The King of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
The King of Pentacles Tarot Table of Contents
- Key Symbolic Meanings
- The King of Pentacles Upright
- The King of Pentacles Reversed
- Metaphysical Correspondences
- Numerology Symbolism of The King of Pentacles
- Back to the Suit of Pentacles
- Back to the Minor Arcana
- Back to all Tarot Card Meanings
The King of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
The King of Pentacles tarot card represents the pinnacle of material success, but also deep introspection and transformation.
The King’s universe is in perfect order.
The castle in the background and the grey stone wall in the King of Pentacles tarot card, from which the King can overview the deep valley behind him, show that the outside world cannot touch him. As does his suit of armor.
He is unassailable.
The King of Pentacles’ crown and scepter are signs of power and authority. He does not need to resort to violence and oppression.
The roses and lilies on the crown symbolize a perfect balance between sensual and spiritual love. The laurel wreath around it represents peace and victory.
As you can tell from the solar disk on the scepter, the King of Pentacles is respected and loved. The sun brings life, warmth, and wealth. The pentacle on his lap is another symbol of wealth.
So why isn’t he smiling?
In fact, the King of Pentacles’ expression is hard to read. You can tell he’s deep in thought.
Because the King of Pentacles tarot card combines the royal energies of Leo with Virgo’s meticulous attention to detail, it could well be that his thoughts are directed at managing his realm down to the smallest detail.
Fire is movement and transformation, while earth tries to resist change with all its power. But as the saying goes, the only constant in this world is change.
And that is an important spiritual paradox.
The King of Pentacles’ thoughts may well be turned to mystical matters.
His throne is made from black stone. Four bull heads are carved into it. The color of the King’s throne symbolizes constancy, but it also has an ominous quality.
The bull heads in the King of Pentacles tarot card represent power and strength, but also sacrifice.
The grapes on his robe signify transformation. When they are fermented for winemaking, their physical bodies are destroyed and transformed into alcohol – or “spirits.”
The King knows that nothing lasts forever and that everything has its price. He also knows that the best time to think about his legacy is when he is at the height of his power.
Upright King of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
Your success and authority suit you quite nicely.
It’s no wonder that others look to you for guidance and leadership. Under your care, people are prospering, and they have every reason to feel safe. You’re a great parent, a wise counselor, and a fair boss.
You have a smart head for business and a keen eye for detail. Add to that a deep understanding of how all the pieces fit together – no matter how complex the puzzle may be.
While your mind is focused on the big picture, you’re not above running the cash register when the store is busy or turning a visitor who’s “just browsing” into a satisfied customer when business is slow. While your employees love your willingness to work with them, they know better than to mistake you for just one of the troops.
And you’re digging it, too.
Have you considered running for office?
As a leader, the King of Pentacles is popular because in his vision of economic growth, everyone is better off financially. While he prefers peace to war, he is not afraid to put his foot down if someone threatens the safety of those in his care.
He’s not much of a reformer, though. His philosophy is based on equity, rather than equality. He believes in an honest dollar for an honest job, but he doesn’t think being rich is a crime. In his perfect world, there will always be bosses and worker bees, and there will always winners and losers.
Career wise, the King of Pentacles tarot card suggests that you have accomplished everything you can in your current position.
It is time to think about your next step, no matter how comfortable you feel where you are right now. Your prospects for advancement look good, and once everything is in place, you should start choosing your successor.
King of Pentacles Reversed Tarot Card Meanings
When reversed, the King of Pentacles tarot card challenges you to adopt a more flexible attitude.
Deep down, you have always known that nothing lasts forever.
This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But you must to the changes that are about to manifest. These changes have been in the works for a very long time. They are part of natural, cosmic cycles.
You cannot stop them.
In a family setting, these changes include smaller and bigger heartaches. For example, that sinking feeling in your gut the first time you drop off your little one at preschool and she’s begging you not to leave her there. Or the day she turns eighteen and you suddenly realize you’re a zillion years old. They can also spell significant financial setbacks, like paying for children’s college education or wedding reception.
These shocks are part of life, and you need to weather them with your customary dignity and grace.
If the King of Pentacles tarot card applies to a relationship, it is a reminder that your partner comes first, your friends second.
Yes, you’re entitled to a life outside your relationship – but only to an extent. There are limits to what you can or cannot do anymore. Otherwise you’ll damage it beyond repair.
Things have changed. You need to be a grownup.
Your work may require you to adapt to new ways of doing things. Perhaps your commission scale is being restructured, or your sales target has been upped. Maybe you are even being transferred to another department.
In your spiritual progress, the realization that nothing is permanent may have made you aware of your own mortality. The good news is that coming to terms with it will enrich your life immensely.
The King of Pentacles Tarot Card Metaphysical Correspondences:
The King of Pentacles Card & Tarot Numerology
The kings of the tarot are associated with the number 2. Kabbalistically, this number symbolizes the masculine aspect of deity, the “Supernal Father.”
In traditional Numerology, 2 corresponds to the intuitive influences of the moon. In this card, these energies combine to express material security as well as an intuitive awareness that true wealth is spiritual.
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