Five of Pentacles – Minor Arcana



The Five of Pentacles points to a feeling of financial insecurity – or bankruptcy. As the image shows you have been left in the cold!

Work can be either burdensome or non-existent when this card appears, and you may be feeling stuck. Know that you do not have to stay in a situation that is not healthy or workable for you, have faith in yourself and the universe that changes are possible.

Reconsider things; don’t be too proud to ask for it. There is always something that can be done to put food on the table. This period is temporary. Be sure you are getting good, workable advice.

We must also look at these two figures differently: They may have done something which resulted in them being turned out onto the street.  They may have destroyed a family reputation or an affair has been exposed.  They may have got caught up in illegal business deals and now find doors and opportunities closed in their face.

The scene in The Five of Pentacles can also depict the burden of being a single parent, feeling like you are dragging your child along with you everywhere you go, with little help or assistance.  It can also represent the despair of a mother trying to find medical help or a cure for her sick child but surrounding cards would need to support this.  The Figure in front may also feel that the young figure behind is holding them back or is an obstacle to them be accepted by certain people or in certain quarters.  It can also indicate caring for one who is ill.

The young crippled figure in this card can symbolize the broken dream and fractured goal of ambition of the main figure.  It hobbles behind, it represents the financial baggage that can result when plans fail, businesses collapse and jobs are lost.  The crippled figure may represent unhealthy bank accounts, debts and mounting bills that are slowing down the figure in front.  Progress and recovery will be slow indeed.  Pentacles are not afraid of hard work.


You may have your eye on someone who you feel is not treating you the way they should. It may be that you need to stop fantasizing about this person entirely.


Loss of job, being fired.




Recession, Bad luck, Single parent struggle, , Being Charitable, Social Welfare, Pride, Fear of Scarcity, Health Problems, Illness, In Sickness and In Health, Separation/Divorce, Turning Away from The Material World, Giving up Everything.

Bea Kobran

Holistic Therapist, Intuitive Counselor, Psychic Reader in Palm Beach, FL
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