The King of Pentacles is the highest ranking court card. He is usually an older man in a position of authority. He has achieved much in his lifetime and is now enjoying the fruits of his labors. His ruling elements are fire of earth, making him smolder along quite nicely. He has reached the stage of life where he cares not a jot what other people think of him. He does what he likes and enjoys what he does.
The King of Pentacles sits facing the viewer with his head turned slightly to his left. He is dressed in a voluminous black robe which is embroidered all over with grape-bearing leafy vines. At his neck he wears an earthy orange scarf. His crown has a headband of braided green fabric, and the crown itself sports three red roses. In his right hand he holds a gold scepter, in his left a golden coin. His throne has four ornate carvings of bulls’ heads. He sits in a lush garden with his foot resting on a carved boar’s head. Interestingly, it appears that the King is wearing armor beneath his robe, suggesting that he retains aspects of the Knight in his personality. Behind him is a stone wall and a castle. The sky is yellow.
This King is a traditionalist. He follows his forebears, sure in the knowledge that the old ways are the best. This means that he has a somewhat strained relationship with his children who, like most young people are progressive and intent on embracing the new. The King of Pentacles would prefer them to do as he says. He is generally a jolly fellow; he enjoys the fact that he has plenty of money and that he has reached his position by dint of hard work. He loves his family deeply, is proud of his home, and all the material things his endeavors have provided for them.
He takes his responsibilities seriously and people know that he will give them a fair hearing. However, anything outside of his sphere of experience will make him uncomfortable. Increasingly he finds that the world is moving on, leaving him feeling a little left behind.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Should this card appear in a work reading then it could represent your boss or other authority figure. He is generally open to suggestion though has a built in suspicion of new technology. He feels responsible for his workers and pays well, though he expects a full day’s work and maximum effort in return.
If you are looking for work, then this card means that you will be offered a job by a King of Pentacles type. Recognize who you are dealing with and adjust your demeanor accordingly. This king likes to be respected and also praised for his business acumen, so toady up, but don’t make it too obvious.
This card bodes well for your finances. It indicates that any venture you undertake will be successful as long as you are prepared to work hard. It may also be connected to an inheritance or family fortune, especially if paired with the Ten of Pentacles.
If on a budget, then make sure to set some money aside for leisure and pleasure. This king really enjoys eating out now and then.
The King of Pentacles is a faithful and reliable husband. He likes to spend money on his nearest and dearest and may come across as a little sexist. He’s not doing it to be unpleasant, it’s just the way he was brought up. It’s possible to gently re-educate him. He loves a bit of romance, and surprising his love with a weekend away or a token of his appreciation is one of his pleasures.
If you are in the market for a romance and this card shows up, expect to be wooed by an older man.
The King of Pentacles is too practical-minded to pay heed to the spiritual side of life. However, sitting near a warm fire, with a glass of good malt will engender a deep feeling of satisfaction with his life. This is as close to spiritual connection as he will get.