The King of Pentacles Tarot Card


Have things stabilized recently? Are you enjoying the first stages of a new commitment that seems to be working out? Are others looking to you as a source of support and encouragement? Have you gotten through a series of tests, exams or obstacles recently and are more established than ever before? When you reach a plateau in life that confirms a feeling of competence and security in your outlook, expect the King of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading. This is the card that is the calm leader, the savvy businessperson, the adept engineer and the steady friend. When it is in your Tarot reading, you mean all those things to the people in your life and have met your stated goals.

Under a golden sky sits a crowned King. His throne is adorned with a motif of a bull’s head. He holds a royal scepter in his right hand and displays a golden pentacle on his lap, held in place with his left hand. He looks forward in a state of meditative bliss. In the distance is a castle and around him is lush, overgrown greenery. Grape vines with fruit and leaves abound everywhere. His robes are adorned with a pattern of grapes. His feet are visible from under his robe, still protected in his suit of armor.

The suit of Pentacles represents materialism and wealth. This is a king who has created prosperity – it grows out of the ground. The bull has a kinship to the zodiac sign of Taurus, the astrological sign of wealth. The King’s contentment indicates that his material needs are all being met. His crown and scepter confirm that he is in charge and the fact that he is still wearing a suit of armor tells us he would do battle to defend his kingdom.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions

Every Tarot reading is divided into three sections: Your past, your present and your future. A card may have a different impact or meaning in the future position than in the past or present; each card is unique and will see its meaning change depending on where it lands in your reading.

In the past position, the King of Pentacles underscores a childhood spent in a secure state of ego development, education and positive affirmation. If the past position represents a more recent time period, you can understand that stability and calm confidence were the norm. You can be assured that your present situation has at its foundation a secure grounding in both strong character and material security.

When this card is in the present position you are bound to be feeling better about things. Perhaps you have pursued a Tarot reading because of this new sensation of calm. Peace and serenity are on their way if they are not already core components of your current existence. The King of Pentacles in this position offers you a unique opportunity to take stock of where you have been and what you want to do with your life.

The King of Pentacles in the future position is a strong card. This indicates that any current struggles will wind up benefitting you. In this position, the King may not necessarily represent you. The Tarot’s court cards (Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages) may represent another person in your life depending on where they land in your reading. In the future position, the King of Pentacles may represent a person who will step in to take care of a situation with which you need assistance. This “King” could be a financial investor in a project of yours. The card represents a person of means coming into your life or symbolizes you attaining the status and wisdom represented by this card; either way, the future position is a great place to see the King of Pentacles in your Tarot reading.

Card Combinations

Your Tarot reading is not an isolated series of cards from the deck. A reading combines the energies of each card. This combination changes the meaning of each one in a subtle manner. No card is completely free of the influence of the other cards in the deck, and yet no card is bound to change completely based on the energy of the accompanying cards.

When the King of Pentacles is in a reading with The Emperor card, your mastery over events has an authoritarian edge – perhaps you reached your equilibrium and security with a struggle that requires you to maintain a tough exterior. It combines better with The Empress, where a pronounced material success is pulsating toward you under the tasteful talents of the Empress herself.

When combined with The Hermit, the King of Pentacles makes you comfortable with your own being and better able to entertain yourself. Any need that you had to settle for bad company instead of no company will be a thing of the past. When The Fool card combines with the King of Pentacles, the reading indicates that your cavalier attitude actually protects you from emotional stress and damage.

Since the King of Pentacles rules this suit, other cards from the suit will be beholden to the secure feelings engendered by the king. This softens the harsh edges of the Five of Pentacles and makes it a card of self-reliance and pride rather than a more chronic down-and-out condition. Combined with the Nine of Pentacles, your materialism will come with an appreciation for the finer things that you can enjoy sharing with others, lessening the indebtedness this card often signals.

When cards of chaos such as Death, The Devil and The Tower appear in a reading with the King of Pentacles, it still means that trials and tribulations are on their way, but the King gives you a special protection from any true damage that ensues. You will still be asked to go through the gauntlet that wrenching changes bring, but you will not be so much worse for wear when it is all done.

When the King of Pentacles is in a reading with the Queen of Pentacles, a great soulmate match is at hand in your life. Look around for the simple steps that need to be taken to reel in the catch of a lifetime; a passion partner and best friend is there for you after such a long and fruitless search. Partnership harmony has truly arrived

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