Minor Arcana – Pentacles

The pop star Madonna said we’re living in a material world. I don’t necessarily agree with this conveyance, but I do know the Tarot pentacles are a glimpse into the world of material & physical matters.

All of the four categories of the Tarot are equally important. However, the pentacles tend to grab our attention because these represent what has become manifest in the physical world

Many Tarot scholars place the pentacles as the last suit in the ordering of the Tarot deck because they are the result of the elements brought about by executing elements of the other suits.

In other words, emotion (cups), thought (swords), and spirit/creativity (wands) brings about a culmination of events that manifest themselves in our physical (pentacle) reality.

Not all of us may be living in Madonna’s material world, but we can agree that all of us are most certainly subjects and objects of the physical plane.

The scope of the Tarot pentacles spans across everything physical you can conceptualize. Here are the physical issues of the pentacles:

  • Health
  • Money
  • Homestead

But we know that everything about the Tarot is multi-dimensional, so we know there are much deeper meanings to the Tarot pentacles than just materialism.

I would encourage you to spread out the suit of pentacles before you in order. Observe these 14 cards in earnest. They will begin to tell you a story of balance and goodness that is wrought by our own actions.

The pentacles serve as a tap root of the Tarot deck. Your observations of this suit will take you to the richest reaches of the earth where immeasurable gifts are found.

While gazing at your suit of pentacles, contemplate the deeper meanings this facet of the Tarot has to offer you, such as:

  • Faith
  • Charity
  • Bounty
  • Equality
  • Generosity
  • Reciprocity
  • Appreciation
  • Dedication
  • Groundedness
  • Responsibility
  • Determination

Pretty heavy-hitting concepts, aren’t they? Did these concepts occur to you while gazing at the Tarot pentacles? What other deeper meanings come to your awareness? Write these down, keep a little journal about your thoughts, feelings and experiences with the pentacles. The more you get to know the overall feeling of this suit, the better your interpretations will be.

The Tarot is an intensely personal mode of communication. Volumes have been written to help us interpret and clarify various meanings pertaining to it. However, ultimately you are the only interpreter who matters. Therefore, associations and meanings are your prerogative.

There are many examples to draw upon when relating these deeper meanings to the pentacles. The prime example here is nature itself. All of these elements can be found in nature, and this is the backbone of the pentacles message.

Nature is a vast web of generosity, bounty, and balance. Look around at the simplest wonders in our physical world: A tree, flower, a blade of grass. Their very existence is the purest expression of generosity.

Nature is a cornucopia filled with gifts of grace. To use the ‘reap as we sow’ analogy, we as humans have the ability to enhance these gifts by properly sowing our seeds in fertile soils and tending to them diligently.

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