Three of Pentacles
Function: Possessions, riches, material things, practicality
In the city, a young apprentice works on a cathedral arch. There are two entrances, and he stands on a bench in one. In the other entrance stand a monk and an architect. They’re considerably older, and they look at plans. One can presume that the architect and the monk are the ones in charge.
However, the apprentice turns to face them, and they look the apprentice in the face. Even though he’s clearly the junior person, both in age and career, his input is valuable; he stands on a bench and therefore stands taller than the men who are merely looking at the plans but not carving or cutting into the stone.
The young man is actively making this cathedral, which is meant to last for all ages. There is mutual respect here, and a shared goal that the three are actively working toward. All three of these men have something to contribute that only they can contribute to this monumental work.
The monk is dressed in grey, the color of sobriety and fading into the background. He has an idea of what it should look like and what the purpose should be, but he’s not the one actively designing or making the building. The architect is dressed in an ostentatious garb of gold and red that covers most of his body. Gold is the color of success, and red the color of magic. Indeed, his designs and what he does with physics to create a building may seem like magic. The stonemason is dressed in violet, yellow, and blue, the colors of both higher and lower thought.
Cooperation and appreciation of other’s contributions and gifts are what will ultimately lead to success. That, and a dose of patience. Doing it right and making it last is far more important than getting it done quickly. After all, if it’s meant to last, than build it as if it’s meant to last.
The Three of Pentacles also indicates when it’s good to stop and get feedback from those who have insight or knowledge that you don‘t. There is a juxtaposition between the cathedral, which is grand, and the humility required to create something so grand. Here, the three men all confer with each other in peace.
When the Three of Pentacles is Reversed:
When the Three of Pentacles is reversed, the querent may be uncooperative or hasty. They may feel that they don’t need any input or advice from anyone else, even though they really can’t achieve what they want by themselves.
The Three of Pentacles reversed can also indicate that the querent is struggling to have their work or talents recognized and appreciated. Others may not see their contributions as important, and the querent may not advocate strongly for themselves.
Hastiness is also possible. The querent may be trying to finish something quickly rather than carefully, and whatever they’re making will inevitably fall apart because it wasn’t either meant to last. Or, the querent just wasn’t personally invested or was passive-aggressively sabotaging something.
In a three-card reading, this card means…
Past: In the past, the querent was cooperative and worked well with others to create big things, which has led them to the present moment.
Present: Currently, the querent is contributing their skills and talents where they’re appreciated and will create big things.
Future: In the future, the querent’s contributions will be appreciated, and they’ll find a niche or place to apply their skills to benefit society and themselves.