Five of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:39+00:00
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Five of Pentacles Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


Spending more than you earn.

Difficulty paying your bills.

Experiencing hard times.

Lacking support. Suffering low energy.

Being dependent on charity.

Lack of confidence and low self-esteem.

Being out in the cold. 

Feeling unloved.


No help offered.


Giving up.

Symbolism in Five of Pentacles tarot card

The snow on the ground symbolises being left out in the cold. The snow falling from the sky symbolise few changes in the current circumstances. The black wall symbolises worries. The colourful stained glass window symbolises help and assistance are available if you allow it. The man is wearing a bell, symbolising ill-health (people with leprosy used to be fitted with a bell). The woman walks barefoot in the snow, symbolising having little of material value.

Five of Pentacles tarot card and Astrology

Mercury (Magician) in Taurus (Hierophant)

Five of pentacles tarot card meanings upright

Five of pentacles in a general reading

Five of Pentacles tarot card denotes financial loss and hardship. It can also mean you feel there is no security and your health might be suffering. You might feel you are out in the cold and there is a need to receive help and support. Five of pentacles can mean poverty and isolation. Look at your relationship with money and whether or not anxiety and ignorance are giving you financial grief. You might also need to look at your network and if you allow help from others. The big question is, are you able to help yourself? If this card represents the Seeker on a psychological level, there is a lack of confidence and self-esteem. Remember bills only go away if you pay them. It is time now to deal with your debt before it becomes unmanageable. If you feel your debt already has got the better of you, it is best to consult an expert. Now is the time to make the appropriate action improving your situation. Five of pentacles tarot card often shows up when the Seeker feels they have to prove their worth in some way. 

Five of pentacles in a love reading

In a love reading, Five of pentacles tarot card can denote the Seeker feels unloved and unappreciated by their partner. If the Seeker is single Five of pentacles can mean they feel unlovable and worthless. The Seeker has the belief no one wants them.

Five of pentacles in  a career reading

In a career reading, Five of pentacles can signify the Seeker is relying on welfare. Five of pentacles can also denote working for the dull. In a work situation, Five of pentacles can mean the Seeker feels unsupported in their role. Five of pentacles sometimes denotes working for charities and social work.

Learn what Five of pentacles tarot card means in the Grand Tableau.

Personality types in Five of pentacles tarot card

Five of pentacles tarot card is someone who feels like an outsider and is often drawn towards the bottom end of society. They are often quite unfortunate people with little money. They also experience health issues and are stuck in a pattern of negative thoughts and beliefs about themselves. This is someone who feels something vital is missing from their life. They are overwhelmed and unable to stay on top of things. They need help from others to keep themselves afloat. Five of pentacles tarot people often overcompensate and self-sabotage. 

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Five of pentacles tarot card meanings reversed

Five of Pentacles tarot card reversed indicates disorder and chaos. Not only is there no money, but there is also a lack of spirituality and friendships. People in need are being asked to return to where they came from rather than given a chance to integrate. The organisations that are meant to help are closing down. Five of pentacles tarot card reversed often mean there are increased levels of poverty and debt in the Seeker’s life.

Personality types in reversed Five of pentacles tarot card

Five of pentacles tarot card reversed indicates someone with few real friends and plenty of antisocial tendencies. They try to buy friends and side with whoever they are with in the hope that they will be accepted. Deep down they feel lost in self-pity and are afraid of change in case things get even worse. Five of pentacles people often self-sabotage and don’t really believe they deserve to receive good.

Five Of Pentacles Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Five of pentacles:

Five of pentacles + Ace of wands: An expensive project. Over-investing.

Five of pentacles + Three of wands: Sending money overseas.

Five of pentacles + Five of wands: Fighting to get by.

Five of pentacles + Nine of wands: Poor health.

Five of pentacles + Ten of wands: More work, less money.

Five of pentacles + Knight of wands: Downsizing.

Five of pentacles + Queen of wands: Tested faith.

Five of pentacles + Ace of cups: Relying on charity.

Five of pentacles + Three of cups: Poor company.

Five of pentacles + Six of cups: Unhappy childhood.

Five of pentacles + Eight of cups: Uncomfortable reality.

Five of pentacles + King of cups: A doctor.

Five of pentacles + Ace of swords: Poverty. Thinking you have to be poor.

Five of pentacles + Two of swords: Riding out the hard times.

Five of pentacles + Three of swords: Unhappy relationships.

Five of pentacles + Six of swords: Poor education.

Five of pentacles + Nine of swords: Worrying about money.

Five of pentacles + Ten of swords: Hitting rock bottom financially. Bankruptcy.

Five of pentacles + Knight of swords: Aid worker.

Five of pentacles + Ace of pentacles: Financial improvement. A loan.

Five of pentacles + Three of pentacles: Lack of income.

Five of pentacles + Six of pentacles: A Non-for-profit organisation.

Five of pentacles + Seven of pentacles: Studying. Expensive study.

Five of pentacles + Nine of pentacles: Isolation.

Five of pentacles + Knight of pentacles: Healthcare professional.

Five of pentacles tarot card meanings summary

The main issue seen in Five of pentacles is not a lack of money, but a lack of self-esteem. There is a fear of failing and being made fun of/rejected, which translates into both poor health and little money. If Five of pentacles tarot card shows up for you than it is time for you to invest in yourself. Prove to yourself that you are a success. If you BELIEVE you can, you CAN.


  1. lauren March 3, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    what does 5 of pentacles and knight of cups mean in a love reading?

  2. Inger Bråthen March 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi, Lauren. This card combination can mean that someone wants more love and romance. There is also an opportunity to have more love in your life, however, you will have to put energy into it :)

  3. Cheryl June 14, 2017 at 5:07 am

    What does it mean when tower card crosses the 5 of pentacles in a health reading?

  4. Natalie July 16, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Hello Inger,

    I had asked my guides to show me my soulmate/future love interest before going to sleep. Almost all readings for the past month have stated I would move on from my current relationship (which is in shambles) and meet my soulmate in the later part of this month. During my sleep three cards appeared in my dreams….the 5 of Coins, Knight of Swords, King of Cups overlapping the knight on the right side. Would you be able to decipher this one for me as I am completely stumped.

    Thank you.

  5. L. September 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I have learned and enjoyed learning from your site for a couple years now, thank you so much!!

    Slightly stumped on a feeling outcome , in my method I use 2 cards as clarifiers to give a ‘ story’ to the main card, in this case outcome.
    – knight of swords ( outcome)
    – 4 of pentacles/ 5 of pentacles * ( story narrative clarifiers)
    Any thoughts on this?
    Many Blessings:D!

  6. Inger Bråthen September 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Hi. Knight of swords often denotes when someone is a bit ‘stuck’ in their heads and not so much in touch with their feelings. This person could need to open up a bit emotionally.

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