Five of Pentacles Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Pentacles

The Tarot Suit of Pentacles is associated with the suit of Diamonds in standard playing cards.

The suit of pentacles is also known by other names, such as coins, discs or disks in some tarot decks.

The suit of pentacles is associated with the element of earth and material concerns. It is also associated with the season of winter, and with the direction North. As far as personal attributes are concerned, the pentacles refer to physical talents and mastery.

The pentagram (five-pointed star) is used to illustrate the pentacles in many of the most popular tarot decks. This is a Pythagorean symbol of health and knowledge. It can have negative connotations if inverted.

The 'Fives' in the tarot deck typically depict images of loss, sorrow, and misfortune. They stand in stark contrast to the secure structure conveyed by the Fours. One way to think of this is to imagine the fours as the body complete with its four limbs, while the Fives also include the head together with awareness, concerns, hurt, and uncertainties. These take different forms for each of the four suits.

In the case of the 5 of Pentacles many decks depict sad, negative images of difficulties. For example, both the Rider-Waite and Robin Wood tarot decks illustrate crippled beggars outside in extreme winter weather, depicting both poverty and ill-health.

The 5 of Pentacles tarot card may appear to advise the querent to recognize the deepest anxieties in a situation rather than becoming too distracted by the superficial ones. It may also, or alternatively, appear to advise the querent to take better care of himself or herself or of the situation in question.


Keywords and phrases for some of the many possible meanings of the 5 of Pentacles Tarot Card include:

  • Destitution
  • Loss
  • Fear of illness
  • Fear of poverty
  • Feeling 'out in the cold' e.g. left out of something you would like to participate in, be that finances, career opportunity or a specific social or family group
  • Spiritual impoverishment
  • Worry

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What about the Five of Pentacles Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 5 of Pentacles reversed include:

  • Fear subsides
  • Improvement in health, wealth and state of mind
  • Financial and / or material hardship is coming to an end

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