The Six Of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Six Of Pentacles Tarot Card MeaningThe six of Pentacles Tarot Card meaning is not a card that feels entirely straight forward on first glance. We see what looks like an authority figure or someone of wealth and affluence giving coins to what appear to be beggars on the street. The authority figure is holding scales which is symbolic of Justice and balance of power. First impressions of this card can seem somewhat bleak as we see injustice immediately before us in the obvious divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.

How to interpret this card.

First of all, notice your immediate impressions of this card. As with any form of visual art it can bring up our own unrealised subconscious beliefs. For example, if you happen to draw this card more than once in any given week in your readings for yourself, one day you may interpret this card completely differently to the next day based purely on what state of mind you are in. So the meaning of the card for you at that moment (as with any of the cards on any day) will change.

Tarot Justice ScalesPay attention to the symbolism.

We are in the suit of Pentacles, which represent materialism, money practicalities, business, trade, study and career. Over all we are in the Earth element which is more tangible than the suit of Cups (representing the emotions) the suit of Wands (representing movement and energy) and the suit of Swords (representing mental energy).

The divide between the Rich and the Poor.

Also, we have a wealthy person and two poor people. This could represent anything from the upper class and the lower class; the government giving financial assistance to the common person; a giant corporation giving sums of money away to under developed countries. In personal relationships it could indicate an imbalance of power, or where one person is financially reliant on the other. This is where the Justice Scales come into play. Which way is the balance of power tipped in the situation you are asking the Tarot for further clarification about? Are you dependent on someone, or is someone dependent on you?

The 6 of pentacles Tarot Card MeaningNumerology reference.

And finally, take note of the number 6. The number 6 in numerology is symbolic of beauty, harmony, balance, love and domestic stability. At its simplest, the card could just indicate that there is enough for everyone and the circulation of money and wealth is flowing. Or, if the card is reversed, perhaps it is not flowing?

The important thing to consider when interpreting the card is not to think too much. Your first thought about how this card applies to you in your life after you have considered the symbolism is usually what will be most useful to you moving forward.

Questions to ask yourself.

  • What areas need more give and take in your life?
  • Are there areas you feel you are giving or taking too much? How might you restore balance?
  • How do you feel about wealthy people? What unconscious belief systems float up to the surface of your mind when you first look at this card?
  • Do you feel disempowered financially? If so, what can you do today to begin the process of restoring more personal empowerment?
  • Do you feel resistant to giving your money away to a worthy cause? if so, there may be a hidden opportunity to restore some internal balance around money by making a donation to something you believe in.

How do you feel about this card? What comes to mind on first glance? Feel free to comment below and let me know!


6 thoughts on “The Six Of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning”

  1. Michael Baker

    Hi Liz,

    Tarot card reading has always been a fascination of mine and I am so glad I came across your article about The Six Of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning, very interesting and very intriguing, just love the bit about interpreting the cards, symbols and other indications to look for. Great site and great reading I am certainly book marking your site for future reference – I am coming back in the next few days for a free tarot card reading. Keep up the good content it is most enjoyable. Regards, Michael

    1. Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by! What I really enjoy about Tarot cards is you can get something different out of the meaning of the cards the more you delve into them. Each card is like its own little world onits own-kind of like going down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. Let me know how you get on with the free tarot reading! Cheers,


  2. Hi Liz – love your observations and interpretations of the card. I wish I was more into symbolism and had more intuition that I do…I’m told it can be developed, but I’m always wonder if I’m doing it right. Sigh. Okay, here it goes. When I look at the six of pentacles cards, I notice that the person receiving the coins is wearing clothes that look like the coins. I think that to receive money, you have to be aligned with it. I also feel that the scales of justice are level and not tipped. I get the impression that we have seen a slip second of this scene and that if the card were to show motion, that in the next few seconds, the person in blue will also get coins, but perhaps not as many. That’s all I’ve got! That was fun!

    1. Hi Alyssa! Love your idea about the card being in slow motion and also your observation that the scales are balanced. I think that is relevant to the number 6 about being in balance. I agree with you that in order to receive money we have to be aligned to it. This card reminds me to ask myself whether I have poverty consciousness or wealth consciousness for any given situation, and that may or may not relate to money. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hey Liz, we meet again!

    I drew this card -upright- before when I asked matters regarding my family. Knowing that the Pentacles is connected to materialism, I thought originally that the problem in the family arose due to the inequality in distribution of resources, because the person in orange got money while the person in blue didn’t.

    Turns out it wasn’t – it was a lack of power on one side.

    Ever since then, I had a new understanding of this card. There was never inequality in this card. One of the poor gets help but the other didn’t, and the decision is made by the rich, or the people in power. With the rich holding the justice scales, it means that they are always right because they set the rules – which is again, an inequality.

    Anyways, I dread drawing this card now, upright or reverse. It contained too much dark energy for me.

    1. Hi again Rachel! Thanks for your comment, and that was an interesting correlation you made with the 6 of Pentacles. I used to get afraid of drawing certain cards, but the longer I read them, the more I just see them as opportunities for growth. When you get worried about a certain card you have drawn, ask where the silver lining is. For example, many people fear the Death card-but in reality, the Death card just indicates life cycles-endings and renewal and opportunity of clearing out the old in order to make room for something new.

      The 6 of Pentacles can also indicate a spirit of generosity and giving, so it is not all bad. But, it is a reality in life that there appears to be inequality between the rich and the poor-but the powerful question we can ask ourselves when we come across this card or situation is ‘what things can you do to not get caught up in this kind of energy? Where can you empower yourself more so as not to be bothered by it?’ The creative mind has an answer-it is just a matter of finding a solution that works for you.

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