ILLUSTRATED KEY TO THE TAROT.
The Suit of Pentacles
THE SUIT OF PENTACLES. KING.
The face of this figure is dark, suggesting courage, and the bull's head should be noted as a
recurrent symbol on the throne.
The sign of this suit is represented throughout as engraved with the pentigram, typifying the
correspondence of the four elements in human nature and that by which they may be governed.
In old Tarot packs this suit represented money. The consensus of divinatory meanings is on the
side of change, as the cards do not deal especially with questions of money.
Divinatory Meanings: Valor, intelligence, business, mathematical gifts, and success in these
Reversed: Vice, weakness, perversity, peril.
The face suggests that of a dark woman, whose quahties might be summed up in the idea of
greatness of soul; she has also the serious cast of intehigence; she contemplates her symbol
and may see worlds therein.
Divinatory Meanings: Opulence, generosity, magnificence, security, liberty.
Reversed: Evil, suspicion, suspense, fear, mistrust.
He rides a slow, enduring, heavy horse, to which his own aspect corresponds. He exhibits his
symbol, but does not look therein.
Divinatory Meanings: Utility, serviceableness, interest, responsibility, rectitude—all on the
normal and external plane.
Reversed: Inertia, idleness, repose of that kind, stagnation; also placidity, discouragement,
A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle which hovers over his raised hands. He
moves slowly, insensible of that which is about him.
Divinatory Meanings: Application, study, scholarship, reflection; another reading says news,
messages and the bringer thereof; also rule, management.
Reversed: Prodigality, dissipation, liberality, luxury, unfavorable news.
A man and woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a house and domain.
They are accompanied by a child, who looks curiously at two dogs accosting an ancient
personage seated in the foreground. The child's hand is on one of them.
Divinatory Meanings: Gain, riches; family matters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family.
Reversed: Chance, fatality, loss, robbery, games of hazard; sometimes gift, dowry, pension."
A woman, with a bird upon her wrist, stands amidst a great abundance of grape-vines in the
garden of a manorial house. It is a wide domain, suggesting plenty in all things. Possibly it is
her own possession and testifies to material well-being.
Divinatory Meanings: Prudence, safety, success, accomplishment, certitude, discernment.
Reversed: Roguery, deception, voided project, bad faith.
An artist in stone at his work, which he exhibits in the form of trophies.
Divinatory Meanings: Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and
business, perhaps in the preparatory stage.
Reversed: Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury. It may also signify the
possession of skill, in the sense of the ingenious mind turned to cunning and intrigue.
A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump
of greenery on his right; one would say that these were his treasures and that his heart
Divinatory Meanings: These are exceedingly contradictory; in the main, it is a card of
money, business, barter ; but one reading gives altercation, quarrel—and another innocence,
Reversed: Cause for anxiety regarding money which it may be proposed to lend.
A person in the guise of a merchant weighs money in a pair of scales and distributes it to the
needy and distressed. It is a testimony to his own success in life, as well as his goodness of
Divinatory Meanings: Presents, gifts, gratification; another account says attention, vigilance;
now is the accepted time, present prosperity, etc.
Reversed: Desire, cupidity, envy, jealousy, illusion.
Two mendicants in a snowstorm pass a lighted casement.
Divinatory Meanings: The card foretells material trouble above all, whether in the form
illustrated—that is, destitution—or otherwise.
For some cartomancists, it is a card of love and lovers—wife, husband, friend, mistress; also
concordance, affinities. These alternatives cannot be harmonized.
Reversed: Disorder, chaos, ruin, discord, profligacy.
A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two
pentacles are under his feet. He holds to that which he has.
Divinatory Meanings: The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gift, legacy,
Reversed: Suspense, delay, opposition.
A sculptor at his work in a monastery. Compare the design which illustrates the Eight of
Pentacles. The apprentice or amateur therein has received his reward and is now at work in
Divinatory Meanings: Metier, trade, skilled labor; usually, however, regarded as a card of
nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.
Reversed: Mediocrity, in work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness.
A young man, in the act of dancing, has a pentacle in either hand, and they are joined by that
endless cord which is like the number 8 reversed.
Divinatory Meanings: On the one hand it is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its
connections, which is the subject of the design; but it is read also as news and messages in
writing, as obstacles, agitation, trouble, embroilment.
Reversed: Enforced gaiety, simulated enjoyment, literal sense, handwriting, composition,
letters of exchange.
A hand—issuing, as usual, from a cloud—holds up a pentacle.
Divinatory Meanings: Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold.
Reversed: The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches. In any case it shows
prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the
possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.