The Three of Pentacles card is about teamwork, collaboration, and building things with others. This card is a positive sign you will become successful, but you can’t do it alone. Partner with other people in your field and those outside your normal group to rise to the top.
This card often shows that you’ve achieved a significant milestone in your work. Even though you’re still far from the finish line, you’re making the most of your collaboration and have seen success. Continue moving forward with focus and be sure to make use of everyone’s talents along the way.
When you see The Three of Pentacles card reversed, it can mean you’re having a hard time working with others to get things done. Maybe your team members aren’t stepping up, or maybe you have different visions for your project.
It’s important to communicate with your partners to get on the same page and ensure you have the same goals and priorities. Make sure you’re all listening to one another and always value each other’s opinions. Even if one of you is more experienced than the rest, you need to have mutual respect to get the job done.
The reversed Three of Pentacles card can also show that you want to get things done on your own for now. Maybe you have an idea for something new, but don’t know how to – or don’t want to – share it with others quite yet.
You might function better alone for the time being, but be careful not to isolate yourself too much. Also, ask for help if you start to struggle. It’s okay to take things into your own hands, but existing in a vacuum isn’t sustainable in the long run.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Alright, now let’s talk about how to read your reversed Three of Pentacles card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you’re looking for an obstacle standing in front of the card’s upright meaning.
So for The Three of Pentacles, this means something is blocking your ability to collaborate successfully with others. Maybe someone is making it difficult to work together in harmony.
Say you pull the reversed Three of Pentacles card thinking about a Facebook group you run with friends. You have a community that offers support and advice to creative women and helps to lift each other up.
Three of you work together as admins, so you all have shared responsibility and jointly decide what to post. But lately, one of your friends has been taking over. She’s posting memes that don’t line up with your shared vision, and she’s starting threads that are getting heated.
You’re concerned this isn’t what the group is about, and you’re not sure how to get it back on track. Here, the reversed Three of Pentacles card tells you to communicate openly with your fellow admins.
This is a joint effort, so feel free to talk to your friend and let her know how you feel about the changes. Maybe all of you can find a compromise and move the group forward in a new direction together. Or maybe she doesn’t realize she’s changing things and will be happy to shift back to the group’s original mission.
No matter what, it starts with talking, so reach out to your friends to discuss your concerns and get back to the mission of lifting each other up!
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
Another way to read your reversed Three of Pentacles card is using the “opposite” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards this way, you use the opposite of the card’s upright meaning.
For The Three of Pentacles, instead of collaboration, you’re trying to get things done on your own.
Say you pull the reversed Three of Pentacles card after moving into an apartment on your own for the first time.
You’ve always had roommates and relied on people to help support you in your living situation. But you’re finally making just enough money that you can afford a one-bedroom.
Your family keeps checking in on you and offering to bring over meals, buy you furniture, and pay a few of your bills for you. But you want to prove that you’re capable of supporting yourself, even if you have to go without some luxuries and learn to cook by burning a few pots of water.
Here, the reversed Three of Pentacles card tells you that you’re on the right track. A big part of growing up is feeling some discomfort when you’re stepping out on your own.
It’s great that your family is always there to support you, but there is strength in finding your own way. Lean on the people who love you when you need them, but don’t be afraid to continue on your path too. You’ll find your way and be stronger for it in the long run.
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Three of Pentacles card using the “worse” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you put the card’s upright meaning in a negative light.
For The Three of Pentacles, this means you have teamwork and collaboration, but things aren’t going well. Maybe one person is elevating themselves above the others, maybe someone’s effort is being exploited, or maybe you have a saboteur on your team.
For example, say you pull the reversed Three of Pentacles card thinking about your marriage. You’ve been with your husband for 15 years, and he’s a true partner. You’ve been through thick and thin together, and you couldn’t imagine being with anyone else.
Still, after 15 years, things are not always perfect. Lately, you’ve felt unappreciated and like he’s taking advantage of you. You do all the housework, drive the kids to soccer practice, and cook dinner every night (all while working a full-time job). Also, your husband has been spending a lot of money on his favorite hobby, golf, which is very expensive.
Here, the reversed Three of Pentacles card tells you to speak up for yourself. It’s common for couples who’ve been together a long time to fall into a slump and unequal routines. It’s not that your husband doesn’t appreciate you, it’s just that he’s so used to having you pick up his slack.
Talk to him about how you’re feeling and set some new boundaries. Stop fixing everything. Stop being the only one managing your household. Just stop. Make sure the kids are pitching in. Sit down with your husband and create a new plan together – even if that means hiring help.
Then, make sure you don’t slide back into the old routine, either. Setting new boundaries is actually the easier part. It’s maintaining them that’s going to be a challenge, so set yourself up for success and happiness by replacing the time you used to spend on household duties with things you actually want to do.
Reading this reversed card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can use the “no/not” card meaning to read your reversed Three of Pentacles card. When you read your cards this way, you put a “no” or a “not” in front of the card’s upright meaning.
For The Three of Pentacles, this can mean “no shared goals.” You’re attempting teamwork, but you’re not on the same page as your partners.
Say you pull the reversed Three of Pentacles thinking about a passion project you’re working on with some colleagues. You work in tech, and four of you are designing an app together in your free time.
It helps people find affordable medical supplies, and you think it’ll be a game-changer. But over the past couple of months, the project has started going off the rails because you all have different visions for the final product.
Here, the reversed Three of Pentacles card tells you to look at this project thoughtfully. Do you think you’ll be able to get on the same page with your colleagues, or is it doomed to fail?
You have a great idea, but if you can’t nail down the details, you won’t be able to move forward. Try involving a third-party consultant or outsider to help you clean up your vision for the app. Once you have a clear plan, things should smooth out nicely, or you can move on knowing that it’s the right decision.