Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

Five of Pentacles’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

Five of Pentacles tarot card image
Five of Pentacles (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Abundance mentality, backing, recuperation

Traits: Appreciative, cooperative, gentle, helpful, kind, trusting, warm

Emotions: Contentment, gladness, relief, satisfaction, tenderness

  • Actions:
    • Admitting that you need help
    • Breaking the cycle of poverty
    • Choosing another path that is more suitable for you
    • Embracing the aid that comes your way
    • Focusing on what you have
    • Recovering from pain
Five of Pentacles (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Adversity, discomfort, hard path

Traits: Anticipative, cautious, humble, patient, slow, tough, uncomplaining

Emotions: Apprehension, frustration, hope, nervousness, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Accepting a harsh reality
    • Doing as much as you can with little you have
    • Learning lessons from adversity
    • Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel
    • Taking one step at a time
    • Understanding that life goes on
Five of Pentacles (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Abandonment, outcast, scarcity mindset

Traits: Discouraging, enervated, faithless, fatalistic, inert, unhealthy, vulnerable, weak

Emotions: Alienation, hurt, insecurity, loneliness, misery, neglect, rejection, suffering

  • Actions:
    • Adopting a poverty mentality
    • Declining offers of support
    • Hyperbolizing your financial or physical needs
    • Refusing to support yourself
    • Turning down opportunities to improve your health or finances
    • Wallowing in misery

Five of Pentacles’ Advice

Personal Growth

Whining achieves nothing. If the situation is unbearable, it’s time to define exactly what resources you have on hand and what needs are critical. Prioritize! By focusing on what you can actually do, you’ll avoid the trap of self-pity and depression.

Relationship

No matter how much is given, some people never feel they have enough. A relationship that drains your wallet and spirit may prove too expensive to maintain in the long run. If you accept offers of aid from loved ones, be sure you define and stick to the terms of repayment, or be prepared to lose the relationship.

Career

Too few customers. Too few innovations. Too few resources. All too often, we focus on what we lack. Turn this around by taking a fresh look at the resources you do have. Watch for offers of help. Consider mergers and partnerships. Rather than focus on the deficits, consider what could be.

Spirituality

Faith can turn trial into triumph. Rather than give in to a depletion of spirit, turn to your faith for support. Turn a difficult situation over to your higher power. Pray for guidance. Be bold: ask the Universe for what you really need. The response may surprise you.

Five of Pentacles’ Symbols & Insights

The Destitute Figures

The pitiful people on many Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired versions of this card are in dire straits indeed. Starving, freezing, and wounded in both body and spirit … they limp right past an opportunity for aid. When feeling down, don’t forget to look up.

The Stained-Glass Window

Many versions of this card depict a stained-glass window—which, by association, suggests a church. What organizations could come to your aid? What groups of people might leap at the chance to be involved in your situation? What keeps you from approaching them?

The Distractions of a Crisis

When things are going wrong, strong emotions can interfere with making practical choices. To what extent might strong emotions be blinding you to quick and easy solutions?

The Marseilles Image

Four Coins, entwined with vines, surround and isolate a fifth. The central Coin, isolated from the others, cannot benefit from the resources they represent. How does isolation figure in your situation? How might your situation be enriched by reaching out to others?

More About Five of Pentacles Tarot Card

Prediction
Finances are getting tighter.
Prepare for a setback.
Timing
Between April 21 and April 30
Affirmation
“I have faith that what I need will appear.”
Numerology Number
5
(the catalyst: instability, resistance, confrontation, evolution)
Classical Element
Earth
Astrological Planet in Sign
Mercury in Taurus
Story Character
The main character refuses to see how he or she can be aided by others.
Questions to Ask
What critical resources do I lack?
What people or groups would come to my aid if I asked?
How might an impoverished spirit be impacting my physical or financial condition?
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