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Court Cards: Knight of Pentacles

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Rider-Waite Knight of Pentacles

Rider-Waite Knight of Pentacles

A Slow Knight

The Knights of the tarot are the do-ers, the go-getters. They represent the active element of their suits. Each Knight has to work with what his suit has given him, i.e. his traits and actions are defined by the qualities of swords, pentacles, cups, or wands. So some Knights are more active than others. The Knight of Swords moves at a frightening pace once he has made up his mind about something; the Knight of Wands dashes about all over the place, never making up his mind about anything. The Knight of Cups ambles around looking for love in all the wrong places. Our Knight of Pentacles moves with maddening slowness—what exactly is going on with this son of the realm?


The Knight of Pentacles sits, still as a statue on his solid cob. He faces right, towards the east and the rising sun. He wears full armor with a red tunic over it and red gloves. His horse wears a red bridle and matching crupper. The Knight holds a gold pentacle in his right hand. The background is rolling farmland. A plowed field indicates that this is late winter or very early spring. The sky is yellow.

Symbolism of the Knight of Pentacles







Green, brown gold





Beginning, optimism


Plowed field


Capricorn, Libra, Taurus




In a Reading

Be pleased if this card shows up in your reading. The Knight of Pentacles is a good card. It may be exhorting the seeker to take on some of his steady characteristics, in other words, slow down and take measured steps towards your goal, or to disentangle yourself from an unwanted situation. The card may hint at someone who has (or will have) a lot of influence in the seeker's life. He may well be the seeker himself.

Knight of Pentacles from the Housewives' Tarot

Knight of Pentacles from the Housewives' Tarot


Your first impressions of this character may not be particularly arresting. He may come across as quiet at best, uncommunicative at worst. He probably won't smile a lot, laugh, or tell jokes. You can tell he prefers to listen than to be the center of attention. People will tell you he works hard and is determined. They might also say he lacks the sparkle that would make him stand out from the crowd. You might be inclined to say, “Meh,” and walk away. You'd be making a big mistake.

Yes, all those things are true, but there is so much more to this Knight than meets the eye. He is not showy, or talkative. He's not the best at romance, that's for sure. However, this personality may be exactly what you are looking for. The Knight of Pentacles is straight and true. He is reliable, hardworking, and completely dependable. Oh boring! I hear you say, where's the fun? Where's the excitement? Well, it's there all right. You might just have to be patient before he reveals his true nature to you.

The Knight of Pentacles is conservative. He is a traditionalist. He likes routine and he likes things done in a certain way. Nevertheless, underneath there is a creative soul, a passionate lover, and an amazingly intuitive personality. He's not the partying type, but he will sit with a sick baby all night. He takes care of the people he loves. He hides his pain in order not to upset others. He is fiercely loyal and deeply committed. People who get close to him and who are willing to allow him to be himself discover that he is witty, clever, intelligent, and an all-round good guy.

Reversed Knight

The reversed Knight of Pentacles is stubborn, narrow-minded, pernickety, and boring. He does not have that interesting extra layer that his upright counterpart has. He has a jaundiced view of the world and tends to be very closed-in. He appears to dislike humanity and is usually a loner. He hates change and resists all persuasion to improve his life. The appearance of this reversed Knight can mean that the seeker is stuck in a very deep rut and is completely unwilling to get out of it. In a relationship reading, it seems that both partners are separate within the partnership. There is no point of contact or common ground where they could sort out their problems. In a career reading, this one's going nowhere.

Love and Relationships

You know the old cliché... “still waters run deep”? Well, this Knight has very deep waters. Pentacles are the 'earth' suit, thus he is deeply connected to the physical world. He is a very sexy personality, but no-one except you may ever discover that. Once he makes a commitment to another, he is there for life. He is willing to make changes if it makes his love happy, but don't expect him to turn into someone he couldn't possibly be. If the relationship fails, it is not usually he who initiates the ending.

As a husband, you couldn't wish for better, although there will be times when you wish he was just a little less staid. As he gets older, he may well morph into a King of Pentacles and loosen up a lot. He becomes more comfortable with himself and other people. The Knight of Pentacles is also a good father. He is willing to learn to be the best parent he can be.

Careers and Money

This is a good card to turn up in relation to both careers and money. He may not be the most obvious choice to reach the top of his profession but his unceasing hard work will get him there in the end. If he runs his own business, expect slow but steady growth. The Knight of Pentacles is not enormously well-off, especially when young, but there may well be family money due to him. He is also quite capable of building wealth through his own efforts.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is the Knight of Pentacles positive in the outcome of legal matters?

Answer: When the Knight of Pentacles comes up in response to a legal question, it means that there could be things going on without you knowing. This card encourages you to dig deeper to find the truth. It also means you have to keep going, hang on in there, don't give up hope.

Question: Does the Knight of Pentacles indicate that I will get a government job in next few months?

Answer: The Knight of Pentacles is the perfect card to represent such a job. This knight is hard-working, meticulous and difficult to distract from any project once he has his mind focussed on it. So if you got this card in response to your question, the answer is a resounding 'Yes'!

© 2013 Bev G

Do You Like This Knight?

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 29, 2015:

My pleasure Bev. You're welcome.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 29, 2015:

I love the Knight of Pentacles, Kristen. I'd marry him if I could! Thanks so much.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 28, 2015:

Bev, this was interesting to know about the knight of pentacles and what he stood for in a deck of tarot cads. Voted up!