This is one of the scariest and most unwanted cards of the deck. No one likes to think about illness, money problems, or being out in the cold without help. Yet, we all have trying times in our lives. This card is a warning sign to remind us we must prepare for when the tough times come again. The Five of Pentacles shows a man and a woman in ratty clothes, walking through the snow outside of a church. The man is using crutches and they both appear to be in rough shape. The five pentacles are shown in the stained glass window, which shines in the darkness behind them. When you see the Five of Pentacles, it’s time to build up and protect your reserves, take care of yourself, and ask for help. You don’t need to be completely independent and self-sufficient. This is a lesson in trusting good things are available to you, even though you can’t see them. In some cases, this card could also means knee problems or represent someone who takes an official vow of poverty.
Keywords for the Five of Pentacles Tarot Card
- Money problems, hard times
- Ill health
- Isolation, insecurity
- Job or home loss
Keywords for the Five of Pentacles Reversed
- Recovery from financial loss
- A new job or home
- Triumph over trying times
Patterns and Correspondences of the Five of Pentacles Card
- The Pentacles = rules the material world and money
- Suit of cards = diamonds
- Timeline = months to years
- Number 5 = the turning point
- Zodiac sign = Taurus
- Element = Earth
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Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Love
When it comes to love and romance, the Five of Pentacles is not a positive card.
Now is not the time to look for a new partner. You have too many other things on your mind. You must deal with the other areas of your life first. It will be quite some time until you have enough energy to give to a new relationship.
Don’t despair, though. You are loved and supported, even if you feel alone. This solitary period will make you stronger, more confident, and more certain of your goals. You will discover the security of knowing who your true friends are. And you’ll come out of this cocoon ready to be a compassionate, honest, and extremely appreciative partner.
If you are in a relationship, it may be codependent or one partner may be leaning too hard on the other.
This could also indicate one partner relying financially on the other partner for a time. This is not necessarily a negative situation, as long as both parties are comfortable with the it. Honest communication, trust, and support are key.
This card could also mean marital discord or a romantic breakup.
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Work
This card can indicate a job loss or other hard times ahead. If you are feeling alone or under-appreciated in your work, reach out to a mentor and your peers.
You don’t need to be completely self-sufficient all of the time. When you are worried about “being left out in the cold” or being left behind, ask for guidance. Learn the power and security of interdependence and connection and you’ll be able to trust your safety net will always be there.
One of the easiest, fastest, and most enjoyable ways to build this support network is to offer help to others. Once you identify the people you’d like to connect with, begin to send them clients, information, and opportunities. Sing their praises to others, propose a fun collaboration, and introduce them to your circle of influence. You don’t need to ask them for anything. Just give, share, and support their work with sincerity.
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning for Health
This is not a great card to see if you are concerned for your health. If you have any worries at all, see a doctor immediately.
And if you are struggling with ill health, remember you can’t do it all alone. Isolation, insecurity, and anxieties will not help to make you better. You will need professional support as well as the support of your friends, family, and community.
This will be a slow climb, but each positive step you take toward better health will build on the last. The actions you take may seem insignificant to you, but you are being watched. Someone (who you may never meet or know) is inspired by your commitment, attitude, and perseverance. By taking care of yourself, you are doing more than improving your life.
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
This is one of the worst cards, financially speaking. It warns of money problems, financial loss, and poverty.
It could also represent a job loss, home loss, domestic disruption of some sort, or a series of bad decisions.
The good news is you have time to prepare for whatever is coming your way. This is not the time for big purchases, investments, or radical changes.
Shore up your finances, insurance, and network of support. By taking action to protect what you have, you’ll be able to weather this storm with ease.
You don’t need to do this alone, either. Once all shit hits the fan, the situation will continue to decline until you admit the problem and ask for help. You will have to share your secrets, shame, and truth to someone else before you will be able to stop the suck and make real change.
So, prepare for the worst. And when the worst happens, ask for help. If you try to go it alone, you’ll make things worse and worse.
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
You need help, but the help is there. You just have to ask for it.
Although the Pentacles cards are usually very practical and down-to-earth, the messages of this card are quite spiritual. Do you trust the Universe to provide what you need? Are you trying to control this situation? What would happen if you just let go?
This situation is not something you can learn, do, or change on your own. Ask for help.