Saturday, 21 May 2011

Pentacles notes from

The Ace of Pentacles Tarot Card

If you are in need of a reality check, the Ace of Pentacles card will be a welcome sight in your Tarot reading. Pragmatic and observant, this is the card of abundance that influences the material world to spread the wealth your way!

Across an almost silver sky, a hand emerges from a frothy cloud, holding a golden coin emblazoned with the pentacle. Beneath it is a flowering garden surrounded by a hedgerow with an open entrance leading out to a distant majestic mountainscape.

The hand holding the coin is so white it is made of light. Is it the hand of an angel, the hand of a god perhaps? Rays of energy are pulsating out from the hand's profile, signaling the power of this gift that the universe is offering. As much as the universe is offering you this gift of pragmatism and abundance, you must act to accept it. It is being offered to you, not dropped into your lap.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
As your Tarot spread is laid out, the cards are divided into a past, present and future location. The Ace is the dominant type of card and pulsates its energy over the whole reading. While most cards tell your story of when their impact was felt, is being felt or will be felt in the future, any Ace describes the whole story and is present in each chapter. The Ace of Pentacles in the past position shows a childhood that revolved around material possessions, but it does not stop there, as the energy from this card carries that materialism into the present and future.

Meanings in Pairs
When more than one Ace is drawn in a reading, this is as important a reading as you could expect to get. When paired with the Ace of Swords, the worlds of materialism and verbal talents come together. A lawyer about to make a big presentation in a courtroom receiving this combination would be assured of winning his or her case. When paired with the Ace of Cups, love relationships add to the material well being of the person getting the Tarot reading. Many women meet and marry a rich man after this combination appears as its energy pulls in what is absent as well as what is pulsating outward from the deck of cards itself. Paired with the Ace of Wands, the Ace of Pentacles foretells a great creative breakthrough. Painters and film directors would be on the precipice of a masterpiece were they to embark on a new project after this pairing appeared in their Tarot reading. Even if you are pursuing more modest creative projects, this combination would bring about an inspiring interior decoration idea that will not only make your home a nicer place to live in, but will add value to your property if you are a homeowner.

Card Combinations
When an Ace of Pentacles appears in a reading with other Pentacle cards, money is at the root of all problems and is likely central to any of the solutions that should come about. People obsessed with money to the point of letting it control them are especially prone to Tarot readings that feature many coins, with the Ace of Pentacles hovering over the card spread. When The Ace of Pentacles is in a reading that includes a lot of Swords, someone may be trying to talk you out of your money. Has a new friend asked for a loan? Has a salesman made an offer that seems too good to be true and offered up fine print that is too complicated to decipher? But just as easily, someone may be willing to lend you money or purchase an asset of yours for top dollar. Be on the lookout. The Ace of Pentacles appearing in a reading with many cards from the suit of Wands will bring profit from your passion. If you are a specialist in a particular field, this card combination will bring you success there. Perhaps it is time to start a blog and get to be known as the expert in your area of expertise. When there are many cards from the suit of Cups in your reading along with the Ace of Pentacles, your desires will suddenly be made possible through commercial means. This reading often occurs to a person just before getting a job that opens new doors to worlds that are often off limits to ordinary people.

While most suited cards are lower echoes of two Major Arcana cards bearing matching numbers, the Aces of the Tarot deck match up easily with three cards. Those Tarot cards bear the 1: The Magician (Tarot Card #1), Justice (Tarot Card #11) and The World (Tarot Card #21). When you accept the gift that the Ace of Pentacles is offering, you are creating your own reality (like The Magician), you are seeking a true determination of worth (as the Justice card delivers) and you are meshing with the reality of those around you (the hallmark of The World card).

The Ace of Pentacles can indicate a rich soul mate is near when it pairs up with The Lovers card. Money from mom and dad might be forthcoming if it combines with The Emperor card. When combined with The Hermit, the Ace of Pentacles represents financial security as you pursue a course of diligent study or creative training.

Often money being offered to us is a way to get us to sell out to someone else's interest. If the price is right and the self-compromise not too great, then that is okay. When The Ace of Pentacles combines with the Strength card, you will be able to forego the temptations of riches if they are not in the interest of your personal dignity.

Exalting the Ace
Some Tarot traditions actually pull out any Ace from a reading and replace it with another card. But the Ace is never discarded. It is placed to the side and "hovers" over the reading. Some Tarot readers will have an assistant hold the Ace over the reading after it has been drawn, emulating the hand holding the Pentacle or other suit symbol of the drawn Ace.

The Two of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are you having a good time these days? Are you busy doing the things that you enjoy? Do your friends marvel at your ability to multitask, an ability that you take for granted? Look for the Two of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading if your busy life's exciting schedule has room for you to sit down with a Tarot reader. The Two of Pentacles is the card that assures you that your many interests add up to one satisfying life path.

A man stands before us with two golden pentacles in his hands. These large discs are bound by what appears to be a rubber band but is more likely a felt strap sewn together as a circle. The strap crosses itself in equal divisions, forming a lemniscate (also known as the "infinity" sign represented as ∞). The man has raised a foot and is staring at one of his hands, his head tilted. He is wearing an unfashionably funny hat. He stands on firm gray ground under a cloudless light blue sky, but the sea is behind him and there are waves rocking in exaggerated patterns, lifting up two ships to unnatural angles.

The solid gray ground is quite important in this card, because the precarious nature of this man's actions, along with his odd choice of headwear and a somewhat random strapping together of his pentacles. The ground on which he stands is firm, solid and untarnished. This is an indication that he can go about his antics as much as he pleases, that he is acting with a strong foundation, especially in contrast to the chaos in the world out there behind him. In fact, considering the tumult of the ships at sea depicted in this card, the mysterious dance and juggle of this man are almost life affirming in their own offbeat way. The hat is often depicted as extending way above the man's head depending on which Tarot card deck is being used; it symbolizes intuition and going beyond the knowledge of the brain and tapping into a universal consciousness while still keeping this energy near and accessible to one's own mind. The band around the discs represents infinity and as Pentacles represent wealth and the material world, this is a metaphor for a constant reinvestment of one's life gains into one's passions.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Every Tarot reading is divided into sections representing the past, present and future … yours! Cards in one position change meaning subtly when they are in a different position. When the Two of Pentacles is in the past position, you had a non-traditional childhood, or in the more recent past you have been involved in a wide range of fun and profitable activities that depart greatly from the straight and narrow path society seems to demand.

When the Two of Pentacles is in the present position, you are sailing along with so many projects and interests that you don't have time to be miserable or look back on life with regrets. This is a great position for this card because it affirms the energy you are putting into non-traditional efforts is magically balancing with the demands of the real world on your time and money.

The Two of Pentacles in the future position is a powerful card. It is the Tarot's way of letting you know that the solutions to your situation are going to be arrived at by following your hunches and listening to your body. Trust your instincts and carry happiness with you instead of searching for it before setting out on the journey called life. This card in this position is the ultimate admonition to be yourself, to go for it.

Card Combinations
A Tarot reading contains many cards because each one influences the other and allows an individual to get a unique reading as the cards compose a one-of-a-kind combination for you at the very moment they are laid out.

The Two of Pentacles is a subordinate of a pair of Major Arcana cards in the Tarot bearing the Number 2: The High Priestess (card #2) and The Hanged Man (card #12). The Two of Pentacles carries the intuition of The High Priestess and the nonconformity of The Hanged Man. These specific traits are emphasized when either of these Major Arcana cards accompany the Two of Pentacles in your reading.

When The Hermit card is present, you are in isolation as you create your productive juggling act. With the Page of Swords, you are not afraid to show off a bit and mock those stuck on an ordinary life's path. The Two of Pentacles has a "court jester" aspect to it and speaks truth to power, but there is great conflict when The Hierophant card shows up in your reading. This is a classic battle of control versus freedom. It shows up in many readings involving parents exerting control over their children or lovers quarreling over how much freedom is to be allowed in a relationship and other dynamic disagreements in life involving these themes.

When the Judgment card is in a reading with the Two of Pentacles, you manage to impress a very important person with a recent accomplishment. Often that person can be you, and the breakthrough will lead to a newfound level of self-respect.

Other cards with the number 2 in them balance out this card in your reading. The Two of Swords adds a cerebral side to this card and makes you even less likely to stake out a traditional position on any pressing matters of the day. The Two of Cups paired with the Two of Pentacles confirms that a soulmate is in your midst. The Two of Wands challenges you to find a creative outlet for all of your eccentric behavior.

When The Magician card is in your reading with the Two of Pentacles, please note that both of these cards carry the lemniscate with them. The Magician's infinity symbol is illustrated as floating over his head – symbolic and powerful; the Two of Pentacles is constructed out of material, but the presence of infinite willpower reminds you that the path you want to be on is a path that you can be on. Don't just dream it … be it!

The Three of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are you getting along with your co-workers as you put together the big project? Has someone turned to you to ensure that a job will get done? Is there a task at hand that you know will be completed on time and as perfect as humanly possible? Have you realized lately that you are the best person for a certain job? When an organized approach is needed, have you been getting the call? Is your partner allowing you room to be yourself because you bring so much to the relationship? The Three of Pentacles is a card that would indicate all of these and more issues associated with competency and hitting your stride.

In the alcove of a cathedral, three people stand beneath an arch. On the left of the card is a mason standing on a bench holding a tool in his hand. The mason has turned to look at two people standing on the ground across from him. One man is a monk, head shaved as an acolyte of the church, wearing only the brown robes that come with his vow of poverty. Next to the monk is assumed to be a nun wearing a somewhat garish habit. These two hold what appears to be a blueprint for the mason to follow in the construction of the church. Above them, in the archway are three pentacles of stone arranged as decorative garnish to the interior architecture.

The church walls are gray, indicating an unfinished quality all around – this card is about the process. The group of people pictured are working together. The bench on which the mason stands indicates that at times some people in the group are higher up than others; the priest and nun represent that others might benefit more than those who are ahead of us now. Working in a group requires such reality checks. The mason holds a tool to make sure all the bricks are level while the monk and the nun hold the drawings of how the building is supposed to look. This is an illustration that competency requires both a theoretical understanding of situations and a mastery of getting things done on a most detailed level.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
When your Tarot reading is dealt, the cards land in locations with assigned meanings. There is the past, present and future positions in every reading. When the Three of Pentacles is in the Past position of your Tarot reading, the best part of your formative years was in learning and self-discipline, mastering tasks and discovering your place in the world. If the past in your reading is more recent than your distant youth, this card relates to being put into a position where you can contribute. You were given the independence to show your competency within a group situation, be it at the office, in the classroom or among your family or love relationships.

In the present position, this card bodes well for a project in which you are currently enmeshed. This is especially comforting if you are unsure of how you are being received or not comfortable working with certain people. This card appearing in your reading demands that you simply display your expertise and the drama will fade, the unqualified will be dismissed and the goal that is in place for all of you will be accomplished. If there is a downside here it may be in your expectations for getting credit. While everyone involved may be acknowledged, the Three of Pentacles in the present position is a card that privileges the group over individual accomplishments. Unless you are standing out and saving a project because of a great organizational skill or a superior competency, do not go into things looking for reams of credit for your efforts.

When this card appears in the future position of a reading, expect big changes to come about as you gain expertise. Where you are now in your life may one day be looked back on as your "apprentice" period.

Card Combinations
Tarot readings involve more than one card in order for the meanings of each card to never be too rigid. The cards act as a group to subtly alter the meaning of each other. This ensures that every Tarot spread is different and individualized to you and the reality of the moment you receive that reading.

The Three of Pentacles is deeply related to the Major Arcana cards of the deck that carry the number three on them: The Empress (card #3) and Death (Card #13). The Empress is a card of presupposed talent and beauty, echoed in the Three of Pentacles as the talent to get the job done. Death is a card of unavoidable transformation and speaks to the totality of the task that is being executed in the Three of Pentacles.

When the Three of Pentacles appears in a reading with an ace Tarot card – of any suit, be it the Ace of Wands, Ace of Pentacles, Ace of Swords or Ace of Cups, look for the transformative power of the Three of Pentacle to be life-altering. Women who receive this card combination meet a love-at-first-sight soulmate on the job or fall in love quickly during a casual conversation with a new acquaintance.

The Three of Pentacles is at odds with The Fool, a card that celebrates the freedom of an existence without purpose. This card combination usually represents you and another person in your life who do not see eye to eye on anything. If you are studying the occult or subjects that are heavy in mysticism, this card combining with The Star will advance your consciousness. When combined with The Lovers card, look for your relationship to take a long, but fruitful path toward becoming a perfect union. Another great combination during your reading would be to see the Three of Pentacles appear in a reading with any of the king cards, be it the King of Wands, King of Cups, King of Pentacles or King of Swords, as you will soon be partnering up with a well-funded expert in the field for your big project. Learn more about the connection that the Three of Pentacles shares with the other cards numbered three in the Tarot deck.

The Four of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are you trying to keep control? Have you been accused of being just a little too possessive? Have you been hoarding things that might not be worth what you think? Did you recently acquire something through deceptive means? Are you trying to take control of a situation even at the expense of ruining your reputation? Look for the Four of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading. This is a card that illustrates how you may be blocking the very energy that would relieve your stress about never having enough of what you want, be it money, possessions or power.

A man with a crown is seated. His feet rest on two golden pentacles set on solid flat ground. He holds one cradled in his arms. On his crown stands a fourth pentacle. The sky behind him is a monochrome gray and the vista of an entire city is behind him.

The man is hardly royalty. His seat has no backing or d├ęcor, giving no indication that it is a throne. His clothing is far from regal. His crown is functional, not elegant. His hands are unable to do anything as they are locked in an embrace with that central pentacle. His feet may be smothering the energy that the two pentacles on the floor could deliver. Does he even know the pentacle on his crown is there? It is probably weighing heavy on him. Pentacles represent materialism and the pursuit of wealth and possessions. Whereas possessing some pentacles should mean that this is a wealthy man, his treatment of what he has reveals fear and suspicion, deceit and a lack of trust in the world around him; he is alone with his money. The gray dullness of this card only underscores the plain appearance that many Tarot decks render as bordering on ugliness.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
The meaning of each card can change subtly or drastically depending on where it lands in your Tarot reading. Your reading is divided into different sections: past, present and future. Many cards are stronger or weaker in some positions.

If the Four of Pentacles is in the past position in your reading, this indicates that you had issues with wanting too much control in the past. The foundation of your current situation rests on the past position, so understand that where you are now is a result of your greed, pettiness and an overall lack of vision. If your Tarot reader feels that this card represents a deeper past, perhaps your childhood, you can look back at a world where fear of losing everything forced you and those around you to hold onto everything. A bigger world with endless bountiful possibilities there for the taking was overlooked.

In the present position, this card serves as a mirror of how you may be seen by other people. It is not a flattering portrait that you are sending into the neighborhood. What you see as a righteous cause may be interpreted as needless and petty hostility. You might think friends and colleagues have your back, but your selfish vision is dissuading people from standing behind you. You may be more alone than you think. Your refusal to share and your need for control are convincing once-loyal people in your life to create distance. Your incomprehension that pleasant possibilities to be fruitful and multiply exist may be harming your family.

The future position is actually a great place to see this card in a Tarot reading. You can be warned that your current interests may lead you to a place of limitation rather than of being open and receptive to new experiences. This card is not rigid or certain; therefore, knowing it is coming can allow you to alter your attitudes. Next year, you may have a desire to cling to a romance that you and a lover have both outgrown; this holding on will pass when you realize the futility. Anticipating this tendency to grab at what you have as a result of a predictive Tarot card reading will help you process what is going on much quicker.

Card Combinations
Every time you receive a Tarot reading, only a few cards are drawn from the deck. They influence each other to create a unique reading for that specific moment. Were one card to change, the reading itself would be completely different.

The Four of Pentacles is one of the lower echoes of the two cards in the deck with the number 4: The Emperor (card #4) and Temperance (card #14). The Four of Pentacles reflects the stubbornness and selfishness that are the shadow side of The Emperor card. The refusal of things is a central tenet of the Temperance card, and is embodied by the Four of Pentacles as missing out by holding on. If either of these cards is in your reading with the Four of Pentacles, your self-denial may be harsher than anyone realizes. Learn more about the connection that the Four of Pentacles shares with the other cards numbered four in the Tarot deck.

When the Four of Pentacles is in a reading with The Hermit card, loneliness and isolation abound. Try to find a confidant or soulmate to stay close to you through your stubborn streak. The Nine of Pentacles is a card of materialism that entraps one; a desire to "keep up with the Joneses" and living beyond your means is pronounced when it combines with the Four of Pentacles. The Chariot is the Tarot deck's card of victory, but combined with the Four of Pentacles, it indicates a scandal with accusations of cheating and fraud. Your good name is at stake.

The best thing that one can say about the Four of Pentacles is that it is a predictable card. When combined with The Fool, this consistency helps find an outlet in a wild but calculated business pursuit aimed at getting rich. The chaos represented by the Wheel of Fortune is mitigated by the Four of Pentacles and you find that a stubborn resoluteness is actually the right choice to make in response to a life situation. Despite an initial unpopularity, this card combination earns you eventual praise for your loyalty to an ideal.

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Card

The Five of Pentacles is a Tarot Card that appears when economic times get bad. It shows up when we are losing faith in a relationship, an institution or just in ourselves. It is a card that illustrates us lacking faith in tough times.

The card depicts a wintry scene juxtaposing a beautiful stained glass window with two paupers trudging through the snow of a cold, dark night. One is on crutches, a tiny bell around his neck. The other has a shawl over her head, bare feet half-buried in the snow bank. The black wall behind them holds a colorful stained-glass window. A group of yellow circles with stars drawn in them is the prominent feature of this window. These circles are called pentacles and four are stacked evenly, supporting a fifth. Above them, the Roman numeral V (for five) stands out. There is some colorful foliage illustrated in the stained glass that makes the decor all the more festive.

The card is often assumed to be a bad omen when it appears in a reading. But the Tarot deck is subtler than good and bad. The meaning of the card can change dramatically depending on where it lands in a Tarot reading. The other cards around it also heavily influence the Five of Pentacles. Read more about placement and combinations that make this intense Tarot card come alive!

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
If the Five of Pentacles appears in the past part of a Tarot card spread, it indicates that a hopeless period of your life was in the past. This is a good place to have this card. You can learn about how losing your faith in the past may be the root cause of how you came to a current dilemma. You may also be able to better measure the hope that you have for life now against the hopelessness of your past.

When the Five of Pentacles appears in the present part of a Tarot card spread, this tells you that you are not looking at a great opportunity that is right in front of you. Often this card appears in the present when a generous and loving man is letting you know that he would love to have you in his life and you are ignoring him as you follow a loser bad boy on a dead end fling. This card urges you to have faith and to see something in your life that is right in front of you that can lead to a much happier situation than the one in which you are currently embroiled.

This is a warning from the Tarot deck not to lose faith. The future will challenge you if the Five of Pentacles is placed in your future position. But you can make solid choices now to be on the other side of that stained glass window. The Five of Pentacles reminds us that life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving. Embrace the warm, joyous light that is on the other side of the window in the Five of Pentacles. Knowing that times may be tough is no reason to give up, in fact, you can actually work to create the joyous light depicted in the card's stained glass window. This card lets you know that it is time to live your life instead of just trudging through it.

Card Combinations
All cards numbered 5 in the Tarot Deck are an echo of the Tarot's #5 Card: The Hierophant. This is the card of the established order and our adherence to the social contract. Every card numbered 5 is also an echo of the Hierophant's shadow card, Tarot Card #15: The Devil Tarot card. This is the card of abandoning all principle in the pursuit of pleasure, of adhering to your own selfishness so deeply that you become a slave to desire itself. All Pentacle cards deal with the energy surrounding the material world, an energy that is most commonly expressed as money. And so the Five of Pentacles card asks whether you want to follow your own selfish pursuits and ignore the big bounty that awaits those interacting as a part of civil society.

If the Five of Pentacles appears in a reading with a lot of other Pentacle cards, the issue is definitely money and its alienating power. Perhaps you are in a social clique with some women who are economically more well off than you and you are feeling bad about this.

If the Five of Pentacles appears in a reading with a lot of Sword cards, your alienation has angry words and contractual oppression at its core. Perhaps you have recently been disinvited from a circle of friends after an argument or disagreement.

If the Five of Pentacles is accompanied by a lot of cards from the Cups suit, emotions will be the reason you are in a state of alienation. This often accompanies situations where a woman has moved out on her own out of spite toward the people who love her. No matter how obvious it is that the love of the world awaits her back home, she trudges into addictions, bad relationships and poverty because she is "gonna show them."

Some of the Tarot deck's Major Arcana cards combine with the Five of Pentacles in curious manners. The "bad boy" addiction is particularly amplified when this card is paired with The Emperor or The Fool. When paired with The Tower, the Five of Pentacles reassures you that you are the victim of circumstance, of outside forces, and that your faith in yourself has been the saddest victim in recent life upheavals. When paired with the Wheel of Fortune, you probably are in the middle of taking a big gamble and losing faith in your wager. One card that combines with the Five of Pentacles in a manner that is solid and permanent is the Justice card. The Justice card indicates that a crossroads has been reached and that there can be no going back. The die is cast. When Justice pairs with the Five of Pentacles you are confronted with choosing or rejecting hope. Immediately following a Tarot reading with the combination of these two cards, the decisions you make and actions you take will be of particular importance in the short and long term.

The Six of Pentacles Tarot Card

Did you get what you wished for but are wondering if you might have wasted your wish? Are you overseeing a lot of money but have access to little or none of it? Are there strings attached to a relationship that are affecting your material security? Did someone accuse you of being on your very first power trip? Who told you that you were giving your money to a good cause? The Six of Pentacles is a card that indicates your identification with material wants and needs may be out of balance with who you really are, whether your needs are being met and what you really want anyway.

Under a slate gray sky, a man in elaborate clothing, complete with a stylish cloth turban tosses a kneeling beggar some coins. Another beggar waits for the chance to be seen and thrown a pittance. In the man's other hand he holds an evenly balanced scale. Six Pentacles adorn the card, floating in the illusionistic space of the illustration, playing no actual part in the unfolding scene of charity and obliviousness in the card.

The evenly balanced scale that the man holds should be an indicator of justice and righteousness, but this anonymous man's version of what is just and right may be out of balance with reality. The floating Pentacles having no relation to the unfolding scene indicate that this is not a card of certainty or assurances. This card reveals that what you thought you wanted was not necessarily best for you. Success and failure are arbitrary and capricious; the appearance of balance is an illusion. In the preceding card of the Pentacles suit (the Five of Pentacles), two beggars walk past a stained glass church window. In this card, two beggars appear to be getting what they want. But when they were on the outside looking in, they were standing. Here they get what they want, but they are kneeling. Which position is worse? Meanwhile, the man standing in this picture is obviously a man of worldly means, but there is no glamour in his charity, no one watching or applauding him. He carries the balance as a personal gauge of what needs to be done. His heart and mind are not in this at all.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Every Tarot reading is divided into distinct sections. Your past, present and future are each indicated by the cards landing in specific areas. On the road of life, a Tarot card can have a much different meaning in your rear view mirror than it does as your current passenger.

In the past position, the Six of Pentacles indicates a parental relationship that was wrapped up in the desire for wealth to the point of being controlled by materialism. If your reading is dealing with the more recent past, perhaps a lover or boss was more obsessed with money than in making a relationship connection that would have benefitted everyone.

The Six of Pentacles is strong in the present position and can be one of the most confrontational cards in the Tarot deck. You need to be woken up from your state of denial about your relationship to the material plane in general and money specifically. This card here indicates that some forces are controlling your finances. Be it a stingy parent, an aloof partner or a credit card agreement that charges too much interest, you are stunted in your growth as a person due to limitations on your material situation. The lack of control over your own destiny is the most frustrating aspect.

When your Tarot reader places the Six of Pentacles in the future position, the Tarot deck is hollering that familiar phrase: "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!" In the future position, the Six of Pentacles asks you now to question your motivation. You can lessen the damage of future obligations by making better choices now. This is not a powerful card of predestination; this card constantly reminds you of the difference between the illusion of your desires and the reality of what they are when made real.

Card Combinations
Tarot readings are called "spreads" as the cards are spread out before you and the energy of each card influences those around it.

The Six of Pentacles is the lower echo of the Tarot's Major Arcana cards with the number 6 in them: The Lovers (#6) and The Tower (#16). Like The Lovers card, the Six of Pentacles features a central union with another as its theme, also manifesting as a surrender of part of your destiny to this person. The Tower card illustrates destruction, but it actually is a card of being unable to control your destiny relative to forces in the universe over which you have no power. The standing man illustrated in the Six of Pentacles is a metaphor for what destiny might bring. If either of these cards appears in your reading along with the Six of Pentacles, the role other people play in controlling your situation is heightened.

If you receive the Justice Tarot card in a reading along with the Six of Pentacles, the balance held in the hand of Justice balances out the trivializing affect that the man in the Six of Pentacles has and your reading indicates a situation resolving itself in your favor.

Paired with the Six of Pentacles, The Hierophant is a card that foretells an interaction with one or more people convinced of the certainty and righteousness of their cause. Be careful to avoid letting them set an agenda that affects you, no matter how peace loving or open-minded they appear. If your reading features Temperance in your spread, you will have to do without a pleasure-seeking ritual of yours. A lover might be out of town or indisposed for the next week or two.

The Magician card turns the Six of Pentacles from a card of little control to one of total power. This pair indicates that you are in charge of something about which you hardly realize. Your actions are affecting lots of people and you do not even know the influence and impact you have. The Fool card carries this potency as well when paired with the Six of Pentacles. The experiences you want most badly are out of reach but meanwhile you have at your disposition things that others crave but about which you care little.

The Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are you at a crossroads? Have things come to a head recently and there are a few choices of which direction you should take? Is an investment paying off and taking you to a new level, but leaving you restless instead of content? The Seven of Pentacles is the card that shows up in the Tarot readings of those pondering a change in their life's direction.

A man stands at his vineyard with his hands folded on the tip of the pole of his spade. He is resting his body weight on his hands on the tool with its blade head set deep in the tilled soil at his feet. There are seven gold Pentacles sprouting from the vines before him. The sky above is gray and the landscape behind him stretches empty for miles.

In the Tarot, the suit of Pentacles represents material wealth. There are three ways to create wealth: one can manufacture it, mine it, or grow it out of the ground. The Seven of Pentacles represents the moment where one realizes that tangible success has arrived, and yet, after all your hard work, there is a moment where you pause and wonder what is to be done now. Resting on the tool is finding a new use for the thing that brought you to this point. Illustrating the man in this pose presents you with the option to find new ways of using your own tools to continue toward success. After all, the path you take is one that you can choose; you have earned that right.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
The Tarot reading sees cards dealt out into positions of past, present and future. The meaning of a particular card changes depending on where it lands in the spread of cards. When the Seven of Pentacles is dealt in the past position, you are reminded that your current situation is one that you had time in which to consider your options. You arrived to where you are now because of one person: you. Often this is a great feeling, to know that you made a good choice. However, if you are currently in a negative state of mind, the presence of this card in the past position may be confronting you with the fact that you created many of the circumstances from which you now suffer.

In the present position, this card represents your free will and opportunity like few other cards in the deck. The Tarot is letting you know that you can take a little time to see where you can go from here. This is a card that acknowledges you have reached a new level but insists that it is up to you as to whether you will stay on this plateau or move upward for greater success.

When the Seven of Pentacles appears in the future position, the Tarot deck is predicting that you will see success in your future; however, this success is not going to be handed to you. If you are currently involved in a venture of diligence or hard work, this card in the future position is a big blessing, but it is not a guarantee. While something on which you are working or to which you are committed will most certainly bear fruit, you possess free will. At the moment in the future that you realize things are occurring as you had planned, it will be up to you to embrace the success that you currently can only dream about. It is shocking how many people are afraid of success and the changes that it brings. Will you be ready to take the fruits of your labor to market when the moment of harvesting your talent arrives?

Card Combinations
When your Tarot reading has begun, the cards laid out combine energies and flavor each other, adding subtle meanings to the core components of each card.

The Seven of Pentacles has a deep relationship to the two cards in the Major Arcana that carry the number seven: The Chariot and The Star (numbered seven and seventeen, respectively). When either of these cards appears in your reading along with the Seven of Pentacles, the rewards you are about to reap will be multiplied. The Chariot delivers a public success and The Star a private satisfaction.

There are other cards in the Tarot that refer to a pause to relish what is about to come. The Three of Wands appearing in a reading with the Seven of Pentacles indicates that your personal touch will be the thing that aids your success. Judgment adds to the immediacy of the moment, urging you to get all you can out of your efforts. The Five of Swords underscores that others are to thank for some of what you have accomplished, but whether or not they are around to enjoy this success remains to be seen.

Other Minor Arcana cards numbered seven appearing in your reading with this card will add to the realization that you have something special. With the Seven of Cups, there is a dreamy state of wondering just how great your goals might be. Be careful not to indulge illusion without a balanced view of realistic possibilities. The Seven of Swords makes the current success something that others might try to take credit for, or you may find others insisting that you somehow owe part of your coming success to them. The Seven of Wands appearing in your reading brings the possibility of an uphill battle to let the world know about your recent prosperity.

When The Wheel of Fortune appears alongside the Seven of Pentacles, you will enjoy your moment of success proportionate to how long you have been on the bottom. If you did not truly earn what is coming your way, you might not hold on to your coming rewards all that long.

Some Tarot scholars have looked at the resemblance of the shovel's handle in the Seven of Pentacles and straight stick carrying the knapsack of the character illustrated on The Fool card. The thought is that the man in the Seven of Pentacles will make his fortune, buy some fancy clothes and pursue a retirement of wandering in search of pleasure. If you get this combination in your reading, happy trails, you have earned the good life.

The Eight of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are you wondering whether a project will be worth the effort? Has a chance at counseling with your partner made you wonder whether you should bother? Is it time to consider getting a college degree and you want to know what is down that path ahead? There are many times in life where we are given more than we should get and other times where we do not receive what is rightfully ours. When the Eight of Pentacles appears in your Tarot reading, you have some hard work ahead, but the results will be even better than you could imagine. Many people don't like the thought of giving something too much effort and look to pass the buck. The Eight of Pentacles is a card that says all of the blessings you desire are within you and can be released with diligence. If you want a helping hand, there are two for you at this point in your life – one at the end of each arm.

A man is sitting on a bench. He is carving a Pentacle, a hammer in one hand and a grooving bit in the other. On a nearby post are mounted five pentacles. At the foot of the bench, leaning upright is a sixth, and after the one he is working on, there rests an eighth pentacle to be perfected at his feet. His clothes are in tatters. The cloudless sky is a light blue-gray but is without a cloud in sight. Off in the distance, the spires of the town can be seen.

The toiling man is not concerned with how he looks, and some Tarot illustrations exaggerate his appearance until he appears to be a homeless vagrant. The core point of illustrating him with threads stretched and snapped in his work vest is to emphasize that this is not a card about appearances or romance, but of focusing one's effort on the task at hand. The Pentacles that are mounted indicate that he is making progress while the one at the side of the bench and at his feet indicate there is still work to be done. The even weather lets us know that the outside world is not a factor in how he works – he is in his own world, diligently tackling the problem with a solution he will master.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
When you receive a Tarot reading, the cards are placed in patterned positions that have specific meanings. Each card drawn refers either to your past, your present or your future. The meaning of a card changes depending on the position in which it is placed in your reading.

In the past position, the Eight of Pentacles acknowledges that where you are now is no fluke. You worked hard to get here and your past is a place of sacrifice and focus. There is an intense discipline at work in your psyche. Your present may be veering from this or comforted by it, but make no mistake that your rigorous pursuit of perfection in the past led to many if not all of the comforts that you currently enjoy.

When the Eight of Pentacles lands in the present position, you are working hard toward a goal. The pursuit of something perfect is paying off, but there is still much work to be done. This is a card that indicates dreams are deferred while you work to make them as great as they can be.

The card is quite strong when it is in the future position. The Eight of Pentacles in this position is a case of, "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." This is the hard work that you know is ahead on your way to your dream. This is meeting the agent who says he would love to read your screenplay, setting you on a month-long writing frenzy. This card in this position is the old boyfriend on the Internet who asks to see a current picture of you on your social networking profile. There is work ahead that needs to be diligently approached now and in the future. The goal is known and is attainable. Now you simply must stop everything, change most of it, reinvent the wheel to support the way you roll and work toward achieving everything you want.

Card Combinations
Every card has certain meanings, but when placed next to another card, the meaning is altered a little to acknowledge the presence of that card; and just as it is influenced, so too does it send influence over to that other card. Since your Tarot reading consists of more than one card, the cards combine to tailor the message that appears in the reading specifically for you.

When the Eight of Pentacles is in a reading with Strength or The Sun the reading gains in importance. The Sun is card #18 and Strength is card # 8, so the Eight of Pentacles echoes their influence. The man precisely engineering the pentacles has the attributes of the Strength card in his commitment to creating excellence and the focus on his own dreams that is the hallmark of The Sun card.

When The Hermit is in a reading with the Eight of Pentacles, your isolation in working through to your goal could create its own problems despite the success of your project. If the Three of Swords is in the reading, you may be inadvertently hurting someone by depriving this person of your company as you work diligently toward accomplishment. Make sure that you maintain the ties of love in order to have people with whom to share it all.

The Lovers is a great card to have in a reading with the Eight of Pentacles. This indicates that you are willing to work hard at saving your relationship, partnership or marriage. Many people just walk away when things get difficult; this card combination blesses your life's love commitment with effort that goes above and beyond talk. Focused action, the core value of the Eight of Pentacles, guides love toward reconciliation.

The Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are you finally coming into your own? Have you been surrounding yourself with beautiful things? Has a love of the good things in life crept into your consciousness? When the enjoyable side of materialism dominates your days, the Nine of Pentacles is a card that will appear in your Tarot reading.

A woman in a luxurious robe ponders a small bird perched on her gloved left hand. Behind her is a hedgerow, bountiful with luscious grapes. Beyond it is a landscape of simple beauty, a nice house, trees and all of it under a golden sky. Her right hand rests atop one of nine pentacles. These golden circles emblazoned with a star are stacked on either side of her. On the ground in front of her, a small insect is visible. This bug is often illustrated as a snail.

Pentacles represent materialism, wealth and the consequences waiting for us in the real world. The woman is wearing fashionable attire and lounging about her own little corner of the world. She appears to have leisure time enough to care for a bird as a hobby. Perhaps she enjoys the ancient sport of falconry. This is a testament to wealth, but the hedgerow seems a little encasing. Is she trapped by her wealth? Is the bird a symbol of hope to be free from a burden? If she herself cannot break free from her enmeshment in the material world, does the bird offer her a ray of hope, an attachment to a spiritual side that is lost in the trappings of wealth and luxury?

There is much debate about the Nine of Pentacles. Many people attach their political ideologies to this card in interpreting the position of this wealthy woman as either a blessing or a curse.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Each Tarot reading describes things in terms of the past, the present and the future. Where a card lands may change its meaning somewhat as well as the definition of how it relates to you and your life.

In the past position, this card describes a childhood of receiving everything you could have ever wanted. But were you still bored and feeling possibly unloved? The suit of Pentacles does not cover love, emotions or satisfaction of spiritual questions. While the Nine of Pentacles represents the bliss of having it all and refining one's taste to enjoy the best of the best, the Pentacles are, at their core, only representing things, not relationships. You may find that this card landing in the past position brings up issues of your childhood that you do not necessarily want to re-visit, and yet, your reading may be a true revelation if you fearlessly ask whether you controlled circumstances of your past or whether they controlled you.

The Nine of Pentacles in the present position indicates that you are in a safe, pleasant environment. You may be a little bored, though, and this could lead to all sorts of mischief, considering that it is likely you have the funds to afford a frivolous excursion, affair or other trifle that may skip a little too close to the dark side of things. Remember that boredom can lead to abandoning the things that bore you, but it could leave you with nothing else if you have not developed yourself on the inside.

Of all the cards in the Tarot deck, this one is probably best in the future position. Nothing screams "And she lived happily ever after" quite like the Nine of Pentacles in the future position. When this card rests in your future, the outcome of the question you have going into your reading will always be positive, and contain upbeat answers like "comfort is on the way" or "You are moving toward a life of refined elegance." The irony of the Nine of Pentacles in this position is that it becomes difficult to critique the boredom that occurs when wealth and materialism overtake us when that very boredom is a goal toward which we are striving.

Card Combinations
The Nine of Pentacles is a card that suffers when there are other cards from the same suit in the same reading. This card represents a captive and fragile existence, dependent on others more often than not. Other Pentacles cards in your reading take precedence over this card and make for more issues regarding materialism controlling your life.

If the suit of Swords is present in great numbers with this card, expect lots of discussion about your possessions. Perhaps there is gossip in the neighborhood circulating about you. When your reading features the Nine of Pentacles and many cards from the suit of Wands, you will be enraptured with art and music and perhaps become the patron of a starving artist or struggling musician. When the suit of Cups dominates a reading that includes the Nine of Wands, you have the best of both worlds: material success and comfort along with deep, heartfelt emotions. This is a blessed Tarot combination.

If there is a self-centered quality to the Nine of Pentacles, blame it on the relationship between this card and the Tarot's Major Arcana card Numbered 19, The Sun. This card shows a child in complete self-centered bliss. The reason there is not a care in the world is that the child-like mind has not gone outside of itself. The other Major Arcana card with a close relationship to the Nine of Pentacles is the number 9 card: The Hermit. This card reinforces the isolation present in the hedgerow blocking out the rest of the world. Are you becoming a prisoner of your own possessions?

If either The Hermit or The Sun show up in a reading with this card, you are looking at a deep psychological resource for insight into your personal development as well as a mystic look into who you are becoming.

The Ten of Pentacles Tarot Card

So many of life's little problems are dependent on finances that it might shock some to learn that the Tarot deck's card indicating wealth is also the card of conventional thinking. The Ten of Pentacles is a conservative card in thought and deed, but overflowing with material success. Who could foresee that it would be so boring to be rich!

In the center of a busy town, people come and go. Two dogs heel at the feet of an older gentleman, his long white hair matched by a flowing cloak with an indistinct design implying the connection to a family of status. He is patting a pup on the head. Coats of arms are inscribed on the pillar of an archway under which some people walk by, a child staring at the viewer of the card has his hand near the other dog's tail. There is little distance between the man in front of the archway, the pedestrians and their child under it and the taller buildings and shrubbery of the town square beyond it. Superimposed over the scene are ten golden pentacles.

The scene is most definitely right in the middle of the action and yet, it is quite an ordinary moment. The old man and the child reveal a cycle of life metaphor as each are petting opposite ends of either dog, but overall there is an obliviousness to circumstances among these people and a generally boring atmosphere to this card. In a world of material security without strife or insight, the day-to-day routine is quite conventional. In many Tarot cards throughout the deck, we see a town off in the distance. In the Ten of Pentacles, we are in the town square and comfortably secure in our surroundings.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
A Tarot card spread features revelations about the past, the present and the future. When the Ten of Pentacles appears in the past, it reveals that the foundation of your situation is material comfort. Perhaps you came from a wealthy family. Many poorer people in isolated areas raise their children without any mention of finances and these kids grow up quite well-adjusted as they assume that their humble beginnings are all one needs in the world. Conversely, some middle class backgrounds feature parents obsessed with wealth and social status. Each of these situations may bring about the Ten of Pentacles, and as different as they might be, they do let the person receiving the Tarot reading know that the attitudes toward money they learned in childhood still resonate in their lives today.

If this card appears in the present, it describes either your finances or your current values. Abundance in money at the present may be leaving you wondering just who your friends are. Your values may be becoming quite conservative. Are you settling down or hiding out? Are you becoming stingier as you acquire more and more money? Are you so bored by an easy life that you are not challenging yourself to be all that you can be? As inoffensive as the Ten of Pentacles is, its appearance in the present position in a Tarot card reading might be more of an indicator of you being a couch potato instead of developing yourself into a more dynamic, happy person. The Tarot will remind you that playing it safe is often detrimental to your overall well-being.

The Ten of Pentacles is a great card to have in the future position if your reading concerns a business venture that is just getting underway. It is one of the best cards to appear in a marriage reading. Remember, though, that the Ten of Pentacles describes your finances and your values, it is not a card that gauges happiness or emotional fulfillment. In fact, instead of being a card of living happily ever after, it might better be described as a card of living securely discontented and too conservative to pursue true happiness.

Card Combinations
Each Tarot card tells a story and the cards nearest to it fill out the details. When the Ten of Pentacles is in a reading with many other cards from the suit of Pentacles, money matters are all the more emphasized. When there are many Cups cards in a reading with this card, your emotions are tied to your finances – perhaps a lover is actually only in love with your bank balance. If your reading features Swords in other cards, perhaps you are in the middle of a fight over an inheritance with some of your siblings. Wand cards abounding in a reading with the Ten of Pentacles indicate that there are many opportunities to turn your ideas and creativity into money. Look around for all those chances the universe is giving you!

When the Ten of Pentacles is paired with some of the more conservative cards in the Major Arcana, the effect can be to hold you back in either a state of lazy comfort or apathetic indecision. Temperance is a card of behaving one's self, but paired with the Ten of Pentacles, comfort almost becomes your enemy. When The Emperor card is drawn alongside the Ten of Pentacles, your ego takes on an attitude of imperiousness due to a feeling of superiority because of your wealth or current material advantages. The Hierophant is another card that adds to the conservative nature of the Ten of Pentacles, but indicates spending your resources on a church, a club or a political party.

One card that is great to appear in a reading with the Ten of Pentacles is Death. This is a scary card by its very nature, but it signals a financial transformation is on the way. It could very well indicate the death of your poverty. When The Chariot or Wheel of Fortune card appear in a reading with the Ten of Pentacles, look for your financial situation to change, and to change quite rapidly. With The Chariot, you will have a great insight about what to do with your money. With the Wheel of Fortune, you will see a grand shift in the way you conduct yourself as your finances are altered.

The Page of Pentacles Tarot Card

Is it time to get real? Would a practical way of solving problems make sense now? Have a few people recently remarked about how dependable you have become? If these words ring true, your Tarot reading is probably taking place with the Page of Pentacles card being drawn. This is a card of seeing the light in all that is practical, and realistic. The Page of Pentacles signals the moment when those who have integrity begin to use this moral backbone to rise and take charge. As events turn in your favor, the energy of this card creates prosperity commensurate with your commitment to upholding the truth.

A young man stands in a grassy field. A rich landscape behind him seems tiny for all of its vast reach, as it is beneath a bright yellow sky. He holds a golden pentacle in both hands, elevating it to examine it closer. He has a distinctive red hat that has a scarf on it flowing down the side of his head and over his shoulder. The scene is peaceful, dominated by the young man's serene gaze at the circular object in his hands.

Pentacles are the Tarot deck's symbol of wealth, but they also represent the material plane of existence – all possessions and the practical approach to having things around. Pages represent youth and immaturity. Here though, the young page is enamored with the Pentacle; he is beginning to see its purpose. Aside from his attempts to be stylish with a hat that sticks out, this is already a sober young man. If he is immature, it is passing away as he realizes what he holds in his hands can be made into something greater than himself. The Page of Pentacles signals the moment when some of us realize that money is a tool and that it can be used to acquire things that elevate one in the world – the real world, in the here and now.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Each Tarot reading places cards in locations that have specific meanings. These spots represent your past, your present or your future. Where a card lands may change its meaning somewhat.

If your reading features the Page of Pentacles card in the past, be assured that this is the strongest place in the deck for it to land. Any Page in the past position represents a successful completion of childhood and childish responses to the world. The Page of Pentacles is the most mature of all the Page cards in the Tarot deck, but it is still representative of a childish relationship with the world. Here the card indicates that you have had a good relationship with material possessions and understand the way money works. Your development has been normal and nurtured. In reference to your recent past, this card can indicate that you recently rose to a higher position in the world.

In the present position, the Page of Pentacles indicates that you are only now coming to certain terms about the real world. This is a good place for the card to land because in reference to your current state of affairs, you will be blessed with a calm and rational approach to all pressing problems. This is a good card to have if you are in a tense financial situation as it gives you the cleverness of a child with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Apply this approach to your income problems and you could be out of the red and into the black in no time.

The Page of Pentacles is somewhat weakened in its potency for financial gain when it is in the future position. For your youthful awakening to pragmatism to be slated for some future date indicates that your relationship to the land of fantasy and imagination could be costly relative to having to soon accept the reality of the world on its own terms. On the other hand, this card often indicates a helping hand will be lent when you are most in need when it lands in the future position of your reading, so be confident going forward that there is hope ahead in life.

Card Combinations
When a card is dealt into the Tarot reading, it does not stand alone. Cards combine with other cards to form new meaning in tandem. A whole reading is unique in the placement and combination of the cards interacting with each other.

The Page of Pentacles is one of four court cards for the suit of Pentacles. When any of the other three are in the reading, pragmatism, money and possessions are emphasized above issues of the Page. This is the privileging of the suit, the Pentacles, over the energy of the court member. The Knight of Pentacles combines to quickly deliver a winning solution to your dilemma. The Queen of Pentacles will combine with her Page to produce an irresistible urge in you to purchase some art or decorative items or to invest in a business involved in the arts. The King of Pentacles combines with this card in a reading to foretell a marriage with money or an inheritance on its way.

When other Pages are present in a reading with the Page of Pentacles, the youthful energy of this card takes precedence over the materialism. When the Page of Wands is in the reading, look for fashionable or artistic excess to take over your life. When the Page of Swords is in the reading, you will have advice for people that they might be willing to pay for. The Page of Cups makes for a reading that must emphasize following your hunches to the highest levels.

The Strength card combines well with the Page of Pentacles, as your stamina in face of adversity is given extra incentive in a quest to triumph. The Chariot is also a Tarot card that is bettered in its reading when accompanied by this card. The Chariot symbolizes victory and with this Page it reinforces the permanence of that win. If you see relationships and marriage as a win, talk to your Tarot reader about the practicality of finding a guy and marrying him – will he be an immature page or a wealthy pentacle? Or both?

The Knight of Pentacles Tarot Card

Are the details of life dragging you down? Are finances and possessions overtaking your consciousness? Is there a new person in your life who flaunts his or her wealth but is incapable of sharing any of it? All of this dull weight of the material world will be revealed when one of the heaviest Tarot cards in the deck is overturned in your reading: The Knight of Pentacles.

Under a golden sky, a man in armor sits upon his steady black mare. In his right hand he holds a Pentacle. The landscape is placid and the casual ornamentation of the Knight's saddle hangs straight down.

The frills on his Horse's saddle and headdress tell us a story. Their pristine condition assures us that neither a difficult nor an exciting adventure has accompanied this Knight's travels. Nothing is out of place; little is interesting beyond the material security that comes with the suit of Pentacles. Once your material needs are met, though, will the Knight be able to defend you from your boredom?

Court Card Combinations
The Tarot deck has four suits (Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands). Each suit has a King, a Queen, a Knight and a Page. Each suit represents a deep archetype that rules over the lives of human beings. They rule us because these archetypes are at the core of what motivate us in our everyday endeavors. Swords are ideas, Cups are emotions, Wands are creativity and Pentacles represent materialism. The court cards represent personalities that we encounter in our lives who thoroughly embody one of the suits. Pages represent a youthful energy of the suit; Knights a guardian and delivery of a suit; a Queen is the suit at its humanitarian best; a King is the embodiment of using a particular archetype to lead and rule.

When two court cards appear in a reading, a conversation begins. It is a discussion of how an archetype works with, or clashes against, another. This discussion often represents two people in your life and their influence on you, but the court card combination can easily represent you and another person.

The Knight of Pentacles combines well with most court cards. He is likely a stable person in your life and balances someone like the Queen of Swords who is passionate about ideas; he heals you when you are troubled by emotions like the Page of Cups or he supports you to balance your interest in the Knight of Wands who is quite creative and artistic but may always be broke. When such court card combinations appear in your reading, the Tarot is giving you a powerful analytic tool to see where you stand developmentally between these two points.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
A Tarot reading is divided into three sections: your past, your present and your future. Where a card lands tells a story of a distinct chapter in your life.

When the Knight of Pentacles is in the past position in your reading, you probably have roots in a nice, safe upbringing that is indistinct; if there was any drama, most if it is probably in the narrative you have attached to your upbringing rather than in the reality of your roots. People raised in suburbia in families with aspirations of material success see this card in the past position quite often. If the Knight of Pentacles in this position is emphasizing the recent past instead of your deeper development, you are probably coming into a restless period after having had months or years of stability.

In the present position, the Knight of Pentacles signals that you may be bored amidst all of your contentment. There is a tendency to not appreciate the things that keep us comfortable. The Knight is on a black horse, showing that we lose sight of appreciating a person who is providing for us. Is a generous man taking care of you while you flirt with or fantasize about other possible lovers? The combination of boredom and material comfort that the Knight of Pentacles provides is a recipe for a restless mind and spirit to find trouble.

The best place in your reading for the Knight of Pentacles is in the future position. This is the manifestation of the phrase "… and she lived happily ever after." Look for a well-to-do person to assist in ridding your life of the uncertainty that current financial instability has caused. The Knight of Pentacles is truly your "knight in shining armor" when he is in your Tarot reading's future position.

Card Combinations
Look for individual cards to have meaning added in your reading as they interact with the other cards that are dealt. Your Tarot reading is a group of cards, not an individual litany of static meanings.

When the Knight of Pentacles is present with some of the more negative cards from this suit, the bad energy is minimized. This is especially true for the Two of Pentacles card, where your indecision will be assisted by the presence of a benefactor and the Five of Pentacles, where your troubles with money will manifest more as neuroses rather than an actual harmful situation.

When paired with The High Priestess card, look for your financial situation to become dependent on a mysterious person who behaves unpredictably. The Judgment card brings forth a more permanent stability, but at the cost of some freedom of expression. While the presence of The Moon card exacerbates your boredom, The Sun card will see you finding your true calling during this peaceful time of your life.

The Knight of Pentacles will be there when you need him if The Tower card is present in your Tarot reading. A calamity will be averted when someone shows up to purchase something you need to sell in order to pay the bills. The Hermit pairing up with the Knight of Pentacles indicates that you will find the money to pay for an extended educational opportunity. Justice is a card that pairs well with the Knight of Pentacles if you are litigating or seeking an insurance settlement. Look for the financial side of things to improve greatly in your favor.

The card that works best with the Knight of Pentacles is The Fool. You may have access to the financial support of someone, but in showing that the material plane is of less importance to you, this combination allows you to control your dependence on this generous person instead of becoming a servant to Knight's wealth.

The Queen of Pentacles Tarot Card

When you have been nurtured into a place of happiness or are bettering a person, yourself or a situation, expect the Queen of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading. But does this card represent you, your potential, or someone who appears at some point during the magical journey known as your life.

Amidst a lush and flowery setting, under a golden sky, the Queen of Pentacles sits on her throne. The queen wears a crown, of course, but is sitting forward just a bit, holding a large gold pentacle in her hands that rest on her knee. The throne is made of stone and some Tarot decks illustrate small animals, rabbits or kittens, harmless mammals, near the throne. The queen's face is one of utter serenity. The branches of the nearby trees form an arch above her.

For such a simple card illustrating an isolated figure, there is a lot going on. The Pentacle represents the material plane, real things, money, wealth, solid objects of value both financially and sentimentally. The Queen holds it in her hands tenderly, like a baby. This is perhaps the most nurturing card in the Tarot deck. The tree branches represent abundance and provide shade for cool, level-headed decisions. The landscape represents a lively setting from which so much good can flourish with the proper amount of care and oversight. And it helps to be rich in order to have other things taken care of so that you have the time to maximize your enjoyment of the simplest things.

The Identity of the Queen
One of the powers of the Court Cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) is that they often represent other people. These are individuals who are embedded in your psyche from the past, are playing key roles in your present development or are destined to be intertwined with your future. A sensitive Tarot reader can distinguish, but may ask you questions to prompt a response of whether certain attributes of the card sound like you or sound like someone else. This is why being in a relaxed, open state is necessary when receiving a reading; you arrive at many of the divinations through yourself in addition to some coming from your reader. A Court Card might be you, but can be someone else. Don't jump to conclusions as there are layers of investigation in a Tarot reading.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Each Tarot reading is divided into three sections: Your past, your present and your future. A card landing in one part of the reading has a much different meaning then if it landed somewhere else. When the Queen of Pentacles is in the past position, the abundance of a recent relationship that is now over is made clear. This card could refer to a female family member who provided for you or a generous and patient teacher. If you learned to take care of yourself at an early age and to do more than just get by, the Queen of Pentacles in the past position represents you!

In the present position, the Queen of Pentacles signals that you are either enjoying a time now of being taken care of or are happily taking care of someone. The card's presence again demands that you assess your situation to receive the message – is this Queen someone who is currently making your life a little easier and providing for you or are you the person making sure that someone special is being nurtured.

In the future position, the Queen of Pentacles is especially strong. This card calls to you to be confident in yourself as the future will find a way to make your current struggles translate into prosperity. This card in this position is one of the best signals of coming luck; yes fortune is smiling upon you. If you are in business for yourself, this is especially great.

Card Combinations
As cards are laid out next to each other in your Tarot reading, they inform each other and influence the reading as a sum greater than its parts. When the Queen of Pentacles interacts with other cards, her nurturing potency can increase, take specific form or be seen as more of a hindrance than a blessing.

When the Queen of Pentacles is sitting near another Court Card, it is rare that these cards would both refer to you. One of these cards is you and one is someone else with whom you interact. A Knight or Page card would indicate your interaction with a child or an immature boyfriend. Paired with a King and you may be submitting to the will of a dominant lover. Paired with The Hierophant, this card indicates that you are giving your all to a belief system with a sincere loyalty. Pray that the institution is returning this devotion with some sort of affirmative action on your behalf.

When there are other cards from the suit of Pentacles in the reading with their Queen, the focus of the reading points assuredly toward finances. When the suit of Wands is featured prominently, the nurturing of artistic talent or business ideas is at the forefront of your consciousness. Is your boyfriend working to pay the bills while you go to business school? The Queen of Pentacles mixes well with the suit of Cups as they reinforce that the nurturing that is going on is from a place of true, unconditional love. The suit of Swords represents words, philosophies and ideas. In a reading with the Queen of Pentacles and a few Sword cards, expect tender love and care simply on principle. Someone will be there for you as a matter of doing the right thing. This is one of the best examples of a "Good Samaritan" aspect in all of Tarot.

The Queen of Pentacles may represent the values that your mother taught you. A grandmother's fortune that pays some of your bills could be represented by this card. A woman who hires you as an apprentice and teaches you a craft may show up in your reading as the Queen of Pentacles. The ultimate effect of this card is to maximize feminine energy for material success in the here and now.

The King of Pentacles Tarot Card

Have things stabilized recently? Are you enjoying the first stages of a new commitment that seems to be working out? Are others looking to you as a source of support and encouragement? Have you gotten through a series of tests, exams or obstacles recently and are more established than ever before? When you reach a plateau in life that confirms a feeling of competence and security in your outlook, expect the King of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading. This is the card that is the calm leader, the savvy businessperson, the adept engineer and the steady friend. When it is in your Tarot reading, you mean all those things to the people in your life and have met your stated goals.

Under a golden sky sits a crowned King. His throne is adorned with a motif of a bull's head. He holds a royal scepter in his right hand and displays a golden pentacle on his lap, held in place with his left hand. He looks forward in a state of meditative bliss. In the distance is a castle and around him is lush, overgrown greenery. Grape vines with fruit and leaves abound everywhere. His robes are adorned with a pattern of grapes. His feet are visible from under his robe, still protected in his suit of armor.

The suit of Pentacles represents materialism and wealth. This is a king who has created prosperity – it grows out of the ground. The bull has a kinship to the zodiac sign of Taurus, the astrological sign of wealth. The King's contentment indicates that his material needs are all being met. His crown and scepter confirm that he is in charge and the fact that he is still wearing a suit of armor tells us he would do battle to defend his kingdom.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions
Every Tarot reading is divided into three sections: Your past, your present and your future. A card may have a different impact or meaning in the future position than in the past or present; each card is unique and will see its meaning change depending on where it lands in your reading.

In the past position, the King of Pentacles underscores a childhood spent in a secure state of ego development, education and positive affirmation. If the past position represents a more recent time period, you can understand that stability and calm confidence were the norm. You can be assured that your present situation has at its foundation a secure grounding in both strong character and material security.

When this card is in the present position you are bound to be feeling better about things. Perhaps you have pursued a Tarot reading because of this new sensation of calm. Peace and serenity are on their way if they are not already core components of your current existence. The King of Pentacles in this position offers you a unique opportunity to take stock of where you have been and what you want to do with your life.

The King of Pentacles in the future position is a strong card. This indicates that any current struggles will wind up benefitting you. In this position, the King may not necessarily represent you. The Tarot's court cards (Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages) may represent another person in your life depending on where they land in your reading. In the future position, the King of Pentacles may represent a person who will step in to take care of a situation with which you need assistance. This "King" could be a financial investor in a project of yours. The card represents a person of means coming into your life or symbolizes you attaining the status and wisdom represented by this card; either way, the future position is a great place to see the King of Pentacles in your Tarot reading.

Card Combinations
Your Tarot reading is not an isolated series of cards from the deck. A reading combines the energies of each card. This combination changes the meaning of each one in a subtle manner. No card is completely free of the influence of the other cards in the deck, and yet no card is bound to change completely based on the energy of the accompanying cards.

When the King of Pentacles is in a reading with The Emperor card, your mastery over events has an authoritarian edge – perhaps you reached your equilibrium and security with a struggle that requires you to maintain a tough exterior. It combines better with The Empress, where a pronounced material success is pulsating toward you under the tasteful talents of the Empress herself.

When combined with The Hermit, the King of Pentacles makes you comfortable with your own being and better able to entertain yourself. Any need that you had to settle for bad company instead of no company will be a thing of the past. When The Fool card combines with the King of Pentacles, the reading indicates that your cavalier attitude actually protects you from emotional stress and damage.

Since the King of Pentacles rules this suit, other cards from the suit will be beholden to the secure feelings engendered by the king. This softens the harsh edges of the Five of Pentacles and makes it a card of self-reliance and pride rather than a more chronic down-and-out condition. Combined with the Nine of Pentacles, your materialism will come with an appreciation for the finer things that you can enjoy sharing with others, lessening the indebtedness this card often signals.

When cards of chaos such as Death, The Devil and The Tower appear in a reading with the King of Pentacles, it still means that trials and tribulations are on their way, but the King gives you a special protection from any true damage that ensues. You will still be asked to go through the gauntlet that wrenching changes bring, but you will not be so much worse for wear when it is all done.

When the King of Pentacles is in a reading with the Queen of Pentacles, a great soulmate match is at hand in your life. Look around for the simple steps that need to be taken to reel in the catch of a lifetime; a passion partner and best friend is there for you after such a long and fruitless search. Partnership harmony has truly arrived.

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