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King of Pentacles Meaning - Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


King of Pentacles Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
abundance, prosperity, security, ambitious, safe, kind, patriarchal, protective, businessman, provider, sensual, reliable greed, materialistic, wasteful, chauvanist, poor financial decisions, gambler, exploitative, possessive
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King of Pentacles Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

King of Pentacles Tarot Card Description

The King of Pentacles refers to a man of high ambition, materialistic satisfaction, and worldly success. The King of Pentacles is sitting on a throne that is adorned with vines and bull carvings, and the robe that he is wearing is embroidered with many images of grapevines. He looks sophisticated and regal. He is also surrounded by different types of plants, vines, and flowers which depicts this king’s attainment of materialistic success. He holds a scepter in his right hand and the coin with a pentacles engraved on it in his left hand. The castle can be seen behind him, which is a symbol of his determination and effort.

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Upright King of Pentacles Meaning

When we meet the King of Pentacles, we feel immediately his regal and generous presence. He is a provider and a protector, for under his care is a flourishing and abundant kingdom where its citizens are prosperous and encouraged to grow. He is naturally responsible and reliable, and through the wisdom granted to him by his suit, he has grown all that he has acquired from practically nothing. To see him in the cards is to envision success - one that was won by earnest work.

He is a provider and a protector, for under his care is a flourishing and abundant kingdom where its citizens are prosperous and encouraged to grow.

Generally, this card reminds us to stay in control of our energy and our resources in pursuit of a larger goal. When it comes to work, the King of Pentacles may refer to a more established man who will pay a significant role in your career. This man can be wise and rational, but he may also be careless when passing judgment. He can be your biggest supporter, but be prepared to receive unsolicited and harsh criticism. In love, this can indicate that the person that you’ve been waiting for can come along and will love you for who you are.

With regards to finances, the King of Pentacles is one of the best cards to receive. This may mean that your financial situation is stable as a result of your wise investments and hard work. In case you are taking a gamble, be sure to initiate a calculated action.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
generous provider, serious relationship, emotionally and financially secure success, encouraging mentor, referrals, good reputation financial milestone, saving, investing, supporting loved ones, indulging

Tarot Love Meaning - Upright King of Pentacles

Successful, generous, dependable and protective, the person represented by the King of Pentacles makes for a great partner, parent, and provider. He is demonstrative of his love through action instead of words, and looks to create a stable and loving home for his family. If you meet this person, they may be slow to make a commitment, but this is only because they take love very seriously, and need to truly understand you before taking any next steps. While not representing a person, the King of Pentacles can suggest a time in your relationship which is secure and stable. The two of you will be very comfortable, both emotionally with each other, and materially. You may have worked very hard in the past to enjoy your current standards of living, and you can now relax.

Career Meaning - Upright King of Pentacles

In a professional context, the King of Pentacles can be an outstanding indicator of a successful business venture. When it comes to your work and your career, this King achieves his highest ambitions and has a great reputation amongst his colleagues. This card can additionally indicate that someone with more experience will mentor and encourage you in your chosen field. This person will have lots of experience, and can give you much needed support, and sometimes even recommendations to new jobs, or promotions.

Finances Meaning - Upright King of Pentacles

When it comes to finances, the King of Pentacles represents an achievement of a financial milestone. Perhaps you have reached a level of security that comes from being diligent and wisely saving and investing. Since this King is also generous, you may also be using your newfound wealth to support loved ones, while enjoying the luxuries that you may have missed out on while you were saving. Indulge a little, you deserve it.

Reversed King of Pentacles Meaning

When reversed, the King of Pentacles falls from his throne. Once the king of a prosperous kingdom, it has been taken away from him, or lost. Disconnected from the energy of his suit, he may have been impatient, he may have been too indulgent, he may have gambled too far and overstretched himself, he may have sought shortcuts that led him to ruin. He may become too focused on the material, only understanding the cost of things, and never their value.

He may become too focused on the material, only understanding the cost of things, and never their value.

The King of Pentacles reversed may also signify that your definition of success and happiness is only determined by outer appearances, and not by the true value that security and stability can bring to you. It is a time for you to cultivate an more wholistic attitude to the material world to find an authentic happiness. In terms of love, this card can mean that someone dear to you is currently facing issues due to matters concerning his or her career.

When it comes to finances, the King of Pentacles reversed is telling you to look at the long-term goal. You may be facing financial issues but do not look at yourself as a failure. Stay positive and understand that this is just a phase in your life. When given the chance again, do not make choices based only on the short-term picture. 

The King of Pentacles' appearance in a reading can indicate some sort of material loss or loss in reputation - beware that you do not replicate his mistakes.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
materialistic, greedy lover, being used, controlling poor reputation, unsuccessful at work, being discouraged financial loss, debt, poor financial decisions, stinginess

Tarot Love Meaning - Reversed King of Pentacles

Reversed, the King of Pentacles is stubborn, conservative, greedy and materialistic. They may do practically anything to get their hands on more resources; so be wary of characters in your love life that may only be using you. On one hand, this person may be irresponsible and unreliable, choosing to gamble away their resources. On the other hand, this person can use their material means as a way of controlling their partner and their family. If this doesn’t signal a person in your love life right now, the King of Pentacles tarot love meaning can suggest a period of emotional or financial insecurity, jealousness, manipulation or coercion.

Career Meaning - Reversed King of Pentacles

When it comes to work, the reversed King of Pentacles can signal unsuccessful work projects, or at worst, the closing of a business, or the loss of job. There can be a lot of instability when it comes to work. You may be tired of your job, and this can highly affect the quality of your work as your motivation drops. Sometimes, this card can also signal  a ruthless person at work may discourage you or try to undermine you. It is important to ignore his negativity and focus on what you need to do. Engaging with such selfish, greedy and manipulating people will only drag you down. Instead, concentrate on your own career and doing your best. If you’ve been looking for a promotion or a raise, the King of Pentacles can sometimes point to you needing more experience.

Finances Meaning - Reversed King of Pentacles

In a monetary context, the reversed King of Pentacles can suggest a financial loss, or in the worse case scenario, bankruptcy ad debt. Financial resources can be very tight now. You may have gambled away your savings, or made poor financial decisions. Alternatively, the reversed King of Pentacles can signal that you may be hoarding your resources, and your stinginess may make others think negatively of you.

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