Earth; Flesh; Time; Money; Reality; Situations; Relationships
ace of pentacles
The Ace of Pentacles in the infinite potential of all tangible matters, & all non-tangible things that matter. The pentacle is given from the right hand, which indicates action; this is a reminder that life isn't about what happens to you, but what you choose to do as a result.
two of pentacles
This is Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune) in Capricorn (the Devil). If we think of the Wheel of Fortune as the hands of fate & the Devil as our own stagnant relationship patterns due to an inability to forgive each other's sins, we see this card is about being confronted with relationships where we feel a subconscious need to be either victim or villian, hero or damsel, bad or good guy, etc.
If we take the picture literally, we see that the proximity of our relation "ships" are in direct proportion to our knees (needs). In other words, the people closest to us are the ones who we need the most, & make us feel the most needed. Unfortunately, these relationships impair our own ability to stand firmly on our own two feet. We become co-dependent on the relationship for balance.
Real life application: Your parents divorced just after you were born. You grew up watching your mom struggle financially, versus seeing your mom struggle alone financially. Subconsciously you decide you'll never let a man control you, even if you have to be broke. You meet a man with deepset abandonment issues; he hates to be away from you to the extent that it becomes difficult for him to keep a job; which you don't mind at first, because if you have all the money, you can control him instead of vice versa. But soon you get tired of paying for everything. You want to leave him. His abandonment wounds are triggered & in a fit of passion, he gets you on pregnant on purpose so you won't leave. In the end, you are just as controlled & manipulated as your stepmother & just as broke as your mother.
three of pentacles
This is Mars (the Tower) in Capricorn (the Devil). Again, Mars is raw power & the Devil is stagnant relationships. Therefore we understand this card is about people who think they can will shit that don't work, to woorrrrk. A tweak here, a compromise there, should fine. Except anything stagnant is dead, period. You cannot negotiate life from death. Life requires growth, not obedience. This card is about commanding a dead thing to live. But no matter how many times we set our requirements "in stone," the plan is bound to fail because it is built from self interest rather than spiritual understanding.
Real life application: A couple has been together a long time amassing wealth, respect & notoriety. As the years progress, they both stray but keep a united front because as a unit, they have too much to lose by separating, They go to therapy & come up with new relationship "rules," that protects both their interests. Except someone always breaks the rules. Although they are still admired from the outside, there is no trust or respect between them, After awhile, they can only stand to be in each other's presence when its necessary to front for other people.
four of pentacles
This is the Sun in Capricorn (the Devil). If we think of the Sun as clarity & Capricorn as the debts we refuse to forgive our debtors, then we see the four of pentacles is someone refusing to let go of a grudge. Both the people in the relationship, & thus the relationship as a whole is unable to grow up & evolve organically. Instead this person stunts their own growth by being controlling & planning ways to make the other person pay. The presence of the Sun indicates clarity; this person knows exactly what they are doing. Since the relationship failed to make one or both parties happy, they will settle for making each other miserable.
Real life application: A man cheats in his wife. Instead of telling her, he asks for an open relationship. He figures if they both have an outlet to be with other people it will ease his guilt. After some soul searching, research & several conversations, she agrees. A few months into it, the wife falls in love with a new man. The husband doesn't meet anyone interesting & things fizzled out with his original mistress. Suddenly he is the odd man out. He begins to resent his wife's happiness. He knows their relationship has been changed forever. In a fit of jealousy, he tells her to either dump the dude or get divorced. She breaks up with her new bf but her heart is broken. The husband doesn't care; he's glad to be center of attention again.
five of pentacles
This is Mercury (the Magician) in Taurus (the Hierophant). If we think of the Magician as a person's ability to shapeshift reality through deed, word, emotion or situation- & the Hierophant represents personal law & integrity- then the five of pentacles is someone altering their personal law, or abandoning their own principles. This is usually inspired by someone who appears to be helpless, & the person violating their principles believes they would be "wrong" not to, if it means helping someone in need.
Real life application: A woman breaks up with her boyfriend after a year because she has observed he has a poor work ethic & can't keep a steady job. She promised herself she would never let a man take advantage of her financially. In response, he works to get her back. He tells her he has seen the light & promises to try harder. He also tells her its hard for him to focus on looking for work because he misses her so much. Its distracting. If only they could reunite, they could be a team the way God wants. She agrees to try again. He asks if he can use her new computer to look for a job while she's at work. Soon he's at her house all day & her electric bill is higher, but months pass & he has no job. But every day he thanks her for believing in him & supporting him; she feels guilty for admitting her frustration & doubts herself for doubting him. And on top of that, she is taking care of a man financially.
six of pentacles
This is the Moon (High Priestess) in Taurus (the Hierophant). This represents cycles of following your moral code, because that is what's "right," even though your moral code has been altered by the Magician. You are bound by your own rules to continue a cycle of giving that counters your own best interest, that is directly opposed to what you secretly desire & privately deserve. You give endlessly to a dynamic you created just because you created it. Your intuition begs you to stop but you continue sewing the seeds of your own destruction.
Real life application: A man marries his pregnant girlfriend, only to discover when the child turns 1 that he is not the father. The child was unknowingly conceived during a short break up before the couple's reconciliation. The couple is devastated; they go to counseling to recover. Eventually they decide to try for another baby, to heal what has been broken. However, secretly the husband is deeply hurt & cannot forgive or trust his wife. His heart just isn't in it anymore. He knows having another baby with her isn't the right decision.
seven of pentacles
This is Saturn (the World) in Taurus (the Hierophant). If we see Saturn as security, structure, authority & responsibility & the Hierophant as morality & personal law, then we understand this card is about recognizing that you invested in an external structure that now has authority over your inner laws, i.e. giving your power away. This person leans on a hoe, demonstrating the fact that they have already spent time & effort trying to grow this thing, yet all he has to show for it is the one pentacle beneath his feet, presumably the pentacle he started with. After all that he has invested, he can only walk away with what he came with: himself.
Real life application: A poet with significant talent gets a job teaching high school. She thinks this is perfect because she'll have summers off to write. Except during the school year, she spends all extra money on supplies for her students because the school is severely underfunded. She winds up teaching summer school for extra cash instead of writing & pouring all her energy into her students. After 20 years the school is shut down unexpectedly. She & all her colleagues are looking for work but the market is saturated & jobs are scarce. After so much time, money & sacrifice, she's back where she started with nothing to show for it.
eight of pentacles
This is the Sun in Virgo (the Hermit). If we see the Sun as clarity & the Hermit as a unified self ready to shine his internal wisdom as a light to guide others, then we see this is a person who has tamed their anger into strength, learned to harness & guide their emotions, has matured through a series of life experiences & is ready to serve. Even if all this person walked away with in the seven of pentacles was themselves, they have realized they are more than enough.
Real Life Application: A young man worked as a chef's apprentice for many years, learning from a master & perfecting the art of cooking. After many years, he asks for a specialty item he has created to be added to the menu. The chef refuses; he is old & set in his ways. The man quits, unable to work in his teacher's shadow any longer. He opens up a small food stand selling the one speciality item he asked to have placed on the menu. His stand is an instant success, & people come from far and away to sample his specialty; soon he earns enough to open his own restaurant.
nine of pentacles
This is Venus (the Empress) in Virgo (the Hermit). If we know the Empress is our ability to grow our reality based on where we focus our attention, & the Hermit represents a sense of self-purpose, then we see the nine of pentacles is someone who has invested their time, money & efforts in endeavors that bring them the highest personal benefit. It may seem as though this person is self centered (and they are!), but it is this self-focus that produces self-sustaining fruit.
Real life application: A young woman gets a job right after college & instead of getting a new apartment (which she can certainly afford), she chooses to move into her parent's basement. Her friends mock her choices- she could have her own space, privacy, luxury - but the young woman is undeterred. After five years, she's saved $50,000. Just as her friends are taking on second jobs to pay back maxed out credit cards, or searching for home loans, the young woman is planning a year long international backpacking trip to plan her next phase of life. She can't decide if she wants to open a store-front business, sell products online or flip houses, but she has enough time to figure it out.
ten of pentacles
This is Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune) in Virgo (the Hermit). If we think of the Wheel of Fortune as the hands of fate turning us toward destiny, & the Hermit as a fully idealized individual ready to serve, then we see the ten of pentacles is the moment where luck + preparation = an unique, personalized opportunity for a hard-working individual that provides blessings to all.
Real life application: A young immigrant makes specialty cloth only available in his homeland & sells his wares in & around the business district. For many years this gives him & his family a meager living, but he doesn't give up. Making the cloth makes him feel closer to home, & it is a healing experience no matter how much money he makes. His work is unique, excellent & he is proud of it. Over the years he develops a niche clientele. One of the people who buy his cloth becomes a fashion designer who styles music videos. Due to a well placed outfit in the video of a popular song, the humble cloth vendor becomes a trendsetter overnight. Soon he has more orders than he can handle; with the money he makes he is able to hire many people from his village to make the cloth & ship it to him. His wealth improves life drastically for his people, locally & internationally.