Tarot Card meaning for the King of Pentacles

In the King of Pentacles, we see the King on a throne adorned with ox-heads. The King wears a beautiful robe, which shows his richness. Under his robe he still wears his armour, showing he is ready to defend what he has. This could alienate people and make him somewhat controlling.

The King of Pentacles as a day card

Today you or someone you know might have an element of wealth and riches around them, as well as an element of being ready to defend what they have. Who could this King be? What is the richness in your life? Do you really need to be ready to defend it?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

This King is solid, reliable and a very stable person. On the King’s dress and around his throne we can clearly see he likes to adorn himself with worldly riches which can in a negative way mean that he has become shallow and only focused on material richness in life.

How this card could present itself in real life

As I look at the present day consumer, I can see that there is a focus on material possessions and some parts of our identities is strongly tied to these material possessions. If we however over extend ourselves on a car, a gadget or even a house, we can become the emperor with no clothes on. We will be the King for a short while before it turns out we cannot really afford our latest buy and we weren’t half as mature as we thought we were.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

Kings are represented differently in different tarot decks. The card represents the final figure in the court card for a suit and could be called (amongst others), King, Knight or wise one. In all decks this figure shows us a person who has been in this suit for the longest amount of time, someone that feels at home in the suit and has many skills to draw on.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see another older King he stands in the woods and looks at his throne he seems to acknowledge and appreciate what he has which is a great position to be in.

In the Crowley Tarot we see the Knight of Pentacles as the final court card. It is very similar to the Knight in the Rider Waite however the grass has grown around him when he decides to take action it looks like there are definitely some items to harvest.

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