The suit of Pentacles, Coins or Disks, represents the feminine element of earth.
Pentacles are connected to the physical world: the body, work, prosperity, property and everything we can perceive through our senses.
To refer to the example of a project – Wands energy is what sparked the idea, Cups nurtured and grew it, Swords applied rational thought to it, and Pentacles makes it happen. In other words, Pentacles does the physical work necessary to make it manifest.
Without the grounding energy of earth, we would not exist. Earth keeps it real.
The Origin of Pentacles
A pentacle is a five-pointed star enclosed within a circle. In an upright tarot card, one point is up and two are down. The points represent the four directions crowned by Spirit. Some say the pentacle represents the human figure in spirit form. It is used as an amulet by Wiccans and other Earth religions. It is also used to represent the earth element in spell work. Cut an apple in half across its horizontal axis and you will see a perfect pentacle in nature.
The pentacle was first documented in 3000BC when the Sumerians and Babylonians used it for calculating angles. Pythagoras later discovered that within its form lies the Golden Ratio, or mathematical perfection. Pythagoreans assigned ‘elements’ to each point: earth, air, fire, water and ideas (spirit).
The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Pentacles personalities are, unsurprisingly, down to earth and pragmatic. Rarely flustered, they are the ones you want around you in an emergency. Prone to gossip due to their interest in everything that goes on around them, they are the workers, the doers, the ‘salt of the earth’.
They are not given to flights of fancy, like the airy Swords, but they do like to know how things work. Like Wands, they can be inventors but unlike Wands, are rarely innovators. Pentacles are also in touch with their emotions but are not nearly as sensitive as their Cups friends.
Earthy people make the most of where they are. While enjoying learning about the world around them, they are also content to be at home. They create security around themselves. Wherever they are in the world, they like to build a nest.
Pentacles and Love
Pentacles in love are sexy and earthy. They acknowledge their animal instincts and go with them, rather than fighting them. Fall in love with a ‘pentacalian’ and you will be treated well, wined and dined, and loved up. Romance isn’t their thing, but they do their best.
People with a strong earth personality can love any of the other tarot types. They act as a brake, bringing Swords down to earth, calming fiery Wands and being the stalwart anchor for Cups.
Pentacles at Work
These down-to-earth people are right at home in the working environment. Not usually high-fliers, they can make it to the top by dint of hard work. They can be relied on to get the job done. They can also be relied on to learn the dynamics of the organization inside out, so make excellent on-the-job trainers.
Typical Pentacles careers are farming, nursing, midwifery, shopkeeping, banking, and curators. They are the artisans: crafters, micro-brewers, bakers and metalworkers.
Pentacles and Money
Money is security for a Pentacles person. That’s not because they are mercenary, it’s because they are grounded enough to know that money is a very useful commodity in exchange for energy. After all, it makes the world go round. Money flows easily enough to Pentacles people, so they are the first to put their hand in their pocket to help a fellow human being in trouble.
Pentacles and Spirituality
Spirituality is important to a Pentacle person. Their love of nature: the seasons, weather, harvests, cycles, and indeed, all the world around them, is where their heart lies. The spirituality is of a practical kind. They are the ones volunteering to dress the church or maintain the area around a stone circle. They find themselves closest to creation when in the woods or walking on the beach, or even in front of their hearth with family all around.
Several Pentacles Cards in a Tarot Reading
A preponderance of Pentacle cards in a tarot reading indicates that the issues lie in the day-to-day practicalities of the seeker’s life. Perhaps they need to ground themselves or maybe they are too grounded.
Pentacles and Wands (earth and fire): Earth cools fire and slows it.
Pentacles and Cups (earth and water): Beware of making mud.
Pentacles and Swords (earth and air): Earth grounds air and adds stability.
Negative (Reversed) Pentacles
Reversed Pentacles have a heavy, sluggish energy. This can result in laziness, boredom, gossip, stubbornness, unhealthy attachment to money, hoarding, stupidity, dullness and lack of education.
In some cards, the earth energy can be lighter, such as in the Four and Five of Pentacles. The Two becomes unbalanced; the Eight has an obsession with detail.
Suit of Pentacles Keywords
Ace of Pentacles – new: project, abundance, gift, connection to the earth
Two of Pentacles – to-do list, balancing resources, waiting for results
Three of Pentacles – focus on the task before you, making use of others’ experience
Four of Pentacles – clinging to money, on the edges of society, fear of letting go
Five of Pentacles – physical challenge, deprivation, lack, outcast
Six of Pentacles – charity, giving & receiving, generosity, act of kindness
Seven of Pentacles – dissatisfaction, wish fulfilled but disappointing
Eight of Pentacles – change of job, new hobby, training, honing skills
Nine of Pentacles – fulfillment, satisfaction with surroundings, happy to be alive
Ten of Pentacles – family wealth, security, legacy, status
Page of Pentacles – student, explorer, messenger, opportunity
Knight of Pentacles – hard worker, teacher, reliable, puts loved ones first, hidden depths
Queen of Pentacles – home-loving, busy, practical, helpful
King of Pentacles – self-made man, natural authority, generous, rich.