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The King 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 King of Pentacles represents all the virtues of the earth element. He is a master of money and has great influence over others. He establishes a strong household where his children can be nourished. He makes smart decisions in everything he does.

The King of Pentacles represents all the virtues of the earth element. He is a master of money and has great influence over others. He establishes a strong household where his children can be nourished. He makes smart decisions in everything he does.

The King of Pentacles Overview

Kings in tarot are ruled by air. They're wise, logical, and love solving issues with minimal fuss. They rule their suit, and their judgement is final.

All of the court cards in tarot have a distinct element attached to them. Here is a cheat sheet to help you out:

Page = Earth

Knight = Fire

Queen = Water

King = Air

The Earth King

The King of Pentacles is a combo of earth and air energies. The Suit of Pentacles represents earth. This element relates to health, wealth, career, family, fertility, and personal property. Earth is about everything that's tangible and physically present. Someone who has a lot of earth in their natal chart will be in tune with their senses. They process information by focusing on what they see, hear, taste, smell, and touch.

In a romantic reading, someone with a lot of earth tends to express their love through acts of service and by giving gifts. They're not always quick to respond, and they're not always emotionally giving. But they do make sure that physical resources and money are always available.

Having the King of Pentacles by your side is always a good thing as this is one of the most reliable and trustworthy people in the deck.

The King of Pentacles makes for an excellent father. He teaches his children skills that they can use daily. He is a reliable romantic partner. He excels in business. And he is loved by his community.

The King of Pentacles makes for an excellent father. He teaches his children skills that they can use daily. He is a reliable romantic partner. He excels in business. And he is loved by his community.

Card Alignments

Upright

Boss, career, wealth, administration, business, acumen, pragmatic, decisive, tangible, leadership, security, surplus, fortunate, successful, expert, discipline, abundance.

Reversed

Stubborn, too lavish, materialistic, selfish, narcissistic, financially inept, obsessed with status, focused only on wealth, refuses to share, greedy, hoarder, elitist, dramatic.

Card Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the King of Pentacles sits on a throne. It is engraved with images of bulls, the animal that represents the zodiacal sign of Taurus.

Grapes and vines cover the King's robe, symbolizing wealth, abundance, and fertility. He is Midas and his touch is golden. Wherever he goes, blessings follow. For example, he can turn hay into gold and water into wine.

The King of Pentacles holds a scepter in his right hand and a coin in his left. The King has the ability to create wealth out of anything. His choices are alchemical.

At his feet lay vines, flowers, and plants, which represents the material world following him. Every step he takes is purposeful, and wealth accumulation is easy for him.

The King is proud of his achievements and puts them on display. He is proud of his family, and he wants you to know his kids and their accomplishments.

Tarot Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Element

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Represents

Free Will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)

Thoughts

Emotions

Color

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Animals

Land Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Fish

Music

Percussion

Brass

Woodwinds

Strings

Season

Summer

Spring

Winter

Fall

The Body

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat/Neck, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

Ruling Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Chinese Zodiac Equivalents

Dragon, Monkey, Rat

Snake, Rooster, Ox

Horse, Dog, Tiger

Goat, Pig, Rabbit

Yin and Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Court Cards

Knights

Pages

Kings

Queens

Poker Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Spades

Hearts

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The King of Pentacles relates to matters that are tangible and physically present. Pentacles relate to earth in tarot. Earth's focus is on family, fertility, money, career, and health.

The King of Pentacles relates to matters that are tangible and physically present. Pentacles relate to earth in tarot. Earth's focus is on family, fertility, money, career, and health.

Upright King of Pentacles

A wise King knows how to keep his checkbook balanced and knows where every penny is going. He resists debt and loves investing. The King of Pentacles lives in abundance. He is known for his leadership, his beautiful home, his seemingly perfect family, and his vast wealth. This King could be famous or a bright light in a community.

Above all, the King of Pentacles is responsible with his money. He has a good sense of what should be the highest priorities and doesn't get distracted by flattery. He makes sure all his needs are met, and that all his family's needs are met. No one goes hungry in his household. This man is a faithful provider, a confident partner, and a generous soul. You can do no wrong if this card pops up in a romantic reading.

An Amazing Father

The earth King makes for an excellent father. He gives his children advice that helps them get through school, that helps them develop virtues, and prepares them to have a solid work ethic. He is an excellent resource on financial matters, and he helps his children to stay practical. He teaches them skills that will be useful on a daily basis.

This father or father figure plans ahead. He sets money aside years in advance for college. He sets money aside for his children's weddings. He also has a will that he regularly updates to make sure his family is taken care of should he meet his demise.

Excellent in Many Ways

The King of Pentacles attracts money, and wherever he goes, fortune follows. If you're a boss and you meet someone who identifies with the King of Pentacles, hire him. He'll be a blessing to your business. The King of Pentacles also makes for a good son: he'll care for you when you've become sick and old.

This card encourages you to be practical and make decisions that will benefit you in the long term. Don't get taken by your impulses. Instant gratification typically doesn't last. Focus on essential items, not nonessential items like movies, fashion, new tech, new phones, and the like.

Great Boss

The King of Pentacles is the ultimate business owner. He lives for managing schedules, meeting deadlines, talking to people about the latest and greatest, and so on and so forth. He lives for the details that others may find boring or tedious. The King of Pentacles knows how to get through repetitive work and to have fun while doing it. He always has his eyes on the end goal. He knows that the means and ways to get there are important and that somehow excites him.

Not Always a Man

It should be said: the King of Pentacles isn't necessarily a man. It describes a strong leader of any gender and a competent parent. This is someone who accumulates wealth and property with ease. It often does describe a man, but that's not always the case.

Highly Influential

Because the King of Pentacles accumulates money so easily, he also has a great deal of power and influence. His say is final, and his decisions have far-reaching impact. People listen to him and take him seriously . . . maybe too seriously.

The King is hard-working, attentive, and practical. This person creates a rich life both financially and spiritually. The King of Pentacles doesn't let money lord over him. He likes material things, but money is a servant to him.

If you want to be like the King of Pentacles, you need to be methodical. You must stick to plans and schedules. You're not ruled by impulse, but by slow and strategic maneuvers. You're not easily influenced. You are the one that influences others. You don't take risks. You take calculated moves. You rely on experts, not armchair quacks.

To accumulate money you must prove that you are responsible with money. The King of Pentacles is known for his financial wisdom. Wherever he goes blessings follow.

To accumulate money you must prove that you are responsible with money. The King of Pentacles is known for his financial wisdom. Wherever he goes blessings follow.

Reversed King of Pentacles

When this card is reversed, money is likely moving away from you. Maybe you're not managing your funds well, or something is draining you dry.

If so, you need to look at your spending over the past few months. What kind of financial decisions are you making? Perhaps you're buying too many nonessential things or you're developing a gambling addiction. In a way, buying pointless stuff is a gambling addiction.

Be More Conservative With Money

When this card is pulled in the reverse position, it may be a reminder to stop splurging, to stop buying everything instantly, or to stop buying the most expensive items. Perhaps you've been trying to impress someone, or maybe you're just trying to impress yourself. Get this in your head if this card shows up: your spending habits aren't sustainable. You're likely digging yourself into a hole.

This card could signify that you need to work to control your spending so you don't deplete your bank account. It could be a reminder to save for your future and not just live in the present. The present moment is ephemera and is only here for a little while. Remember that your future is bigger and badder, and it will have revenge on you if you don't set things up for it.

This card could be a sign you need to stop taking on debt and making your future harder to manage. Don't forget that your credit score matters. You need your credit score to buy property and to make big decisions.

Are You Addicted to Money?

The reversed King of Pentacles also indicates that money may have become your master. Do you put money above all else? Are your relationships atrophying because you're so focused on wealth accumulation? If so, you may have the wrong priorities. Perhaps you hoard your money, or are being selfish. Maybe you don't care that other people are less fortunate than you and don't have a charitable bone in your body.

If so, you've either got to cut the ties with your materialistic heart and develop new habits, or you're going to end up alone and hated by everyone. Stop bragging about your money and start working hard to give to others.

Are You Being Too Stubborn?

The reversed King of Pentacles may also reveal someone who is too rigid and stubborn. This person might refuse to listen to others or to take other people's opinions into consideration. They're so hellbent on their own path that they're blind to reality.

You don't want to be this stubborn. The King of Pentacles typically represents a Taurus person, who is known for their bull-headed narrow-mindedness. If this is the case, this card is a reminder to let go of your ego and learn to chill. You can still be ambitious and calm. It's okay to learn from failures. Don't expect perfection, because perfection is an illusion.

Romantic Reading

The King of Pentacles as a suitor would be someone dependable, reliable, and trustworthy. To put it plainly: you're not going to worry about them cheating on you.

This is someone who takes their time to make a decision. They can be slow to move, which can at times be irritating. You'll also have to nudge them from time to time to share their feelings. Those with a lot of earth in their natal chart tend to struggle with communication. They hate being in vulnerable situations.

The King of Pentacles thrives in a beautiful home. They like for things to tickle their senses. The King wants a beautiful partner, they want a clean home, they like well-cooked meals. They can have really high expectations and can sometimes be judgmental. The King of Pentacles employs common sense and likes to be down to earth. This suitor might be turned off by abstract conversations.

He likes to give gifts, reassure you with hugs, and do chores around the house to make your life easier. He isn't one to compliment you all the time. The King likes to stick to a schedule and doesn't really like surprises or spontaneity. He'd prefer to do the same thing every night. A week of doing different things is exhausting.

The King of Pentacles will prioritize money. Your relationship will be blessed in that things will be financially on track. A couple that has their money on track tends to be happy, so this bodes well for a long relationship.

The King of Pentacles isn't too keen on divorce. He'd rather make something work rather than give up. This means he can be stubborn.

My dear reader: he already vetted out the situation before he got attached to you. He has pretty good intuition when it comes to whether something can last or not.

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

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