Three of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
Earth, grounding, steady and stable. Material concerns.
Keywords and Phrases:
Master craftsman, work you’re good and enjoy and are recognised as such, industry.
Three of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
The man in the image appears to be a skilled craftsman; surrounded by the tools of his trade he inspects his handiwork with an expression of pride and satisfaction.
When the Three of Pentacles appears in a reading it usually shows work that you’re good at and enjoy and others recognise your ability within this. Unlike the apprentice learning their skill in the Eight of Pentacles, the Three shows a master craftsman who has served his time and perfected his art. It’s normally work that you’re already skilled at doing, so it doesn’t normally represent new work but something you’re already accomplished in, a familiar field, or have previous experience to a good degree.
The Three of Pentacles is always a card of work for me, so if relationship cards appear alongside it suggests there is always a link between the two in some way, rather than a love of work (examples shown below).
If reversed, poor workmanship, frustrated efforts at work, not being recognised for talents, dissatisfied with position or accomplishments.
Similar or supporting cards: The Magician (mastery and skill)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Eight of Pentacles (apprentice)
Three of Pentacles Tarot Card Combinations:
As the card of skilled work there are many possibilities that can apply to this card.
Ace of Wands > Three of Pentacles: new work or job but in an area you’re already experienced in, or known to be good at.
> Six of Wands: receiving an award at work or for your work, if The Emperor follows may show a promotion to senior position.
> Ten of Wands: overworking, pressure through work. Similarly…
Ten of Wands > Three of Pentacles > The Devil: may indicate a workaholic.
> Six of Cups: going back to work for a past employer or work from your past, Judgement would also show resurrection but can be the revival of a previous profession.
> Three of Swords: quarrels and upsets at work.
> Five of Swords: professional jealousy, watch your back!
Eight of Swords > Three of Pentacles: feeling restricted within your role at work, (if order reversed Three of Pentacles > Eight of Swords: work that you’re good at but may feel like a dead end job).
The Magician > Three of Pentacles: Mastery at work through concentrated effort and utilising skills, an artisan.
> The Fool: applying what you know in new and innovative ways in unknown territory.
> The Lovers: potential of a love interest that comes through work. Also…
> Ace of Cups, if single this can represent a new relationship found through the workplace, or in some way connected. If the order is reversed…
The Lovers or Two of Cups > Three of Pentacles: can indicate that comes to you through connections of your partner. Also…
Two of Cups > Two of Wands > Three of Pentacles: partnership in love and work.
Two of Pentacles > Three of Pentacles: may be more than one job, multi-tasking at work.
Ten of Pentacles > Three of Pentacles: family business, working from home, sometimes property business or trades.
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