Are the details of life dragging you down? Are finances and possessions overtaking your consciousness? Is there a new person in your life who flaunts his or her wealth but is incapable of sharing any of it? All of this dull weight of the material world will be revealed when one of the heaviest Tarot cards in the deck is overturned in your reading: The Knight of Pentacles.

Under a golden sky, a man in armor sits upon his steady black mare. In his right hand he holds a Pentacle. The landscape is placid and the casual ornamentation of the Knight’s saddle hangs straight down.

The frills on his Horse’s saddle and headdress tell us a story. Their pristine condition assures us that neither a difficult nor an exciting adventure has accompanied this Knight’s travels. Nothing is out of place; little is interesting beyond the material security that comes with the suit of Pentacles. Once your material needs are met, though, will the Knight be able to defend you from your boredom?

Court Card Combinations

The Tarot deck has four suits (Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands). Each suit has a King, a Queen, a Knight and a Page. Each suit represents a deep archetype that rules over the lives of human beings. They rule us because these archetypes are at the core of what motivate us in our everyday endeavors. Swords are ideas, Cups are emotions, Wands are creativity and Pentacles represent materialism. The court cards represent personalities that we encounter in our lives who thoroughly embody one of the suits. Pages represent a youthful energy of the suit; Knights a guardian and delivery of a suit; a Queen is the suit at its humanitarian best; a King is the embodiment of using a particular archetype to lead and rule.

When two court cards appear in a reading, a conversation begins. It is a discussion of how an archetype works with, or clashes against, another. This discussion often represents two people in your life and their influence on you, but the court card combination can easily represent you and another person.

The Knight of Pentacles combines well with most court cards. He is likely a stable person in your life and balances someone like the Queen of Swords who is passionate about ideas; he heals you when you are troubled by emotions like the Page of Cups or he supports you to balance your interest in the Knight of Wands who is quite creative and artistic but may always be broke. When such court card combinations appear in your reading, the Tarot is giving you a powerful analytic tool to see where you stand developmentally between these two points.

Meaning in Past, Present and Future Positions

A Tarot reading is divided into three sections: your past, your present and your future. Where a card lands tells a story of a distinct chapter in your life.

When the Knight of Pentacles is in the past position in your reading, you probably have roots in a nice, safe upbringing that is indistinct; if there was any drama, most if it is probably in the narrative you have attached to your upbringing rather than in the reality of your roots. People raised in suburbia in families with aspirations of material success see this card in the past position quite often. If the Knight of Pentacles in this position is emphasizing the recent past instead of your deeper development, you are probably coming into a restless period after having had months or years of stability.

In the present position, the Knight of Pentacles signals that you may be bored amidst all of your contentment. There is a tendency to not appreciate the things that keep us comfortable. The Knight is on a black horse, showing that we lose sight of appreciating a person who is providing for us. Is a generous man taking care of you while you flirt with or fantasize about other possible lovers? The combination of boredom and material comfort that the Knight of Pentacles provides is a recipe for a restless mind and spirit to find trouble.

The best place in your reading for the Knight of Pentacles is in the future position. This is the manifestation of the phrase “… and she lived happily ever after.” Look for a well-to-do person to assist in ridding your life of the uncertainty that current financial instability has caused. The Knight of Pentacles is truly your “knight in shining armor” when he is in your Tarot reading’s future position.

Card Combinations

Look for individual cards to have meaning added in your reading as they interact with the other cards that are dealt. Your Tarot reading is a group of cards, not an individual litany of static meanings.

When the Knight of Pentacles is present with some of the more negative cards from this suit, the bad energy is minimized. This is especially true for the Two of Pentacles card, where your indecision will be assisted by the presence of a benefactor and the Five of Pentacles, where your troubles with money will manifest more as neuroses rather than an actual harmful situation.

When paired with The High Priestess card, look for your financial situation to become dependent on a mysterious person who behaves unpredictably. The Judgment card brings forth a more permanent stability, but at the cost of some freedom of expression. While the presence of The Moon card exacerbates your boredom, The Sun card will see you finding your true calling during this peaceful time of your life.

The Knight of Pentacles will be there when you need him if The Tower card is present in your Tarot reading. A calamity will be averted when someone shows up to purchase something you need to sell in order to pay the bills. The Hermit pairing up with the Knight of Pentacles indicates that you will find the money to pay for an extended educational opportunity. Justice is a card that pairs well with the Knight of Pentacles if you are litigating or seeking an insurance settlement. Look for the financial side of things to improve greatly in your favor.

The card that works best with the Knight of Pentacles is The Fool. You may have access to the financial support of someone, but in showing that the material plane is of less importance to you, this combination allows you to control your dependence on this generous person instead of becoming a servant to Knight’s wealth.

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