Pentacles deal with the physical domain of earth, and how we as spiritual beings navigate the material world. This has customarily focused on money and resources, but this suit has so much more breadth than being limited to materialism. The realm of earth includes our physical bodies and health, but is a grounding force, rooted and slow. It is practical in the ways that we manifest and pursue our soul’s work and spiritual ideals in the physical world. We can see hints of this in the church imagery that Pamela Coleman-Smith included in her pips (3 of Pentacles, 5 of Pentacles).
Historically, the four suits were associated with the four classes of society, and Pentacles or diamonds represented the merchant class. In modern classist or Marxist tarot, this translates to the bourgeoisie – industry leaders, real estate, and other financial and physical structures of society.
If we consider the four humours of the body and temperament as in Galen’s time, Earth correlated with black bile and therefore melancholic — thoughtful and considerate (but may struggle with perfectionism and be easily depressed). As Jung’s cognitive functions go, the suit of Pentacles corresponds to Sensation, which is how we observe the physical world and manipulate it.
Ace of Pentacles:
take the first tangible step in manifesting your idea
Two of Pentacles
balance priorities which promote your soul’s growth
Three of Pentacles
collaborate in shared goals
Four of Pentacles
protect your self or resources
Five of Pentacles
ask for assistance
Six of Pentacles
share the wealth that you’ve received
Seven of Pentacles
allow the fruits to ripen at their own pace
Eight of Pentacles
show up to do the work
Nine of Pentacles
ground in the environment you’ve created for yourself
Ten of Pentacles
create your legacy
Page of Pentacles
explore your soul’s work with a hands-on approach
Knight of Pentacles
plot your course carefully for a slow and steady pace
Queen of Pentacles
tend to your physical well-being
King of Pentacles
offer your mastery to others
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