Ace of Pentacles
Function: Possessions, riches, material things, practicality
The Ace of Pentacles welcomes the querent to paradise and security. They still have to get there, but there is a way if they’re willing to walk it. The hand from Heaven isn’t going to carry them, but it offers the gift of the way.
A hand comes out of the heavens and offers a single, giant gold coin with a pentacle on it. It’s like the sun, shining in the sky. The pentacle is a five-pointed star, with all lines connected. It symbolizes the balance of the elements with the spirit.
The hand is not grasping the pentacle, but rather, cradling it. It’s not going to use the pentacle to do something. It doesn’t guide, strike, or create. It simply shows the querent what it has.
The suit of pentacles represents material wealth. It represents what can be done with what is here, right now, and what can be held and given. It also represents what can be shared; the hand could clutch the pentacle selfishly, but instead, it offers it, as if giving it as alms to the poor, weary traveler.
Or perhaps it’s striking a bargain. If you walk the way, go through the garden, and get to the mountain, you will get the wisdom and benefit of the pentacles. After all, the reward for nothing is nothing, and no one gets anything for free. This isn’t cruel; it’s just the nature of living on a planet with finite resources and finite time.
There are lilies lining the way, symbolizing purity and innocence. The arch of the garden has red fruit. Green and red are the colors of life, and red is the color of magic. Beyond the green garden threshold is the mountain, a symbol of endurance, timelessness, stability, and strength.
The sky is wide open, white, and endless, like a blank canvas. Heading through the garden gate and onto the journey of the pentacles promises that the querent will get to write their story and carve their own destiny. After all, wealth is freedom, and one who prospers can do things like follow passion and enjoy beauty without interference or worry that it won’t be available tomorrow. And perhaps it won’t, but there’s nothing practical in worrying about what may never be so long as it exists right now.
Take the gift now.
When the Ace of Pentacles is Reversed:
When the Ace of Pentacles is reversed, the querent has either missed an opportunity to materially otherwise gain, either because they overlooked the obvious, or because they didn’t trust in the present. It’s also possible that their own greed made them overlook something they thought was small in hopes of getting something bigger. Lack of planning may result in future disaster.
The Ace of Pentacles reversed can also indicate someone who doesn’t know the value of a dollar or doesn’t want to earn what they have. It can also indicate someone who does work hard, but the reward is delayed or on the other side of yet another obstacle.
In a three-card reading, this card means…
Past: In the past, the querent embarked on a quest for worldly gain or was given an opportunity for worldly gain that brought them to the present.
Present: Currently, the querent is presented with an opportunity to earn rewards or riches, and must carefully walk a path to get it.
Future: In the future, the querent will have an opportunity to create their own prosperity if they stay on the course they’re on.