Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning Explained

5 of pentacles thothKeywords

  • Illness/Poor Health
  • Bankruptcy
  • Poverty
  • Needing Support
  • Material problems
  • Worry/Stress



Meaning of the Five of Pentacles in a Reading

The Number Five in the Tarot Cards represents change. Furthermore, it is usually the most difficult of all the cards, as most people are afraid of change. This is a particularly challenging card because the Pentacles Suit represents the earth element, pertaining to our material situation in life. Hence, this card talks about changes to our money or property situation and usually difficult change. We may suffer a loss of some sort and need support.

When we get many fives in a bigger reading such as the Celtic Cross Spread, we may turn to the angels for assistance through a time of change and challenge. We may welcome it with open arms instead of resistance. Whether the Five of Pentacles speaks to a period of poverty or illness, we will learn a great deal. So, if we treat it all as a lesson, we can move through this period with grace.

five of pentaclesSymbolism of the Five of Pentacles

The symbolism in this card is very clear to anyone. One can clearly see the suffering as represented by the man on crutches walking next to the woman in rags. The Suit of Pentacles talks to our financial and material situation in life, and so we know form this card that there is poverty looming, a material crisis of some sort. The crisis may also be physical in nature, and we may face a physical health challenge.

The positive side to this card is shown by the stained-glass window. This shows support of a spiritual nature, and at the very least, the two people are not alone – they may be in a close love relationship, saying that our partner is there with us in the problems, supporting us.

Five of Pentacles in the Past

The worst is behind us when we get this card in a 3-card tarot reading. We may have come through a period extreme poverty, loss or ill health, bankruptcy or business problems. We have weathered the change and although things may still be rocky, we are in a better position to decide what to do.

Five of Pentacles in the Present

It can be scary to get this card in the present position of a tarot reading. We may be facing loss or change on the material front, and need to buckle down and weather the storm. This is a time to lean on our loved ones or family for support and to develop our spiritual side. This will give us comfort in a time of potential crisis.

Five of Pentacles in the Future

When we get this card in the future position of a 3-card tarot reading, we may need to prepare for a challenging material period ahead or problematic health. Preparation means that we can start saving, putting money away or spending more cautiously. We can cut back on our bills and look at other ways of earning an income. We may also start living a better lifestyle to mitigate poor health. In this way we can take control of the change that is coming for us. We may also need to cultivate an attitude of abundance instead of lack.

five of pentacles reversedReversed Five of Pentacles

This is one card we would like to have reversed! Instead of an intense financial crisis or change, we may soon see an end to our suffering, or an improvement to our health. We may possibly be relieved from poverty by finding a new job or someone helping us by giving us a loan. We may also develop a better mindset towards our finances, and instead of thinking of what we don’t have, we begin to appreciate what we do have.

Five of Pentacles Tarot One Card Meaning

When we get this card in a One Card Reading, then this may be a difficult period of change for you financially or healthwise. You may be suffering from an extended period of financial instability, and there may even be bankruptcy. Try and let go of your pride and learn to lean on others, as there is support available for you.

Five of Pentacles Yes/No Meaning

When we get this card face up in the Yes/No Tarot Reading then it means “yes” to our question. You may be soon facing a time of poverty and financial difficulty due to this choice, and it is best for you to prepare for challenging times ahead. Find someone to lean on for support through this process. This is not a time of financial prosperity and you may face a financial crisis for a period of time.

When you get this card facing down, your answer is no. The reason you should not go ahead is that you may face financial crisis or loss if you do, and at the moment, you may just not have the material stability that you need in order to go forward. Wait for a better time where you are in a better material and physical position.

Summary of the Ace of Pentacles

This card, in any spread, is not an easy one to get. However, if we develop our spiritual side, ask for support from our loved ones, and prepare for change on the physical or material side of things, then we can mitigate some of the more problematic effects of this time. Although we may become financially poor in some ways, we can become richer in the spiritual and relationship side.

Affirmations for the Five of Pentacles

“Connecting to a Higher Power will support me through this time”

“Abundance will come to me again”

“I have enough”

“I have everything I need”

“I’ll do all I can to look after my body”

“I will ask for support”

Bitwine Psychics 5 of pentaclesMore about the Five of Pentacles

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Article Info

Date: Mar 15, 2019
Amelie Rose Estrela is an experienced psychic and recently published, esteemed lead author for the Psychic Guild since 2003. She has written hundreds of articles for the website on a range of topics covered within the psychic niche, including Psychics & Mediums, Tarot & Angel Cards, Astrology & Horoscopes (the topic of her newly-released e-book), Love & Relationships, and Spells & Magic. You can find out more about Amelie on
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