The Nine of Pentacles described how we become independent beings by our efforts. It showed how we gain a certain gravitas and maturity to enable us to be ‘rounded’ personalities. Now the Ten of Pentacles asks us; what we will do with all that wisdom and wealth of experience?
Tens are the staging posts, a pause while we prepare ourselves for the next leap into the unknown. Pentacles are considered to be about material wealth; but more than this, they are about who we are, what we have learned and what we will pass on to the next generation.
The Rider-Waite Ten of Pentacles shows an elderly, gray-haired man in the foreground. He is wrapped in a colorful blanket, and he reaches out his hand to pet two hunting dogs. The dogs are very happy to receive the attention. Two people, a man, and a woman are having a discussion under an elaborately carved arch. A small child peeps from behind the woman’s skirts; he too reaches out to touch the nearest dog. All this takes place in a courtyard. In the background, there is a grand building. It may not be a home as it has a tall chimney, so might be a factory or mill.
The Ten of Pentacles asks you a question: what will you be proud to pass on to your children and grandchildren? It may well be wealth, but what else could it be? Have you gained and shared wisdom? Have you built a happy marriage or created a life of fulfilling independence? Are you a kind person? A grateful person? Are you the one who sets a good example by living your life true to your core beliefs? This card doesn’t mean that you have to have lived an exemplary life; it simply asks, have you learned from your mistakes? Have you forgiven others as they forgave you? You may have regrets, but better they are attached to things that you did, rather than things you wished you had done.
If you are young, then know that in the blink of an eye, you’ll be right here at the Ten of Pentacles stage. Will you be satisfied with your life’s achievements?
Reversed, the energy of this card is weakened. It can suggest that you are dissatisfied with where you are in life. That you are not concerned about the legacy you are creating. It might mean that you are unhappy with the people around you. It’s quite possible that you have been put in the position of having to take care of an elderly relative.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Should the Ten of Pentacles appear in a career-related reading, then it suggests that you are working, or will work, in a respected and established profession. You are content to remain in this job until retirement, perhaps becoming a partner in the business.
If you are looking for work, then consider training for one of the professions, whether it be a master craftsman, dentist or doctor. This card tells you that you have the potential to create a satisfying and rewarding career.
This is a good card to appear if you are in a long-term relationship. It shows that you not only focus on the romantic, supportive role of a spouse, but you, together with your partner, are building a worthwhile and stable home and family. It could hint at grandchildren on the way or reflect the importance of them in your life.
Should you be looking for romance and the Ten of Pentacles appears, it suggests that you look for someone who shares the same ultimate goals as you. If you don’t have any, now is a good time to think about it. Where would you like to be at age 30? 40? 50? 80? Who would you want to be by your side?
The Ten of Pentacles is a positive card to appear in a financial reading. It tells you that you are on the right track and are building an independent income or means of support. You are in control of your finances, and your investments and property are increasing in value.
If you are looking for ways to make your money go farther, then you should soon discover that you have more than you need and can save a little each month.
You may be feeling your age; a few aches and pains are making their presence felt. Try to avoid the sedentary life; get out of your chair and move. Take the dog for a regular walk. Be aware of any hereditary problems that might affect you and take steps to mitigate them.
Should you receive the Ten of Pentacles in a spiritual reading, then you will understand that abundance is more than just the accumulation of wealth. Surrounding yourself with love is the ultimate manifestation of abundance. Whether it be people, pets or friends, the sharing of companionship and love will sustain and fulfill you.