In the 10 of Pentacles, we see a life well-lived. Emotional, spiritual and financial wealth are all present. You perceive the true value of wealth – the means to provide security and happiness for those you love and those who will come after you.
An elderly figure wearing a colourful cloak sits with their back to the viewer, reflecting on reflecting on their life as Death approaches. They are reaching down to pat a white dog sitting by their knee. There is another dog close by, a small child resting their hand on it’s back. Two figures stand beneath an arch. One figure has their back to the viewer and holds a staff, wearing orange shirt and a blue robe. The other has their face to the viewer but are looking at their counterpart. They wear a red shirt and brown robe, with a flower crown on their head. In the background is a walled city with a tall tower. Ten yellow pentacles are scattered around the card.
Yes/No upright: Yes
Yes/No reversed: No
Amplified by: Page of Pentacles, The World
Amplifier for: Page of Pentacles, The World
Zodiac/Element: Mars in Pisces
Dates: 11 March to 20 March
Traditional Name: Wealth
Traditional Meaning: Gain, riches; family matters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family. Reversed: Chance, fatality, loss, robbery, games of hazard; sometimes gift, dowry, pension.
TarotCraft Upright Meaning
10 of Pentacles can be considered the last card in the deck – the Omega of the Tarot journey. The child and the dog are the Alpha of the Tarot journey – the figures on the Fool card. Like all the 10 numbered cards, this shows an ending or completion. The child (Page) and the Pentacles represent the element of Earth, and 10 represents the physical plane of material existence.
When the 10 of Pentacles appears in a reading, success is assured, and future stability is likely. It shows wealth and security not just for now but for the long term.
If this card answers a “how” question, the answer is to take the traditional and conforming path. This is not an indicator of creativity or innovation. The advice of this card is to play by the rules and don’t take risks. This is a card of things known and tested, not the unknown and untried.
This card is known as Lord of Wealth and is represented by Mercury in Virgo. This points to common sense, practical solutions and the need for a keen eye for detail. Being conscientious and thorough is the key to success.
This card also represents the traditional extended family structure (the 10 of Cups refers to “chosen family”).
TarotCraft Reversed Meaning
When reversed or negatively aspected, one might be obsessed with trivial details and unable to see the big picture. Financial loss may be indicated, but it is likely to be temporary and not render a significant impact.
TarotCraft Gift, Invitation, and Challenge
The Gift of the 10 of Pentacles is that you have, and are, enough. You are safe and protected.
The 10 of Pentacles invites you to open yourself up to your next opportunity. You have a firm foundation that can support your future dreams.
The Challenge of the 10 of Pentacles is to not let money and things be more important than people.
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