The Pentacles Tarot Card Suit

The following list, represents the aspects of the Pentacles Tarot Card Suit:

  • Material issues
  • The Earth element
  • The Astrological signs, Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo
  • The letter Heh of the Divine Name (the completion of energy into form)

Overview Of The Pentacles Tarot Card Suit

Money and material things is the core meaning of this suit. In addition this suit is probably the most up front suit of the four suits of the Minor Arcana. Its down to earth aspects makes this suit a very comfortable suit to have in a reading, especially if it is the dominant suit.

For simple straightforward answers, this suit is quite convenient as the Questioners life seems to open up in front of the Reader. On the other hand, this might pose some complications as it may seem that the Reader is only stating the obvious, telling the Questioner something he already knows.

It may be difficult to interpret this suit on its own, as the money aspect is usually something that is a consequence of some other action or event. This puts more importance to other suits or cards in the spread.

For example if a spread shows a dominant Pentacle Tarot Card Suit supported by a healthy doze of the Wands Tarot Card Suit, then the Questioner can expect financial gains in a business opportunity or carrier move.

If it’s supported by the Cups Tarot Card Suit, the Questioner might be worrying about his financial situation or that he might be faced with a choice in relation to financial matters.

As a secondary suit, the Pentacles may give financial support to other suits. Looking at the Wands Tarot Cards Suit as a dominant suit, the Pentacles could indicate that the work at hand has financial potentials. It might also mean that the Questioner is more interested in the work itself, rather than the financial potentials.

A dominant Cups Tarot Card Suit, could indicate that the Questioner is faced with choices that could involve financial benefits. Here the choice is the center of the reading and the Pentacles only a possible byproduct of the choice.

Money and material things seem to rule or control everything in our life. It’s therefor quite common to see Pentacles in spreads. But we have to understand that money has no value. It only represents value. This is why the Pentacles Tarot Card Suit can seldom be interpreted independently.

Physical Characteristics Of The Pentacles Court Cards

Court Card Hair Color Eye Color
King Dark Dark
Queen Dark Dark
Knight Dark Brown Dark
Page Rich Brown Dark

A list of Pentacles Tarot Cards will follow soon

The Minor Arcana

The full 78 deck of the Tarot Cards, is divided into two main groups, The Minor Arcana and The Major Arcana of which the former is the larger group.

The group consists of four suits of 14 cards, or 56 cards in total. The suits consist of Swords, Pentacles, Wands and Cups.

These cards are further divided into basic cards numbered from 2 to 10 and court cards of four, being the King, Queen, Knight and Page, with the Ace being the first in each suit.

The Minor Arcana 56 cards are common to the regular deck of 52 cards, with the exception of the Page. This card is not used in the regular deck as it merged with the Knight early on. Some South-European countries even use the 56 deck cards instead of the better known 52 cards deck.

The Minor Arcana As A Divination Tool

The cards of the Minor Arcana are often used by them self for divination purposes, with out using them along with the other 22 cards. We should not forget that many use the regular deck of 52 cards for divination purposes.

The 56 cards can be divided into two main groups for divination purposes, the court cards representing individuals or characters, while the basic cards representing situations or events.

This is why the Significator is usually picked from the court cards, by looking at the outside characteristics or preferably by looking at the Questioners astrological signs.

The Four Suits

The four suits are named respectively Swords, Pentacles or Coins, Wands, Staffs or Sticks and Cups. The names of the Pentacles and Wands vary, but I prefer to use the names Pentacles and Wands on this site.

These names are related to the deck of 52 cards as follows; Pentacles are Diamonds, Wands are Clubs, Cups are Hearts and Swords become Spades through the Spanish word Espada

Each of the four suits have basic characteristics that are related to the four elements, astrological signs, daily aspects and a letter of the Divine Name, Yahweh.

The following table shows the relationship between the characteristics and the four suits;

Name of Suit Element Astrological Signs Daily Aspect Divine Letter
Wands Fire Leo, Aries, Sagittarius Career Yod
Cups Water Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio Emotions Heh
Swords Air Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Mental Vau
Pentacles Earth Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo Money and Material Heh

Court Cards

The court cards are four in each suit, not three as in the regular deck of 52 cards. These are the King, Queen, Knight and Page or Princess.

These cards are used as Significators to represent the Questioner in the spreads. These cards represent individuals mainly according to the astrological sign of the Questioner, sex and age.

Kings represent mature men of 25 or older, while Queens represent women of the same age. Knights and Pages or Princesses cover the younger persons, from around 13 to 25 with the exception of the Page who also represents young children of both sexes.

In addition the court cards are thought to represent the elements. The King representing Air, Queens representing Water, Knights representing Fire while Pages represent Earth.

The World Tarot Card

The World Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card Suit

The World Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 21

Tree Number: 32

Ruled By: Saturn

Hebrew Letter: Tau

Numerical Value: 9

 

The World Tarot Card Description

This card shows a woman in blue cloth, holding two batons in each hand. The woman is inside a wreath and in each corners of the card are the symbols of the four elements, man for water, eagle for air, bull for earth and lion for fire.

Primary Meaning

The card symbolizes successful completion or fulfillment. This card shows the culmination of things, the end of a persons cycle. As a symbol of an end or fulfillment, it can take on the form of a travel or moving to another country.

Secondary Meaning

A secondary meaning might indicate a difficulty to put a closure to a matter concerning the Questioner. A project might be nearing to an end though it might have been earlier. Sometimes this card shows the fear of changes. But the overall meaning is that things will turn out for the better. The secondary meaning might indicate it takes a bit more work.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Judgment Tarot Card

The Judgment Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Judgment Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 20

Tree Number: 31

Ruled By: Fire

Hebrew Letter: Shin

Numerical Value: 3

 

The Judgment Tarot Card Description

This card shows an angel in clouds blowing a tromped with the flag of St. George on it. Below the angel are coffins floating on water and people are rising from them. In the background there is land crowned with a large mountain ridge.

Primary Meaning

Awakening is the center of this card. It symbolizes renewal and joy of accomplishing ones tasks. It shows changes to the better in the Questioners life. This card is a cyclical card, but indicates more the beginning than the end.

Secondary Meaning

As a card of cycles, the secondary meaning will refer to an ending of lesser pleasure to the Questioner. It might indicate that projects could have been done better or that the Questioner is having second thoughts about his work. It might also mean a negative outcome in legal matters.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Sun Tarot Card

The Sun Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Sun Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 19

Tree Number: 30

Ruled By: The Sun

Hebrew Letter: Resh

Numerical Value: 9

 

The Sun Tarot Card Description

A naked child crowned with a tiara of flowers riding a white horse, is the centerpiece of this card. Above the child, which is holding a long red banner in its left hand, is a large sun with a face upon it. Behind the child is a wall with sunflowers on top.

Primary Meaning

This is a card of material happiness, good health and an abundance. It also relates to achievement, at work or through studies. Happiness and success is awaiting the Questioner.

Secondary Meaning

Generally a good card, the secondary meaning might lean more to a slower realization of the outcome or the result will be less strong. On the other hand it could also point to some difficulties, especially in relation to childbirth.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Moon Tarot Card

The Moon Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Moon Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 18

Tree Number: 29

Ruled By: Pisces

Hebrew Letter: Qoph

Numerical Value: 12

 

The Moon Tarot Card Description

The card shows two dogs gazing at a glowing full moon with a crescent in the form of a face to the right. On each side of the moon is a tower with one window at the top. Behind the dogs (in front on the card) is a crab crawling from a pool of water. A path leads from the pool into the distance with the dogs on each side of it.

Primary Meaning

Illusion is the core meaning of this card. But illusion can be both good or bad. In this case Illusion means Imagination, intuition and dreams. It can also signify psychic work or abilities.

Secondary Meaning

As before, illusion can be both good or bad and for the secondary meaning it tilts more towards the negative side of the illusion. It most often shows the rejection to reality and difficulties to distinguish between what is real and what is not. Treachery and cheating is often following as well as an inability to tell the truth.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Star Tarot Card

The Star Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Star Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 17

Tree Number: 28

Ruled By: Aquarius

Hebrew Letter: Tzaddi

Numerical Value: 12

 

The Star Tarot Card Description

Being the card ruled by Aquarius, it shows a woman with her right foot in a pool of water and kneels with her left leg on ground. She is pouring water from two pitchers in each hand, the right hand one into the pool and the left hand one on to the ground forming small streems of water. Above the woman is a big yellow star and seven smaller one around.

Primary Meaning

Following two of the most negative cards in the deck, this card brings back hope and inspiration. It brings confidence and vigor into the life of the Questioner. An over all good card to have.

Secondary Meaning

This card is a good card in general, though a secondary meaning might indicate stubbornness, difficulty to adapt to changes with self doubt and lack of trust being strong influence on the Questioner.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Tower Tarot Card

The Tower Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Tower Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 16

Tree Number: 27

Ruled By: Mars

Hebrew Letter: Peh

Numerical Value: 9

 

The Tower Tarot Card Description

A burning tower is the most important symbol of this card. The top of the tower, a golden crown, is falling of as a bolt of lightning strikes it. Two persons, a man and a woman are falling from the tower and there is despair in their faces.

Primary Meaning

The card is one of the negative cards in the Major Arcana. It symbolizes changes, conflict and over all disruption of life. Bad news and calamity are quite often following this card. As a card that signals an end of a cycle, this usually means difficulties in relation to it.

Secondary Meaning

This card being negative in nature has little to add to it. The secondary meaning quite often represent drastic or more sudden changes than the primary meaning indicates. A generally bad card and a difficult one to interpret in a positive way.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Devil Tarot Card

The Devil Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Devil Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 15

Tree Number: 26

Ruled By: Capricorn

Hebrew Letter: Ayin

Numerical Value: 12

 

The Devil Tarot Card Description

The center of the card is the Devil himself squatting on a pillar. The Devil is hairy on his legs and his feet are clawed like a bird. He raises his right hand with an open palm reveling the sign of Saturn, while his left hand is lowered holding a burning torch. His horned head is bearded with the ears of a goat. On top of his head is the pentagon star reversed. Below him, on each side of the pillar, is a man and a woman chained to the pillar with a chain from their neck.

Primary Meaning

The primary meaning of the this card is that of the desire for material or physical things. It also relates to bondage or slavery, or being tied to people that are not good for you. This shows a strong tendency to hoarding or collecting items for the sake of collecting. The message to the Questioner is to break the chains and seek the truth within.

Secondary Meaning

This card is a negative card in its self, so a reverse meaning is more towards a better result. There is an indication that the chains of oppression will break, and that the Questioner will be free to choose his future.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

The Temperance Tarot Card

The Temperance Tarot Card of the Major Arcana Tarot Card suit

The Temperance Tarot Card

Tarot Card Number: 14

Tree Number: 25

Ruled By: Sagittarius

Hebrew Letter: Samech

Numerical Value: 12

 

The Temperance Tarot Card Description

The card shows a winged angel holding two cubs with water flowing between them. The angels head is glowing and on his forehead is the mark of the circumpunct and on his chest is a square with a triangle inside. The angel stands on the border of a lake with his right foot in the water and behind him is a glow upon a mountain.

Primary Meaning

Balance of temperament is the big theme of this card. It indicates good management and co-operation. A time of peace and harmony is at hand with the Questioner entering into a period of calmness and the ability to cope better.

Secondary Meaning

Bad or poor judgment and the tendency to combine disparate activities and people. It may also indicate to the questioner that he’s involved in to many activities and needs to cut down.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.