Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Earth, grounding, steady and stable. Material concerns.
Keywords and Phrases:
financial hardship or loss, material problem, tough times.
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
The Five of Pentacles is a card of lack, it can represent financial difficulties, possible hardship or loss with material matters but, as fives are the pivotal point and unstable element that can tip either way, it’s often temporary circumstances.
The Five of Pentacles can bring unexpected bills or expenses at the least opportune time, like the exhaust falling off your car when you need it for work, the boiler giving up the ghost in the middle of winter, and so on, it creates extra expenditure and leaves a hole in your pocket because it’s something that can’t wait and must be dealt with.
All forms of financial affairs are highlighted, the cheque you were relying upon that doesn’t arrive, paid work that dries up or hits a quiet period, your account in the red, being turned down for a loan or financial assistance, or on a lesser level being short-changed. The Five of Pentacles warns of temporary hardship when money will be thin on the ground.
In most cases it acts as a warning, so if it appears in a future position try to squirrel some funds away ready for a rainy day, or take action to avert a situation that can lead to loss. Unless followed by particularly negative cards, such as The Tower, it isn’t usually catastrophic, just inconvenient or not what we would wish for.
In relationship readings the Five of Pentacles can point to finances creating problems in the partnership. On a personal basis it can suggest a sense of desolation, a feeling that loss has been experienced on every level, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, including loss of hope.
The beggars in the image focus upon their fate, yet they stand beneath the pentacles in the stained glass window of the church that could provide shelter, so there can be a warning not to miss an opportunity that may help you,
If reversed, it may bring a reversal of fortunes, a narrow escape, slowly regaining position, or emerging from a loss.
Similar or supporting cards: Five of Cups (sense of loss) The Four of Cups also contains the warning of not missing a valid opportunity.
Opposing or contradictory cards: Nine of Pentacles (financial comfort), Ten of Pentacles (stability), The Star (hope and inspiration), The Sun (abundant blessings).
Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Combinations:
With all the fives pay particular attention to the card that immediately follows, as this will show how the matter will progress and if it is temporary. The card preceding the five often shows where the problem stems from.
Multiple Fives in a reading indicate instability.
Six of Pentacles > Five of Pentacles: money in, money out.
> Ten of Wands: financial burdens, money worries increasing, overwhelmed by debts.
> Ace of Swords: overcoming a financial problem.
> Seven of Swords > Two of Pentacles: a difficult financial situation that needs to be handled carefully but by doing so results in maintaining harmonious balance.
> Eight of Swords: finance or debt problem, an unexpected bill could leave you in a fix.
> Nine of Swords: money worries.
Eight of Pentacles > Five of Pentacles: taking a new job but with a drop in salary, may be for less money initially or less than you hoped for.
Nine of Pentacles > Ten of Swords > Five of Pentacles: loss of financial position, could be substantial, take preventative measures, financial misfortunes.
Justice > Ace of Pentacles > Five of Pentacles: liquidation, filing for bankruptcy, or losing a legal case that may prove costly.
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