
Connecting with your spiritual self is probably not high on your list of priorities right now. However, all recovery starts from within. If you are willing to replace the emptiness you feel inside with a little love of self, then you may find miracles happen. The more love you feel within, the more your life will improve on the outside.