Tarot Card meaning for the Three of Pentacles

In the Three of Pentacles, we see a man on the left hand side with some tools in his hands as if he is creating the art work on the wall. On the right hand side we can also see two other figures holding what appears to be the master plan. The situation appears to test ones skills or professionalism and there is an element of either giving or being given instructions.

The Three of Pentacles as a day card

Today you might feel tested, you might need to prove or show your skills or maybe you are the one setting some type of test. It depends on who you relate to in this card. Who are you on this card and why?
How do you feel about this situation?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The idea in the Three of Pentacles; that we have to show our skills, can both be positive and negative. We might excel and do a great job or we might feel pressured. When we feel pressured it is harder to do a fantastic job as we are not fully in the flow of our full potential. We are more concerned with impressing others that might be testing our abilities.

How this card could present itself in real life

As a hobby I have participated in a range of dances that were later preformed as a show. It was a really nice process each time. We would practise our dance, we work together as a group and then we would show the outside world what we could do. We might make small mistakes in the process, but overall the dances were always well received and appreciated not to mention amazingly fun to do.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Crowley Tarot this card is a simple and stable image (even though it is a number three) it is called work which very much relates to what the Rider Waite is trying to convey. We work hard at our craft, we fine tune it, hone our skills and most of us will try to do a very good job in whatever work we have taken on.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see an artist working on three stars that are shown in the Pentacles. It shows a more playful approach to this idea of craftsmanship and doing a good job.

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