Three of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings 2018-02-07T09:58:01+00:00
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Three of Pentacles Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:



Expertise and perfected work.

Job satisfaction.

Taking pride in your work.

Being competent.

Practical solutions.

Great skill and talents.

The ability to deliver.


Skill shortage.

Poor performance.


Symbolism in Three of Pentacles tarot card

The monk is wearing a grey robe symbolising divine balance. His tonsure is symbolising the crown of thorns worn by Christ. The monk symbolises a higher purpose. The man holding the plans for the building is the master architect. He is wearing a Liripipe. Liripipes were worn by medieval academics and symbolises his knowledge. The man standing on the bench is the apprentice. He is learning from the architect. The bench symbolises his practical foundation. His yellow apron symbolises his knowledge. His tunic and boots are violets symbolising the wisdom of his craft. The three of them together symbolise teamwork. The arches represent Vesica Pisces, representing the womb of the Virgin and/or the gateway to the celestial world, denoting everything we accomplish is appreciated by heaven. The Rose Cross ornament symbolises the human body (the cross) and the individual’s unfolding consciousness (the rose).

Three of Pentacles tarot card and Astrology

Mars (Tower) in Capricorn (Devil)

Three of pentacles tarot card meanings upright

Three of pentacles in a general reading

Three of Pentacles tarot card denotes your work, especially where teamwork or listening to clients/customers are concerned. This is a positive card which indicates job satisfaction and taking pride in your work. Look at the big picture and how your work can benefit others. What is the purpose of your work? This card has the energy of being a specialist or expert at something of use for others. This card can also indicate creative work, especially if you are an artist with a special skill or if you are developing a skill in which you will become an expert. There might be hard work when this card is showing up, and you might feel the strain, but if you stay committed and focused, you will succeed. Don’t give up on your ideas just because others don’t agree with them. However, you might have to make a compromise with your clients/customers/colleagues.

Three of pentacles in a love reading

In a love reading, Three of pentacles tarot card speaks of love found at work. If the Seeker is already in a relationship Three of pentacles can mean work comes before the relationship. Three of pentacles can also mean the couple is working together.

Three of pentacles in a career reading

In a career reading, Three of pentacles tarot card signifies skilled work and enjoying teamwork. Three of pentacles can mean careers as architect, designers and construction managers.

Three of pentacles as Feelings

Three of pentacles as feelings can denote the Seeker is feeling ambitious and is enjoying their work.  The Seeker feels a strong connection to their work and their work is most likely a big part of their identity. If you are asking about how someone is feeling about you, Three of pentacles can mean this person is in a growing phase in their lives where they are learning to respect themselves. This person is most likley feeling motivated by you and he/she could also be very impressed by you.

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

Personality types in three of pentacles tarot card

Three of pentacles tarot card is someone who loves their work. They exhibit great skills and talents and are excellent team players. They have great communication skills and know how to deliver exactly what people want. Three of pentacles people are often helping others to reach their potential. Three of pentacles people are prepared to fight for what they believe in and are great problem solvers. Sometimes they are ahead of their time and must stick with their innovations even if no one else understands.

three of pentacles tarot card meanings


Three of pentacles tarot card meanings reversed

Three of Pentacles reversed tarot card indicates a lack of quality in work performance. There might be issues with losing sight of tasks and having little attention to details. The seeker might be unable to deliver what the clients/customers want. Instead of excelling there is mediocrity. There is also a lack of direction. Three of pentacles reversed tarot card often shows up when the Seeker feels they are unsupported in their work. 

Personality types in reversed three of pentacles tarot card

Three of pentacles tarot card reversed indicates someone frustrated with their work conditions and they are often insecure about their own abilities. This is someone who the feels alone in work endeavours and there is a lack of communication skills. There are often issues with anger as well.

Three Of Pentacles Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Three of Pentacles:

3 of pentacles + The Magician: A talented team. Sales team. 

3 of pentacles + The Emperor: A strong team. Stable job. Government jobs.

3 of pentacles + The Lovers: Finding love in the workplace. Loving your job. 

3 of pentacles + Temperance: A humanitarian team. 

3 of pentacles + The Star: Public service careers. 

3 of pentacles + The Moon: Night work. 

3 of pentacles + Judgement: Hiring and recruiting. Human Resource careers. 

3 of pentacles + The World: Overseas jobs. 

3 of pentacles + Ace of wands: A job offer.

3 of pentacles + Three of wands: Writing jobs. 

3 of pentacles + Eight of wands: Travelling with work. Tourism jobs. 

3 of pentacles + Knight of wands: Fun jobs. 

3 of pentacles + Queen of wands: Teaching jobs.

3 of pentacles + Ace of cups: Spiritual team. 

3 of pentacles + Four of cups: Complacency. 

3 of pentacles + Nine of cups: A successful team.

3 of pentacles + Knight of cups: Business travels.

3 of pentacles + Queen of cups: Nursing. Health-care jobs. 

3 of pentacles + Ace of swords: Competitive jobs. Mental jobs.

3 of pentacles + Two of swords: Legal team. 

3 of pentacles + Four of swords: Administration jobs.

3 of pentacles + Six of swords: Science jobs.

3 of pentacles + Eight of swords: Special needs therapist team. 

3 of pentacles + Nine of swords: Mental health work. Stressful team. 

3 of pentacles + Knight of swords: Dangerous work. 

3 of pentacles + Queen of swords: Organisational work. 

3 of pentacles + King of swords: A professional team. The best in the business. 

Three of pentacles tarot card meanings summary

Three of pentacles tarot card is a lucky omen when it comes to abundance as it means you are on your way up the ladder in work. Promotions are likely. Three of pentacles denotes teamwork and skills put to good use. We spend so much time working so it is important that we enjoy ourselves. Three of pentacles denotes competency and pride in the workplace. You feel like you are needed and that your skills are appreciated. 


  1. Rose August 6, 2015 at 2:06 am

    HI Inger!

    I thought you could shed some light on the
    3 of Pentacles as Feelings? Or when recurring in a
    love reading?

    We do Not work together & he does Not love his job. Strictly a relationship reading.


  2. Inger Bråthen August 9, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Three of pentacles is a task oriented card. It denotes someone who likes to get the job done, and enjoys working. In a relationship reading it can mean work takes priority to relationship. If the person is single it can mean there is a love connection at work.

  3. Rose August 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for your response.

    Don’t you think it could be that he:
    a) sees the relationship needs a lot of work/effort b) that he needs to work on himself before he’s ready ?

    He’s actually not ambitious & work never came first. I think he sees me as more mature/ experienced in relationships.

  4. Inger Bråthen August 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Option b. If he is not ambitious and you get three of pentacles I think it is a case of him having lack of self-belief, and he needs to prove himself before he is ready…..or in his mind he runs the risk of abandonment….what other cards did you get?

  5. Rose August 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Yes I think he definitely fears abandonment for another lover, to the point he’ll get rid of me before I can, even though I think he really loved me.

    1 reading was:
    Moon = Him
    3 of Disks = His feelings for me

    Another reading:
    5 of Cups = Him
    3 of Disks = His feelings again

    Other Major Arcana cards that I got repeatedly for him/our relationship:
    Judgement, Justice, Temperance, Tower, & Devil.
    Sounds fun, eh? hahaha

  6. Sarah November 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hi, I asked my tarot cards “how would I recognise my future long term partner” and the cards revealed the three of penacles in reverse….not sure what that means….does it mean he will be someone who is average and lacks ambition? Or does it mean it is someone I know who who needs to work on himself first or does it mean I will meet him anywhere but work….

  7. Inger Bråthen November 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Hi, I believe it could mean he is someone who is working towards self-employment. He could be turning a hobby/passion into a career…

  8. Mera January 18, 2017 at 1:50 am

    what does 3 of pentacles mean in a relationship reading?

  9. Inger Bråthen January 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Hi, Mera. Three of pentacles often relates to work, so in a relationship reading it can mean the couple will work together on a project. If single, it can mean the Seeker will find love at work.

  10. Daiva March 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Hi , I’ve got 3 of pentacles, magician,and 7 of pentacles . My question was What I need to do to change my career?

  11. Inger Bråthen March 10, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Hi, Daiva. I feel like you will change your career by doing what you are best at, and where people appreciate you and notice you. At the moment you are mastering something, and I don’t feel there are a lot of soulfamily where you are currently in your career, which can make it feel heavy. Once you have mastered your skill, apply elsewhere. I feel there is a big change in your career in 6 months time.

  12. julia March 12, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Hi, what about king of cups and three of pentacles in relation to feelings and relationship?

  13. Inger Bråthen March 12, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Hi, Julia. king of cups often shows up when there is a strong friendship in a relationship between the two. Three of pentacles often shows up in a relationship when the couple is spending a lot of time at work, and focusing on career. The key is balance and it can mean that the person wants to have more balance in life in regards to love vs work. I also feel like the key in your situation is to be creative together, as I feel there is a very creative connection between you, and this brings you closer together.

  14. AS April 25, 2017 at 1:35 am

    hi Inger
    I felt my partner is cheating on me so I asked what is the relationship between my partner and the other girl, I got the following
    Three of Pentacles
    Hanged Man
    Eight of Pentacles

    I was told that there is nothing romantic between them but I have a hard time believing. can you please give me your take on these cards…. I asked for past present and future what is the relationship or what will be

  15. LISA TAMAROZZI April 27, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Hi Inger, for a Love reading, a hopeful reconciliation i got 3 Pentacles, 3 swords and High Priestess – What do you think ? does the 3 Pentacles mean he is in a another relationship with someone at work ? Thank you

  16. Rosie April 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hi Inger! I’m sorry to bother you again, but I did the celtic cross reading that you recommended in a previous post. I did it to find out where the direction on my relationship with a man I was dating a few months ago. This is what I got…can you please help me interpret this?

    Card 1. The real situation. Where you stand. : 6 of penecles
    Card 2. The biggest barrier, often relates to how you communicate: Ace of Penecles.
    Card 3. What is the best thing you can do: 8 of cups
    Card 4. Karmic ties, past lives: 7 of penecles
    Card 5. Why are you together: 5 of wands
    Card 6. Future influences: 3 of cups
    Card 7. You, how things look from your perspective: 10 of cups
    Card 8. Your Partner, how things look from his perspective: The star
    Card 9. How your energy flows together: 3 of penecles
    Card 10 + 11 + 12. Most likely outcome: strength, knight of penecles, the heirophant .

    I want to remind you that I’m a taurus and he is a leo. Thank ou for all your help!!

  17. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Hi, Rosie. It looks like you are continuing on a past life where you worried about your money and resources. This lifetime you are meant to find your individuality and unique expression and to follow your passion. You can also turn your passion into your career and possibly even work together. 🙂 You do best when you can work together and fulfill a shared passion together.

  18. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Hi. It can mean he is more focused on work than the relationship at the moment and this is getting in between you.

  19. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

    These cards indicate there is nothing going on between them.

  20. Rosie April 28, 2017 at 9:06 am


    Does this mean that we’ve been involved in previous lifetimes? I don’t understand what the karmic ties card ( 7 of pen mean) and how our energy flows (5 of wands) mean. We do have a lot of arguments and can’t seem to be on the same page on anything this is the reason why we were never able to move forward to a more formal relationship. Actually, I don’t understand any of the card placement! Do you mind breaking it down further? if the last cards in what is the direction of our relationship were strength, knight of penecles, and hierophant does this only mean we will work together in the future? We work in completely different fields and he might be moving to another part of the country! Basically, what I’m trying to find out is (because it has been extremely emotionally draining and unstable) if it’s time for me to move on and let him go OR if he is THE ONE. I haven’t seen him after our big fight almost 5 months ago and haven’t heard from him for almost a month. In previous post you mentioned that there is a lot of love between us YET he doesn’t make a commitment that I want or been waiting for almost a year and half and we can’t seem to be able to move past the initial part of courting (texting and occasionally seeing each other) we can’t even communicate without fighting or having some type of misunderstanding. My birthday is 5/12/1976 and his is 7/30/1979 will you please, PLEASE HELP ME make my decision to either wait for him or cut the cord and find happiness somewhere else. 🙁

    Thank you so much!

  21. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Yes, this relationship will need a lot of work, and if you had a common interest that you could do together as a project, for example, I think it would bring you a lot closer. He is a 9 life path and you are a 4 life path. That can be a difficult combination for a long term future unless you have a lot in common. He can be a soulmate, but perhaps not your most Ultimate Divine soulmate.

  22. ninibae May 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    hello Inger!
    Thank you so much for answering my two questions last week.
    can i ask you one more question pls?

    I asked my cards why I saw my ex in my dream (we both were in the same place/event, he was with his friends talking very loudly). I pulled 2 cards: Ace of swords & 3 of pentacles, both upright. Ace of swords is about new beginings & 3 of pens is about team work, but how should i read these two cards for question? ..

    Also I asked if he will contact me? i got three of swords and king of cups both upright. . i think the three of swords is kind of NO, but king of cups is such a good card,, how should i read it? MAYBE ?

    Thank you so much for your help. x

  23. Inger Bråthen May 3, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I feel like he is thinking about contacting you, but is worried about how it will go….

  24. Angela July 5, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Hi Inger!
    I am just a beginner with Tarot and I wonder if you can shed some light on a reading for me? I asked about by boyfriend’s feelings for me and I got Devil, 3 of Pentacles, and 8 of Swords. I’m not sure how to read this as the 3 of pentacles and 8 of swords seem to be contradictory cards. We are currently involved in a long-distance relationship and we haven’t been physical yet but the desire is there. Any thoughts/feelings/impressions that you have would be Greatly Appreciated! :o) Thanks!

  25. Inger Bråthen July 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Hi. The contradictory in the cards could indicate your boyfriend is having some insecurities in regards to this relationship. Devil card is a very passionate card, but it can also mean he is a bit jealous.

  26. Angela July 8, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Thank You so much! Yes, he does have some jealousy issues I believe. (He has Scorpio as a major aspect in his chart.) Do you have any advice that you can give me regarding his insecurities?
    Thank You Again!

  27. Inger Bråthen July 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

    The best thing to do is to be honest and sincere, and not playing any games or date anyone else when you are dating him. Due to the long distance, it can mean he wonders what you are doing when you are not talking with him. At the same time, you must keep in mind that his issues are what he is working through and it is part of his earth-journey to evolve past this.

  28. Karen July 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Why are there no Pentacle combinations?

  29. Beatriz August 21, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Hello Inger,
    I just found your blog and I find it really enlightening, but I just have this question I heard somewhere that the three of pentacle could also mean pregnancy, what do you think ? 🙂

    Best regards

  30. Inger Bråthen August 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Hi, Beatriz. I haven’t seen three of pentacles showing up as pregnancy, however, if you layout your tarot cards and you get a lot of the number 6 (6 in numerology) showing up, such as 6 of wands, the devil (15=1+5=6), the lovers, etc, then this means you are in a very fertile period, and it could be a lot easier to get pregnant.

  31. Peter Law August 23, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Inger

    I just did a reading on what will be the outcome of my connection with this girl: (Upright cards)

    We do keep in touch online once or twice a week, or work with her on a project. Recently she asked me “why did you treat me so good, care so much about me?” .. still thinking about her previous rejection I replied, “you think too much”, but deep inside me I was like “well, you should know why”… She said she was touched…

    (1) The Past – 5 of Cups
    (2) Present Situation – the Lovers
    (3) Near Future – Ace of Swords
    (4) Immediate Situation/ Me – Ace of Wands
    (5) Surrounding Energies – The Empress
    (6) Hopes & Fears – Strength
    (7) The Outcome – 3 of Pentacles

    Below is my previous reading, after she rejected me much earlier on:

    (1) How you feel about yourself – The Tower
    (2) What you want most right now – Justice
    (3) Your fears – The World
    (4) What is going for you – The Moon
    (5) What is going against you – The Fool
    (6) The likely outcome – Death

    Is there a possibility of love developing? and into a strong commitment coming between us?
    Please advise. Thanks very much. Peter

  32. Beatriz August 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you so much for your answer and the information. 😁
    Best regards

  33. Izabela September 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Hiya, i asked how can i improve my university situation right now? (As im only starting but im facing a lot of obstacles , & also th course is interior design).. The cards i got are ; the devil reversed and three of pentacles, what do i make of it ?

  34. Inger Bråthen September 21, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Hi. The devil reversed means to avoid being distracted from your studies. There is a lot of work to do but you can absolutely do it. You just need to focus away from distractions.

  35. Erna Signý Jónsdóttir September 22, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Hello Inger

    thanks for a wonderful page
    I would like to ask you if you wanted to read three cards for me?
    I asked about my work
    1. The card was past 2 of swords
    2. The card was now 3 of pentacles
    3. The card was the future of a page of cup
    Thanks in advance

  36. Inger Bråthen September 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    This card combination creates an arrow of communication and progress so I feel you will get noticed for your skills and talents. You will be putting yourself front and centre and get a lot of attention for your skills.

  37. Rickey September 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Hi Inger, what would you say about the 3 of pentacles as “how someone sees you”?? 3 of pents came up with in a spread in the position of “how my love interest sees me” we don’t work together, although she works on the same street I live on and she sees me sometime. does three of pentacles mean she sees me as attractive or what?

  38. Inger Bråthen October 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Hi, Rickey. She most likely sees you as professional and skilled person.

  39. Susan November 12, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Hi Inger,

    I believe that my partner is keeping a major secret from me, and pulled 3 cards.
    First being the queen of cups, second the three of pentacles in reverse, thirdly the devil card.
    Are you able to give more clarity on this card combination and if it indicates any secrets kept?
    Thanks so much!

  40. Inger Bråthen November 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Hi. Susan. These cards don’t indicate secrets. They do indicate that he is not very happy at work at the moment, however, I feel that will change soon.

  41. TK June 15, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Hi Inger,

    I asked my cards if an old flame now thought of me and why, and I got the three of pentacles clarified by the queen of pentacles? He claimed we should part ways because there was no spark but I felt like that was a lie…

    What does that combo mean ?

  42. Ingie from TW June 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Hi, this combo can mean his work (three of pentacles) takes priorities. Queen of pentacles can mean he is also very set in his life and does not like change. Time will tell if he changes his mind. When cup cards start appearing it can mean he is waking up to love.

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