9-of-pentaclesThe 9 of Pentacles Reversed tarot card meaning can relate to a sense you may feel lacking in a healthy work life balance. You also may be feeling that your resources are stretched thin at the moment-whether that be related to time or money or other aspects that can contribute to making life feel pleasurable. You might feel you are lacking in a strong foundation to be able to obtain the riches or goals you have in mind, or you generally feel insecure about your future and how you will make ends meet. You could be feeling like there is never enough of anything and therefore this mindset obscures what you feel is possible for your life.

The picture on the card

The colour of yellow dominates this card and a woman stands with grace with a falcon perched on her left hand. There is a castle in the background and two trees stand in the distance either side of her amongst a mountain range. Directly behind the woman is a grape vine with an abundance of grapes on it and she is surrounded by 9 coins. A snail on the ground near her is crossing her path. On her robe, she appears to have the symbol relating to Venus which is connected to the divine feminine.

Symbols in the card

Before we can truly consider the meaning this card has in a reversed position, we must first consider its upright meaning to give us perspective.

The 9 of Pentacles depicts plant bearing ripe fruits in this card, which is emblematic of abundance. Also, as it is a number 9, it indicates the end of cycles in the material world. The Pentacles can relate to money and general financial rewards, or other earthly pleasures such as good health and feelings of vitality and well being. You may be feeling a sense of elation due to working towards a certain fitness goal or enjoying some material pleasures such as new clothes, furnishings and other material comforts which you have been saving your money for. Or, perhaps you have recently received a surge of extra cash which has allowed you to relax a little when it comes to your purchasing power and material possessions.

Where money is not relevant, it could also relate to a sense you have some time to relax and enjoy smelling the roses a little and can put your feet up a bit after a period of working hard towards something. It is a time to recharge and notice the surrounding abundance. You can enjoy the fruits of your labours.

Different life situations which relate to the card


In love, the 9 of Pentacles reversed can relate to a person who does not feel abundant in love. They may feel that love is lacking in their life and all their efforts are not bearing the fruit they desire. If this rings true for your or your querent, it might be time to relax on the search for love and spend some time figuring out what things make you happy without a special person in your life. But putting attention on these things first, it changes your energy and therefore makes it more likely you will attract a certain desired person in your life.


When it comes to work, the 9 of pentacles reversed suggests that your work life balance is leading you to feel stress and strain and you may feel that all the effort you have been putting into your work is not really paying off. If this is the case, it might be time to take step back and look at what the most important aspects are when it comes to taking actions that are going to reap the most reward. It can also indicate that you are perhaps not committing to steady progress in your work in that you are not taking a step by step process in order to build a solid foundation that will pay dividends into the future.


When it comes to the home, the 9 of pentacles reversed can indicate that you may not be living in a situation which is providing a certain amount of nurturing and pleasure. Your house may be cluttered physically and this is leading you to feel unrest when you are at home. It can also indicate that you may need to spend more time setting up routines at home which give you more of a sense of abundance and allow you to enjoy your surroundings. As they say, home is where the heart is.


When it comes to health, the 9 of Pentacles reversed can indicate digestive issues, excessive psychological worries and feelings of exhaustion.

Key Symbols of the card

The Falcon is symbolic of skill and mastery. It sports keen intellect and inexhaustible focus. This made this bird ideal for trained hunting events. Their ability to hone in on their target is superior.

The coins relate to the earth element and the material world and money in general.

The trees in the background of the picture are symbolic of strong roots and being grounded in our body and connected to nature.

The castle symbol meanings deal with goals. Castles are physical representations of our need to build (block by block) upon a strong foundation in order to obtain our goals.

Snail symbol meanings deal with steady footing and stability. Snails carry their homes upon their backs which is symbolic of carrying our security in our hearts (security and happiness being an inside job). Not only sure of foot, snails are also symbols of slow (but steady) progress. Featured in the 9 of Pentacles, we understand stability and success do not appear overnight. Rather, success often comes at a snail’s pace.

The grapes relate to the fruit of our labours, which happen over a period and ripen when the season is right.

The mountains also relate to solid foundations in life which stand the test of time.

Personality of the 9 of Pentacles in an upright position

When this card comes up as a question around personality of character, the 9 of Pentacles can indicate a person who is highly emotional and sensitive. But they can rise above their emotions to seek knowledge for its own sake. They are tolerant, generous and supportive of others. The courageous nine energy follows truth wherever it goes and doesn’t allow their beliefs to stagnate. They have great self-discipline, are visionary and altruistic, but tend not to think in terms of details. Sometimes the 9 energy can be over zealous.

The remedy for when this card is expressing itself in the negative

The suit of the pentacles in tarot relates to the element of earth and the zodiac signs of Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus. When we are expressing the positive qualities of earth elements we feel grounded, are digesting our food well, have ordered thoughts and are free from excessive worry. There is a strong relationship to the things that nourish and nurture us in life.

In Chinese medicine, the earth element relates to the stomach and spleen, and when these organs are not in balance we may be prone to excessive worry, over analysis and scattered thoughts. If we are feeling like we are experiencing the negative aspects of this card, it might be time to do some energy clearing around the areas of the stomach and spleen and this can be done through the practice of meditation and qigong which focus on exercises that will calm the mind and activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is linked to the ‘rest and digest’ response in the body. Also, the qigong 6 healing sounds can help purge unproductive emotions in these organs. It is also important to pay more attention to our digestion and elimination processes and ensure we are eating in ways that will support the brain/gut relationship, as well as taking more time to eat our food.

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