King of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

King of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

What does the King of Pentacles card mean in a Tarot Reading?

Finally, the most powerful figure card of the earthly Tarot suit is the King of Pentacles. This Arcana symbolizes both growth, development, stability of financial well-being. The card indicates a luxurious, harmonious life, good prospects in all areas of life.
Tarot card of the Minor Arcana King of Pentacles means financial security, personal happiness and spiritual attunement.

Goal: Implementation of all plans.
Element: Earth
Planet: Mercury, Saturn
Astrological sign: Capricorn, Taurus

Depiction

The King of Pentacles sits on his throne in the midst of all the signs of wealth, strength and power. In his right hand he holds a scepter, and in his left hand a pentacle. His throne is adorned with the heads of bulls, and his clothes are decorated with clusters of grapes and grape leaves. The turrets of his castle are visible behind him.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the King of Pentacles Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Steady progress. Ambition. Insight. Practicality. Business ability. Wealth. Patience. Power. Life stability. Reliability. Devotion. Satisfaction. Organizational skills. Friendliness. Position. Discipline. Control. Thoroughness. Pleasure. Softness. Kindness.

King of Pentacles Tarot Card

Calmness. Love for nature. Financial ability. Industry leadership. Mathematical discernment. Common sense. Generosity. Perseverance. Strong leadership position. Hard work. Deserved success. Skillful leadership. Rational use of land. Increasing income. Professional success. A smart investment. Sale and purchase of real estate. Property. Persistent effort leads to high achievements. Promotion through the career ladder. Bank deposits. Protection. Money negotiations.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

denotes an intelligent, peaceful person;
denotes a person that is fulfilled in life and brave in difficult situations;
practicality, persistence;
good business conduct, but at the expense of less attention to personal relationships;
good flair, instinct;
patience;
joy of life, love of entertainment;
lust;
bargaining;
imposing idleness;
ability and love to work in a team;
a sense of reality (leaving the world of illusion);
constancy, strong friendship, loyalty, warmth;
striving for a long-term union;
jealousy (if there is no sense of security);
devoted father;
“Money is above all”;

King of Pentacles. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

dark-haired man;
big win, inheritance;
teacher, professor;
leader, trustworthy person, materialist and conservative;
security;
courage, sanity, business acumen;
ability to learn science;
a person with money and position in society, practical and conservative;
patron, advisor;
good financial prospects;
willpower, determination.

Situation and Advice

The King of Pentacles indicates your involvement in business and the streamlining of the financial aspects of life. At this time the stability is in the first place for you, both in the future and in the present. You may have a promotion or a pay increase. You can do well in hands-on endeavors. Real estate transactions will be successful.

King of Pentacles. Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore
Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore

Your patience, honesty, kindness, and loyalty will be rewarded. You can get good financial advice. Practical action and conscientious behavior will lead you to success.

Persons designated by Upright King of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Conscientious worker. A person who can give sound advice on a financial issue. Production leader. Financiers. Engineers. Mathematicians. Property owners. People who are involved in the development of the real estate market. Businessmen. Those who work with the land. Loyal fathers who understand their children. Methodical, responsible, balanced, reliable, silent and conservative man. A good leader. A married man with a stable financial position. Bankers. Investors. Stock brokers. Merchants. Men who are good at managing money. A person with the ability to do mathematics. Ambitious men who work hard and long to achieve their goals. Patriarch. Patron of the arts. A generous wealthy person. Those who deal with finance. Suppliers. Defenders. Honest and loyal friends. People for whom “money is above all else”. Usually a dark-haired man.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Materialism. Stupidity. The tendency to give too much importance to money. Meanness. Fanaticism. Superstition. Insensitivity. Greed. Fraud. Dishonesty. Pettiness. Disloyalty. Tactlessness. Heavy hand. Coarseness. Pornography. Obstinacy. Stubbornness. Authoritarianism. Failure to lead. Excessive preoccupation with finances. The confidence that career and money come first. Dilettantism. Obsession with work. Striving to comply with social principles. Paranoia. Disorganization. Money cannot buy love. The goal justifies the means. Everything can be bought.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

pragmatism, prudence;
self-confidence, commercialism;
dishonest act;
anger;
ugliness;
vice, lack, weakness, wrong organization
wrong nature;
disorder, disgrace, ugliness;
depravity;
rude, stubborn, treacherous and unprincipled person, vain and power-hungry, dishonest in business;
excessive materialism;
laziness, impracticality, desire for undivided power;
bad financial reputation, death;
an influential person with money and connections, a secret or obvious opponent of the querent;
a dangerous competitor who does not shun any methods;
money fraud, theft.

Situation and Advice

King of Pentacles. Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Perhaps you are dealing with a mean, rude, greedy, mean, fanatical, dishonest, vulgar man. There is a danger that for you the success is measured in money. The King of Pentacles in a reversed position can also warn against dishonest acts that hide greed and practicality. Refrain from harsh or vulgar comments that might offend others.

Persons designated by the Reversed King of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Instigators. Dumb dictators. Spillovers. People who can’t handle money. People who are ready for anything for the sake of money. Uninteresting, materialistic, overly self-confident, fanatical, prejudiced person. Chauvinist man. People for whom only sex is important. An impoverished person. A stingy, slow, suspicious person. A person who is condescending to his own misdeeds. A person subject to sudden outbursts of anger. A person who is too preoccupied with financial matters. People whose all-consuming materialism will force them to do anything for money, as materialism is their real idol.

In the Spreads

The meaning of the Arcana is largely clear from its portrayal. The card foreshadows everything related to the well-being of physical life: money wealth, promising work, real estate ownership, a strong reliable family, etc. The King of Pentacles is one of the best cards in the Tarot deck, indicating material well-being, stability.
The interpretation of the card depends very much on the position of the card in the spread. If the upright position is excellent forecasts, then the reversed one indicates not so bright prospects.

In an Upright Position

The upright position of the King of Pentacles card symbolizes a strong material base, excellent abilities or opportunities for any projects, the necessary personality traits for successful leadership or entrepreneurship. That is all the best that only can be in the physical world.
The King of Pentacles is a symbol of entrepreneurship, world fame, intelligence and discernment in business. The King of Pentacles Tarot card can also represent giftedness or talent, especially mathematical, and financial success, as well as social status. One of the interpretations also predicts a large win or inheritance.
Appearing in fortune telling in an upright position, the King of Pentacles indicates that the time has come for “harvesting”, it is time to collect the fruits of what you once sowed. This is an excellent material card for obtaining financial or any other return from what you started earlier. It’s time to hold in your hands the actual result of your past efforts. This Arcana is an indicator of satisfaction with one’s position, level of prosperity and fate in general.
The Tarot King of Pentacles is a rich, powerful and cultured man who can provide help, give wise advice, inspire. A man with exquisite manners, knowledge of money and financial matters, a true patron of the arts and sciences. He may be disposed to the questioner or be indifferent to him, but not hostile in any way. The rest of the cards in the spread will reveal his attitude and, perhaps, show what exactly you must do in order to obtain the protection of this person, if you need it.
The King of Pentacles Tarot card traditionally represents a reliable, practical man of mature age, who on his own has achieved success and position in his field of activity (probably banking or stock brokerage). For all his accomplishments, this person is cautious in approaches and probably not particularly smart. The King of Pentacles predicts an improvement in the querent’s financial situation and a possible promotion.
The King of Pentacles is a man leading the masses, a born and recognized leader, an experienced mentor, a representative of the financial stratum of society, a skillful entrepreneur. He can support any undertaking, inspire to serious deeds, not forgetting to give wise advice. He stands confidently enough on its own feet, it will always help to transfer any problem to the category of “trifling business”.

In a Reversed Position:

The reversed King of Pentacles symbolizes negative personality traits associated with the physical world: greed, avarice, unwillingness to work, cruelty, despotism, harm, discontent, excessive materialism, etc. This card means preoccupation with material wealth.
In a reversed position, the King of Pentacles speaks of the prematurity, sterility of the situation, indicates complete chaos and confusion, amateurism with high conceit and authoritarianism. May indicate an obsession with getting what you want or a belief that the goal justifies the means.
The reversed card promises unproductive chores, futility, emptiness, hopelessness. It carries fear, resentment, conflicts, despair. The individual has ceased to be the master of the situation. He has a bad reputation everywhere and in everything. Most likely, financial collapse is imminent. The game of corporate shenanigans and connections with the criminal world did not bring anything good.
In the relationship of the two sexes, the reversed King of Pentacles Tarot card tells that envy, treason, jealousy, assault, are somewhere nearby. Feelings have not passed the test of time. Resentment and jealousy interfere with the formation of normal human relationships. The card represents a particular form of perversion in sex. Even incest is possible.

King of Pentacles. The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels
The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels

The reversed King of Pentacles means depravity, lust, idleness. This is a person to be feared and beware of. Immoral, ruthless, corrupt, ready for any insidious act to achieve their not very good goals. Cruel, incapable of forgiveness, stupid and self-righteous. It is impossible to believe him under any circumstances.
In general, the spirit of vice and greed, a symbol of dishonor and dirty money. Although the probability of receiving all kinds of benefits is extremely high, but at what cost?!
The reversed Tarot card The King of Pentacles is a dangerous man, one whom the questioner should avoid. In business, he can be an absolutely ruthless competitor. If the card does not personify a certain person, then this is a sign of doubt, weakness, fear, despair. Danger to the questioner. Vice and willfulness, corruption and evil intentions, arrogance.
The King of Pentacles is a man in years, empty, limited, insensitive. But, despite this, he has a strong and assertive character, and he can resist the querent in areas related to finance and work. Jealousy may be the cause.
The reversed King of Pentacles is a greedy, ill-mannered, envious and evil person who does not see beyond his nose. Consequently, he is not capable of making decisions, helping others. He does not know how to think rationally. He is angry and stupid, unbalanced and inadequate, arrogant and conceited, selfish and morally unstable.
In either case, in order to resist the negative prediction of the card, you need to carefully monitor the situation, and prevent any attempts to deceive or encroach on your monetary interests. In the case that you are opposed by a powerful competitor or rival, do not act alone – enlist the support of equally powerful people.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
You are on the right track, everything is going well. The situation will stabilize, the problems will be resolved. Success awaits you in money or work matters.
In a Reversed Position:
In the spreads, the reversed King of Pentacles indicates dishonest actions, either on the part of you to someone, or to you. This will not lead you to success, something needs to be changed.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
Having fallen out in fortune-telling, the upright King of Pentacles card means constancy, strong friendship, reliability, loyalty and warmth, which are more valuable than entertainment or novelty. It speaks of the desire for a bright, reliable and lasting union in which partners feel safe. In some cases, the card may mean a desire to start a family.
The King of Pentacles shows the ideal couple on the issues of relationships and love. Partners not only love each other, but also trust, protect, help the other half. Sex life is on top. There is practically no jealousy, betrayal or selfishness. The King of Pentacles does not mean just falling in love, but also a strong stable family.
In a Reversed Position:
The King of Pentacles in a reversed position, unfortunately, is not a very encouraging sign for love questions. It means a deterioration in relations, jealousy, betrayal, despotism, selfishness, quarrels, etc. Mutual work on a joint life is necessary if you want to preserve the union.
When the reversed King of Pentacles appears in fortune-telling for a relationship, he, as a rule, reflects ugly forms of behavior, which can manifest itself in licentiousness, in unreasonable demands, regarding everyday trifles, some point of view imposed on the parter. Also, the Arcana can denote extreme forms of jealousy and suspicion, up to spying and attempts to limit the partner’s freedom.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
Everything is fine with finances: good salary, stable cash flow, new earning opportunities. You know how to receive money and manage them wisely.
In a Reversed Position:
In finance, a reversed Arcana portends monetary losses, insufficient earnings, most often from your own wrong actions. Also, dishonest money, fraud, etc. are indicated by this card.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
A very good sign in career fortune telling. Predicts excellent promising work, successful projects, decent wages. You have all the necessary skills and talents for self-realization in your chosen field or managing subordinates (if you are a boss).
In an upright position, the King of Pentacles speaks of the implementation of ideas and obtaining financial results, indicates a successful deal, significant profit. This card symbolizes, first of all, the desire for reliability and confidence in the future, love for everything that is durable, stable, permanent.

King of Pentacles. Romantic Tarot
Romantic Tarot

Work that brings joy, high skill, patience and the ability to bring the job to the end.
In a Reversed Position:
In questions for work, a reversed card is a symbol of any wrong actions: illegal activity, fraud, promotion through the “bed” or by deception. But it can also indicate simply an inability to do a good job or a negligent attitude to business.
Falling out in a spread or fortune-telling for career, the reversed King of Pentacles symbolizes moments that are usually associated with fraud, greed, or a passion for profit. Also, this Arcana can talk about the futility of investing funds, the danger of ruin, the need to save.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
In the area of ​​health, the King of Pentacles is a good card. It means successful recovery and rehabilitation if a person is sick. Or just good physical condition if healthy.
Good health, stabilization, but heart disease is possible.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed King of Pentacles indicates diseases, ailments associated with the physical sphere of life (not psychological problems): age, bad habits, unhealthy lifestyle, etc.
Probable diseases of the stomach and intestines as a result of of neuroses, general disorders in the lymphatic system.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Yes
In a Reversed Position:
Yes, but there is a risk of ruining everything with your wrong behavior.

Self-Development Lesson

You are successful and reliable, but at times you are so involved in business matters that your personal relationship suffers. You must learn to balance the needs of friends and family with your innate ability to successfully run your business and financial ventures.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card indicates a middle-aged man (45 years old and older). Hair is dark brown or black with sparse graying, dark skin, dark eyes. Average or below average height, strong, stocky, often overweight.
A married man with a solid experience of family life (15 years or more). Even if he is not a millionaire, he is “financially secured”. It is absolutely normal for the typical King of Pentacles to have a wife and a long-term mistress, as this balances him out. In personal relationships, this is a rather cynical person. Because of this, he often has difficulties with women. It is difficult for him to turn off the constantly clicking calculator in his head.
By nature, regardless of gender, this is a person who is confident in himself, savvy, brings a scientific basis for everything. He will not be impressed by stories about UFOs, unless this phenomenon is explained from the point of view of traditional sciences and the application of physical laws.
For the questioner, the card can mean a boss or a middle-aged man from among distant relatives: an uncle, a great-uncle. In the spreads for a man, it often means his father-in-law.

King of Pentacles. Celtic Tarot
Celtic Tarot

Type of person in a reversed position:

A married man who allows himself to communicate openly with other women, despite the displeasure of his wife. For infidelity, he pays off with gifts, while his mistresses receives very little or nothing at all. By nature, regardless of gender, the person is selfish and soulless. For money he will sell his own mother.

Arcana’s warning

Do not engage in accumulation, fight stinginess and excessive frugality. Money should work for you, not you for them. Try to avoid excessive materialism.

Final Advice of Arcana

The King of Pentacles Tarot card advises you to use your abilities to the maximum to achieve big goals. Do not be afraid to invest in long-term profitable projects, you have every chance of success.

In an Upright Position:
Take into account the human factor when communicating with people. Not everything in the world is measured in money.
In a Reversed Position:
Do not be silent where it is necessary to make claims, to demonstrate who is the boss in the house. Look for other sources of income, the former have exhausted themselves forever.

Conclusion

The King of Pentacles describes the world of business relationships. This card can indicate a rise in the career ladder, success in any endeavor, prospects in long-term business projects.
Now you have an idea of ​​the meaning of the cards of the monetary suit. With practice, you will learn to understand your Tarot deck better and immediately grasp the basic meaning of the Arcana of Pentacles in spreads.

The special meaning of the card:

It is no coincidence that the King of Pentacles is the last card in the Tarot deck. Its special significance lies in the fact that it symbolizes the quintessence of the synthesis of the spiritual and material worlds. The wisdom of the Major Arcana, combining with the practical everyday life of the Minor one, forms an esoteric product in a completely material form. This product can rightfully be called the Tarot deck.

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