The busy juggling that took place in the crazy manifestation phase of the Two of Pentacles has morphed into the mature, gentle energy of the Three of Pentacles. Threes signify the turning of a cycle, and this one is no different. You have managed to get life under control and can now turn your attention to the work, which supports and sustains you.
The work, illustrated in the image, is taking place at a holy site which indicates that the Three of Pentacles is spiritual. Another “gateway” card, in fact. It tells us that work can lead to spiritual fulfillment. It also shows us that there is inherent beauty in the most mundane tasks, and if we put all our love and focus in the moment on what we are doing, we will feel happy and at peace.
An artisan stands on a wooden bench as he works at his trade of stone carving. A monk and another person, possibly an architect, stand watching him. It is plain that they are listening to the stone-carver as he explains what he is doing and what he hopes to achieve. The building is a grand one, possibly a cathedral. Three ornate pentacles are carved above the two archways. A column supports the pentacles. There is also a carved rose just below them. The interior of the building is dark, probably in contrast to the bright daylight outside.
Here, in the Three of Pentacles, the emphasis is placed on work, skills, creativity and career development along with cooperation, teamwork, and feedback. This card indicates expansion in the work arena, whether it be on a mundane (but valued) level or something more exalted.
When this card appears in a reading, it means that you too can develop a love for what you do. That it matters not what you are doing for a living, because you can carve out the job of your dreams right where you are. It also tells you that working with others, garnering their input, expressing your creative abilities and cooperating in a team is mightily satisfying.
The reversed card may be telling you that it’s time to strike out on your own; that you have learned all you can within the current environment. It may refer to a team where one member, instead of being a fair and inspirational leader, has allowed power to go to their head, and they are attempting to dominate the whole group. The reversed Three of Pentacles may also turn up if you have lost interest in your work or are not putting any effort into it. It may precede someone dropping out of school or college.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Teamwork is of the essence when this card shows up in a work-related reading. Look to areas where you can work with others and expand your skills and knowledge. You may be ready to take on a leadership or supervisory role, or perhaps you are better suited as a consultant in a project. You may be the one with the creative skills that others value so highly.
If you are looking for work, consider the three possible roles as outlined above. Which are you most suited for?
Pentacles represent the practical side of relationships. This card may be telling you to look for love within your organization. You can build a good relationship foundation because you have a common bond.
If you are in a steady romantic partnership, then consider if you could work together in business. You each have skills that could combine to create something really good.
Money is flowing because of your dedication to work and attention to detail. You are a valued employee or a cherished service provider. Your skills are in demand. Investments flourish given close attention. Make sure you put your money into projects that you have an interest in.
The Three of Pentacles shows that you are on the right track with your health regime. You can refine and improve it, but otherwise, all is as it should be. Consult with other medical professionals if need be.
This card may be indicating that the time is right for you to participate in group spiritual practices, that it could be to your benefit to join a church or other organization. There is great value in spending time with people who share your faith.