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The Ace of Pentacles in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Ace of Pentacles begins the suit associated with the earth element. It focuses on wealth, health, and longevity.

The Ace of Pentacles begins the suit associated with the earth element. It focuses on wealth, health, and longevity.

The Suit of Pentacles

The Ace of Pentacles is sometimes called the Ace of Coins or the Ace of Diamonds. The card is a symbol of the Garden of Eden. It is about the beginning of paradise, the first memories of our connection to the planet, and the victory of health.

The two mountains on the card exist outside of the Garden and symbolize the hardships of duality. When you are disconnected from the Garden of Eden, your conscious and subconscious come out of balance. We have to consciously move toward the Garden—the inner voice—in order to have a good relationship with the self. Tarot's main objective is to teach on the conscious and subconscious levels in order to bridge them together.

This card goes well with the Lovers or Two of Cups, which both refer to the first couple of many religions, Adam and Eve.

The Garden of Eden is important to study for the purpose of this card. It will help you begin your journey to understanding the Suit of Pentacles.

Card Description

A hand holding a large coin emerges from the clouds. The hand is offering the coin to anyone freely. It is a gift that offers lessons from the Suit of Pentacles—the suit that represents earth.

The gift from the clouds is physical matter. Energy is given permission to express itself as matter. Your body is a gift that was prepared for you. Your body formed in the womb through nourishment from your mom.

The card represents new opportunities, especially those connected to wealth. This could be a new job, a promotion, a passive income opportunity, or an amazing freelance gig.

You're encouraged to accept the offer and turn it into something meaningful. The coin is yours to develop. With one penny, you're encouraged to build a fortune. It is the first single-cell organism that evolves into many more creatures.

In the background of the card, a path leads to an archway. The landscape is lush with flowers and fruits, and the mountains rise high into the sky. The verdant imagery invites you to play among the flowers, live your life, and chase after health, wealth, and legacy. Don't bury your coin in the ground and dismiss the gift that is life.

It will require hard work and determination to build your fortune. Scaling up mountains isn't easy, and it will take all that you've got to climb them. The Ace of Pentacles encourages you to make the most of your opportunities.

The pentagram is a popular symbol among cultures and religions dating back to Babylonian times. It has been adopted by Christians, Jews, Wiccans, and many more.

The pentagram is a popular symbol among cultures and religions dating back to Babylonian times. It has been adopted by Christians, Jews, Wiccans, and many more.

Card Alignments


A new financial career, connection to God, legacy created, victory, stability, home, opportunity, prosperity, manifestation, abundance, the Garden of Eden, family harmony.


Lost opportunity, lost souls, limbo, uncertainty, divorced from reality, alternate reality, separated, infamous, wandering, corruption, materialistic, lack of planning, no foresight.

Tarot Suits













Land Mammals










Rhythm / Percussion




Suited Face Cards





Poker Equivalents






Freewill; Vitality of Power

The Body; Material Resources

Thoughts; Vitality of Mind

Emotions; Matters of the Heart

The Body

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat, Chest, Legs

Arms, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra, Feet


Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Yin or Yang





Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden is a central location in several different religions. It's important to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is sometimes called the Terrestrial Paradise.

The name comes from the Akkadian edinnu, from the Sumerian word edin meaning plain or steppe. Eden is also closely related to an Aramaic root word for fruitful, well-watered. The word is also associated with the Hebrew word for pleasure. Eden can then be translated to mean a paradise of pleasure.

The Garden of Eden is described as the source of four Mesopotamian tributaries. Among scholars who believe it was real, they point to the head of the Persian Gulf, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers run into the sea. Armenia is also mentioned as a place for the legendary garden.

The story in Genesis echoes the Mesopotamian myth of a king who was placed in a luxurious garden to protect the Tree of Life. The story has been passed down from different cultures and adapted each time with a different flair.

Some Jewish scholars believe in two types of spiritual places for the Garden of Eden. The lower Garden of Eden is for mortals and terrestrials. The higher Garden of Eden is for celestials and immortal souls. The higher garden is called the Garden of Righteousness. It is said to appear at the end of time.

In modern Judaism, when history has completed itself and arrives at the ultimate destination then everyone will return to the Garden of Eden. The end goal is utopia for all.

Adam and Eve

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve meet. They're connected to God, but one day a serpent tempts Eve to eat a piece of forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve takes a bite. She then finds Adam and encourages him to try the fruit. He takes a bite.

Their eyes are opened. They realize they're walking around the garden without clothes. God had asked them not to eat the fruit from the tree. For their disobedience, Adam and Eve are kicked out of the garden. But the punishments don't end there: Eve is cursed to have worse birthing pains, and the serpent was cursed for tricking the couple. He could no longer walk on his feet; he would forevermore have to crawl on his belly.

The pentacle is a coin with a pentagram on it. In feng shui, the circle of the coin would represent the creative cycle. The pentagram represents the destructive cycle.

The pentacle is a coin with a pentagram on it. In feng shui, the circle of the coin would represent the creative cycle. The pentagram represents the destructive cycle.

Upright Ace of Pentacles

The Ace cards introduce people to suits. In this case, it's earth. There is something important here to recognize: the card is an invitation to learn more about the earth.

An Ace card is one of initiation. This card reminds you that you're a soul inside of a physical body. The conscious mind and subconscious mind can fully express themselves when contained in matter. The Garden of Eden is considered a physical plane where physical bodies can express themselves. You should have a desire to live and pursue a happy life.

To be connected to a paradise will result in a legacy of wealth, health, and longevity. To be disconnected from paradise will result in poverty, illness, and grief.

The Earth Element

The Aces always represent new beginnings, opportunities, and potential. The Suit of Pentacles deals with the material world: wealth, health, and the physical manifestation of your goals. The earth element is about what is tangible: solid ground, comfort food, and the five senses.

When this card appears, you may have a new opportunity coming your way. You might get hired for a job, a scholarship, or an adventure into the wild. The Ace of Pentacles promises that if you follow it, you'll find prosperity and abundance. Your needs will be met, and you will come into harmony with the physical realm.

Earth is what you need to build your life. It gives us boundaries, it gives us matter, and it helps us slow down. Of the four elements, earth moves the slowest. The continents and islands are slowly shifting. You don't stare at a mountain and see it shifting. It slowly rises or falls back into the ground. Air moves so fast that you can't see it. Fire quickly overwhelms and spreads. Water quickly moves to fill a space. When any of these elements move too fast they become destructive.

Know the Seed You Plant

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are encouraged not to take the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But what if they had taken from a different tree? What if they had accepted an invitation from something else? What if they had accepted fruit from God rather than the serpent?

The Ace of Pentacles is that invitation for prosperity and abundance. Follow the suit's messages, and it will teach you how to sustain your wealth, health, and longevity. This path is deeply spiritual as it teaches you how to flourish and to consider how you would live your life eternally.

Consider the Ace of Pentacles as a seed with which you could grow and raise your own paradise. You have the ability in you to create a beautiful household that is in alignment with nature. In order to follow this path, you must be willing to give up your curses. You don't have enough room in your pockets to hold onto both the pentacle and the poison.

Let's think of the pentacle like a seed again. It's up to you whether you will nourish the seed and help it to grow or whether you'll toss it to the ocean.

This card is a green light. It encourages you to go. You're drawn to the light. You're curious about its promises. That light is at the beginning of your journey. As you follow the light, things will become more tangible. Keep your eyes open for chances to manifest your dreams.

Card Lessons

The card encourages you to carefully plan. Be organized with your resources. Stay focused despite the chaos you'll inevitably encounter. Those who know how to handle their resources will be given more, and they'll succeed.

The suit is trying to remind you that your currency isn't just in material resources. Your currency is your happiness. Your currency is love.

You deserve all the good things that come your way because you care for others, and you want them to have their needs met.

The Ace of Pentacles is a symbol of new beginnings, especially when it comes to finances and physical resources.

The Ace of Pentacles is a symbol of new beginnings, especially when it comes to finances and physical resources.

Reversed Ace of Pentacles

In the Reversed Ace of Pentacles, you are dropping the coin rather than receiving it. You've taken and eaten bad fruit. The seed from the fruit isn't good, and you're hesitant to move forward because you don't trust that there are good seeds.

This card indicates you're having a hard time moving forward or even getting started. Instead of seeing or even finding a green light, you see red everywhere. You're standing in the way of yourself in many ways. Perhaps you're addicted to self-sabotage.

If you don't move forward, you'll protect yourself from bad opportunities, but from good ones too. What you need to do is reflect on your situation and adjust your alignment. You should listen to yourself if you see everything as a red stoplight and consider why you're seeing red. What's at the root of it? You might fear rejection, you may have been burned too many times, or maybe you're recovering from a bad situation.

This card could be an indication that your stress level is too high, so you need to lower your baseline stress. Learn stress coping mechanisms, so you can be in better alignment with yourself.

Heal Your Intuition

Now is the time to heal. Trust your intuition, so you can empower your future and accept good offers again. You should spend time alone to be with your thoughts and address the negative ones. You need to break the negative thought cycle in order to breed positive thoughts and start managing your wealth and health.

Don't move forward with an offer until you're ready. If you're not in the right place mentally, you could end up being a destructive force and preventing growth. You want to go forwards not backwards.

False Financial Promise

The Reversed Ace of Pentacles is a warning that an opportunity before you will fall flat. The money promised out of the offer won't come to fruition. Don't spend money that you don't have. Make sure your money is deposited in the bank. Go on a path that will serve you so that you can serve others.

Plans Will Protect You

You should plan for emergencies. If you haven't planned for financial emergencies, you will run the risk of going bankrupt. You need to earn more, spend less, and optimize your savings. Think before you buy. Consider how you'll feel about your purchase two days from now, two weeks, two months, or even two years from now.

Your goals might also be unrealistic and that's why you're having trouble getting started. Did you think becoming a published poet with several books was going to happen overnight or that you could just publish online and make a huge fortune? You don't simply walk into The New Yorker and get published on the spot. It takes hard work, dedication, and an acceptance that you'll be rejected and have setbacks along the way.

The Reversed Ace of Pentacles encourages you to do practical budgeting and planning before you take action. Spend more time in the planning stage and your ideas will be better supported.

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.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence