Making Sense Of The Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning 

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The Five of Pentacles tarot is probably one of the most unwanted cards in the deck. After all, who wants to think about illness, anxiety, financial problems or being out in the cold all alone? Even then, all of us experience difficult times in our lives. And this card serves as a warning for all of us. We must be ready when tough times decide to come and visit. 

We will discover in the Five of Pentacles tarot guide how to build and protect our reserves. Everyone must learn to take care of themselves and not be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes people get into trouble because they are so proud of being totally independent and self-sufficient. This serves as a lesson that good things are within your reach, even if you cannot see it that way right now. 

In this post we will learn all these and more. As well as have a deeper understanding about the following:

  • The Five of Pentacles tarot card meaning in career and finances
  • What does the 5 of Pentacles mean in love and relationships?
  • How to cope with the 5 of Pentacles reversed
  • The lessons learned in Five of Pentacles in a love reading
  • Taking full advantage of 5 of Pentacles upright in your life

So let’s go ahead and learn everything about the Five of Pentacles Tarot Guide!

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Guide: An Overview

Traditionally, the Five of Pentacles pertains to poverty. But it is also a poverty of consciousness. This is something a lot of people deal with regardless if they are oozing with money. One can suffer with poverty of consciousness because of the lack of validatation. 

Somehow you are unable to see, receive, or appreciate all the goodness that life brings. For you these are merely dreams, illusions that will never become a reality. 

The card shows two sickly people limping in the snow. There appears to be a church right behind them. The warm, glowing light coming through the church’s stained glass is evident. But the people are unaware, or refuse to see that there is hope, there is refuge. 

So this card is telling people that they are worthy. It’s time for them to take their seat at the table because they deserve it. They deserve to be loved, nurtured, and succeed. 

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Upright (General Meaning)


When the Five of Pentacles surfaces on your reading, this can be a challenging time in your life. Your fears and insecurities may come back to haunt you. It can pertain to loss, poverty, loneliness, or sickness within the family. You must be prepared for things to go downhill in the future. Therefore, your attitude will play a big role in determining your success or failure at this point in time. 

So what do you do? There are times you will really need to worry about money and count every penny you got. Nonetheless, you need to find the strength to hold on and to keep on trudging. Plow ahead no matter how tired you get. Rest if you must, but never quit. Sometimes the only way to get out of a bad situation, is to go through it. 

Find the will to gut it out. At times when you feel so alone, remember that you are not. And when support is offered, accept it with open arms. Keep hammering away especially when you feel your faith is being tested to its breaking point. Reprieve is closer than you think, so hang on and keep going. 

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Reading Upright On Love and Relationships

This can represent rejection or a feeling of abandonment. And it can be played the other way around. It may not be you, but somebody close to you and loves you with all their heart. They may feel shut out, undesired, or unwanted. It’s an awful feeling for anyone to have. Someone may be getting a cold shoulder from you. 

Have you been ignoring someone’s messages or phone calls? Perhaps you haven’t spoken to them in a while and they feel so isolated and ignored. They feel like you don’ want them at all. Were they going in for a kiss then you suddenly moved away? Or perhaps they were asking you out and you flatout said, no?

But then you might say, I haven’t rejected anyone, so why would they feel the Five of Pentacles towards me? You see it’s also about a lack of feeling, even lack of empathy. 

This card can also show up for people who somehow feel their significant others deserve someone better than them. So they break up with their partners then find someone who’s in the lower benchmark. Someone whom they feel is more at their own level. 

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Reading Upright On Career

When this card pops up it can mean job loss or difficult times ahead. You may feel isolated or undermined at work. So do something and reach out to peers and superiors. If you are worried about feeling left behind, voice it out and seek guidance. 

Again, no man is an island and everyone relies on somebody for security, connection, and interdependence. It is only through this that you will be able to fully trust your safety net. And the quickest, easiest, and surefire way to do this is to offer help as well. Only then can you build your support network from the ground up. 

After identifying the trusted people you wish to connect with, send them client info or opportunities. Put in a good word for them, and introduce them to your circle of influence. Don’t ask for anything in return. Just share, give, and support wholeheartedly. In time, this will all come back to you. 

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Reading Upright On Finances


Needless to say, money is very tight at the moment. So spend your money wisely and determine your needs versus your wants. In the worst-case scenario, this can pertain to material loss. This means there may be debt, bankruptcy, and even evictions involved. 

No matter what happens, don’t allow your pride to take over. Talk to trusted family and friends and ask for advice. Reach out to your bank and see what can be done to ease the burden. Everyone goes through a financial crisis at one point or another. At any rate, putting up an emergency fund would be a great idea moving forward. 

The Five of Pentacles Reading Upright On Health and Spirituality

Stress kills isn’t just a saying, it is the truth. Worrying yourself over things you have no control of will carry you faster to your grave. Slowly your immune system will be weakened and your mental health will be affected as well. 

So whenever you are feeling drained, lost, or emotionally depleted, stop. Pause, breathe and rest. If you don’t, you just might drop dead (literally and figuratively speaking). 

Prioritize yourself and your healing. You cannot pour from an empty cup. So better put your own desires front row and center for now. It’s virtually impossible to take care of the people around you when there is nothing left to give.  

The Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Reversed (General Meaning)

This may represent a reprieve from a long-standing worry. Of finally being released from the concern of having money, or fear that you already have enough. Finally, your load will feel lighter, and the tension and anxiety you have been feeling eventually subsides. Still, you have been so used to struggling that you fail to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

If you do not stop this way of thinking you may find yourself collapsing under so much struggle, under too much weight. Therefore, it is time to rest and heal yourself. 

Seeing the reversed Five of Pentacles means you should stop fretting, worrying, and being anxious. Change your “lack mindset” into an “abundance mindset”. It is never too late to change a bad habit. Stop complaining and reframe your view towards money and the things that you have. All you need to do is take the first step to make that big change. 

The Tarot 5 of Pentacles Reversed On Love and Relationships

reversed five of pentacles reading on love

That feeling of rejection, despair, and isolation finally comes to an end. The reversed Five of Pentacles reading on love and relationships could mean your romantic woes are over and dating season is here once again. 

You have worked hard to face your fears and insecurities, and now you know you are worthy. Worthy of love, trust, and acceptance. You finally see your true value so now you can rekindle your relationships and open your heart to new possibilities. 

The Five of Pentacles Card Reversed On Career

After a long time of struggling and finding your passion, you finally know where you belong. Finally, you have realized that when you are doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like work. To become more productive and ideas flow naturally. 

People around you notice this, your colleagues and managers alike. Resulting in camaraderie and improved interactions at work. Promotions come easily, and financial breakthroughs inevitably follow. 

The Five of Pentacles Card Reversed On Finances

You have finally let go of your limiting beliefs, of your poverty mindset. Now you realize that money is not everything. All the money in the world will never add up to all the loss you will feel if you lose a loving family. You realize that health is your greatest asset, and time, is your biggest commodity. 

Now you have your priorities set. All you need to do is stay firm in your belief and positive mindset. Knowing what your mind can conceive, your body can achieve. 

The Five of Pentacles Reading Reversed On Health and Spirituality

You finally realized that everything needs to start from within. Is it breaking a bad habit? Have you finally quit smoking and drinking? Or have you finally realized that your lack of sleep is affecting your mood and productivity the following day? Do you now know that too many sweets and junk foods have served as your escape? And that everything you are facing right now, physically and spiritually is your own doing?

This is a tough reality to face, but no one has control over you except you. Only you have the power to make that change. No matter how much people try to support you or give sound advice, if they fall on deaf ears, then they are all in vain. Now that you know all of these, you finally dare to break the shackles of negativity and forge your path towards a better tomorrow. 

Final Thoughts on the Five of Pentacles

We are what we choose to believe in. It’s either we choose to pull ourselves up or choose to dig ourselves deeper into our rut. No matter what we do, we should be aware that everything is a choice. We cannot point our fingers and blame everyone else but ourselves. This is precisely the reason why our heads are placed above our hearts. Life is short, so here’s to hoping we all make the best out of it. 

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