Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

Five of Pentacles


destitution, poor finances, despair, but not without company


disorder, ruin, chaos

Visual Description of the Five of Pentacles:

Two poverty stricken individuals walk through the snow. They are destitute and facing the storm with little but each other to turn to for comfort. Behind them the church lights burn bright and warm, offering a safe reprieve from the cold of the stormy night. The injured man and his blanketed friend fail to realise this as they are concentrating on their own morbidity too much to realise that the light and warmth of the church is open to them.


Divinatory Meaning of the Five of Pentacles:

Upright Meaning of the Five of Pentacles Tarot Card:

Upright the Five of Pentacles shows that the querent is going through financial struggle. At worst they are on the brink of destitution and their feelings of despair are making this an even greater possibility. They are caught in a negative mindframe and refusing to see that they are being offered help. On the bright side they are not going through this struggle alone, but the company they keep might be keeping them from realising that there is a way out of the situation.

“You’re having a difficult time with your finances and it’s making you very worried. You confide in people, especially those that face the same problem as you, but this might be what will lead you to eventual ruin. It’s great to have someone to talk to that understands what you’re going through, but a problem is never solved by looking at it in the same frame of mind that created it in the first place.

The good news is that there is hope. The Universe has a plan for helping you out of this struggle before you hit rock bottom, but you will need to keep an eye out for this opportunity. If you stay focused n the negative the positive solution will fade into the background.”

The querent should try to broaden their social circle to include people that are financially stable and content. This doesn’t mean that these people will help the querent by offering them money, but it will inspire the querent to start taking a more prosperous outlook on life, which can have dramatic effects.


Reversed Meaning of the Five of Pentacles Tarot Card:

Reversed the Five of Pentacles is equally morose. The querent may not be facing destitution, but they are on the brink of ruin. Chaos and disorder are causing them to lose focus and soon their lives will fall to pieces. They can prevent this from happening by reinstating some order in their lives in the form of routine. Spiritual disciplines, such as meditation, may also be used to keep them focused and relaxed.

“You’re struggling to stay on track. Sometimes it feels like life is throwing you curveball after curveball just to mess with your head. The immense stress you’re feeling is due to the chaos that’s surrounding you and if you keep doing what you’re doing now it will result in the end of you. Pretty soon you’re going to run out of energy and resources…

That’s why it’s vitally important that you restore some order in your life. You’re only one person and you only get this one body, so it’s time to start looking after yourself. When your Spirit is calm it can influence your surroundings to calm down too. Try some deep breathing and meditation techniques to get back in touch with the Spiritual side. Once you do things will start falling into place again.”

The querent should not let this warning worry them even more than they already are. It is more of  guideline on how to regain balance and momentum than it is a prophecy of doom and gloom.