Today’s Card: Five of Pentacles
The 5 of Pentacles depicts a single figure sitting outside of a building with her head buried in her lap. She’s wearing ragged clothing and appears to be oblivious to the door behind her.
In some decks, this door decorated with 5 pentacles is more clearly made to resemble a church. Also, many decks depict a second figure standing next to the one sitting and offering a helping hand.
Minor Arcana – Pentacles:
The suit of Wands is associated with the element of Earth and represents finances and material goods.
In general, the 5 of Pentacles suggests isolation, anxiety, and having a lack-mindset.
As the suit of Pentacles represents the physical realm – meaning money, career, and health – this card often indicates financial strife, unemployment, or experiencing health problems.
The figure depicted in the card has her head down. She is clearly in distress – her tattered clothing is symbolic of her financial struggle. In many decks, the background of this card is snowy – it’s in the middle of winter, so you can assume that the person is also cold and hungry. She’s lacking the basic comforts that people need to survive.
In this way, the 5 of Pentacles is figuratively symbolic of a loss of security and comfort. While that would be the case if someone were to lose their job or struggle with money, it would also be the case during a breakup. They no longer have the security of a partner, the comfort of knowing that someone loves them.
If you notice, though, there is a door behind her decorated with five large coins. The door is illuminated and propped up next to it, there is a key. This represents a possible salvation – there is a way for her to get the comfort and care she needs.
The problem? She’s not looking at it. She’s so focused on her heartbreak that she’s missing what’s right in front of her – the other people in her life who do love and care for her.
When this card comes up in a reading, it’s often an indication that you’re wallowing too much at the moment. It is giving you some recognition for the fact that you’re struggling, but it also points out that you can get help if you look around you.
They say that in Tarot, there are no “good” or “bad” cards – each card is meant to teach you something. But, of course, some cards have a more positive outlook than others. The 5 of Pentacles is generally regarded as a fairly negative card (as are most 5’s in the deck.) It’s indicative of loss, isolation, and worry.
When looked at another way, though, this can be seen as a wake-up call card. You are experiencing hard times right now – whether that’s in the form of a breakup, money troubles, or an illness, and understandably, you’re reacting to those difficulties with pain and sorrow.
But – this card wants to remind you that all hope is not lost. You do have resources around you – there are people who love you and want to help you. Maybe they’ve offered and you’ve turned them down – or maybe they haven’t made themselves abundantly available to you – but either way, they ARE there.
Stop focusing on what you’ve lost and focus instead on the people and resources you still have available to you. This card advises you to pick up the key and go through the door – you’ll find what you need to get out of this funk you’re in. But you won’t be able to do it alone.
In this way, this card can also sometimes represent community.
The traditional RWS-deck featured two figures outside in the cold of winter. While they are cold and suffering (they’re depicted with physical handicaps and clothing indicating poverty), they still have each other.
So, this card is telling you to find like-minded people. Find your tribe and let them provide you with love, comfort, and warmth for a little while.
Guidance for Your Love Life
As I stated earlier, the 5 of Pentacles is generally regarded as a more negative card and that’s definitely true when it comes to romance. In a love reading, the 5 of Pentacles often indicates that you’ve recently gone through a breakup.
If this is the case, you might be struggling with the effects of that breakup quite deeply. Perhaps you didn’t see it coming, or perhaps you believed that this person was your soulmate. Now, you might be feeling hopeless and lost – like you’re not sure who you can trust.
Are you afraid that you’ll never love again? Have you lost faith in the idea of soulmates? Or maybe in the entire idea of dating in general?
Right now, you might be feeling isolated and alone. Perhaps you’re watching all your friends get married and have babies and dealing with your own single-status or heartbreak during this time can feel gut-wrenching. But don’t let yourself become too withdrawn. Find people who can comfort you – friends, family, even a support group – and surround yourself with love and community.
If you’re in a relationship, on the other hand, this is also not a great card to draw. The lack of security here might be a financial one – maybe you and your partner are experiencing some money troubles – but it could also be an emotional one.
You may be feeling a lack of security in your relationship because you aren’t sure about your partner’s commitment.
This card is not like the 5 of Wands – that card is all about arguing and frustration. This one is more about isolation and anxiety. You’re not necessarily fighting with your partner, but you’re feeling unloved and unheard. You’re feeling lonely even when you’re not alone.
If this is the case, the relationship may be coming to an end. Or, you could find a way to get through this rough patch. But either way, you’re not going to do it on your own. You’ll need to find a support system and lean on them – let them comfort you. Eventually, you’ll be OK.
It just might not be today.
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