Knight of Pentacles Overview
All court cards in tarot are related to an element. Pages lend themselves to earth, knights serve fire, queens rule water, and kings champion air.
The Knight of Pentacles is a blend of fire and earth energies. Fire and earth often work in conjunction with each other to foster desire (fire) and manifest that desire into a tangible form (earth).
The Knight of Pentacles may symbolize a person in your life who is stubborn, hard-working, serious, and intense. The card may help you to consider why you're taking things so seriously and whether you should stand your ground on an issue.
Knights in Tarot
Knights are aggressive servants to royals, while Pages are passive servants. Knights are eager to prove themselves, and they see the world as a battlefield. They're not afraid of conflict. They want to be masters of their craft, and they're not afraid of competition. Knights are also more arrogant than Pages and can be so into themselves that they don't see other perspectives. Knights can be insensitive, whereas Pages are generally conscientious.
Knights often represent teenagers and young adults. It's important to note that Knight cards do not necessarily represent men or male figures—a woman could be a knight depending on the reading.
Grit, focused, pragmatic, hard work, productivity, routine, sound logic, conservatism, devotion, seriousness, sincerity, consistent, rigid, deliberate, fierce, purposeful.
Self-discipline, boredom, feeling stuck, burnout, perfectionism, poor listener, uncharismatic, too resistant to change, afraid of risks, too focused on rules.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Knight of Pentacles sits on a draught horse. He holds a gold coin in his hand and does not appear to be in a hurry. He'd rather study possible options before taking action.
In the background, there is a broad field that's been plowed row by row. The card indicates that the Knight is willing to put in the work to get a job done, even if it is boring and tedious work. He isn't thrown off course just because things aren't interesting enough.
The Knight of Pentacles can be considered a master strategist. He is focused on winning and studies the battlefield and every possible move.
Mars, Sun, Jupiter
Mercury, Venus, Uranus
Mercury, Venus, Saturn
Moon, Pluto, Neptune
Yin and Yang
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Head, Heart, Thighs
Neck/Throat, Chest, Legs
Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles
Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet
The Knight of Pentacles represents work, responsibility, and dedication. The Knight gives action to the ideals and dreams that the Page of Pentacles conjures.
The earthy Knight is considered the hardest worker of tarot. He is methodical, detail-oriented, and focused and will do the necessary work to get the results he wants. The Knight isn't afraid of repetition and can do the same routine a thousand times when others would likely get bored and quit.
The word "quit" isn't in this character's vocabulary. This is a person who keeps his commitments, completes his tasks, and is obsessed with getting 100% scores on tests.
If this card represents you, it means you're working tirelessly toward your goals. You have a plan in place that you're following down to the last letter. You may not be a fast worker, but you're diligent. Everyone knows you're dedicated, and people trust you to get your work done. Bosses like to have you on their team.
Fair warning: if you work too hard and require too much of yourself, you'll run the risk of burnout. You need to pace yourself evenly and have tempered goals.
A Reminder to Keep Up the Good Work
If you received this card in the upright position, consider it a sign that you should continue what you're doing. You're on the right track. Don't stop until you get what you want.
The Knight of Pentacles is both a natural planner and a tortoise. He can envision his goals and determine the best route to achieve them but will take things slow and steady. His methods will allow him to win the race.
This card encourages you to keep your promises and to focus on your commitments. People will appreciate you for your consistency, reliability, and determination. Once you start becoming flakey, people will question you and your worth.
You May Have Intense Expectations
The Knight of Pentacles takes it personally when things are not completed or are not up to code. This is someone who demands perfection. They're not okay with weak excuses or partially completed assignments. They make for tough teachers, strict parents, and prized employees.
The Knight of Pentacles reminds you that you need to take care of the daily doldrums:
- Stick to your repetitive schedule.
- Be in love with the daily grind.
- Don't slack on household chores.
- Calendars are divine.
- Reminders and to do lists must be followed.
- Deadlines are final.
- Taxes should be done early.
- Meetings should be on time.
- Always be ready, so you don't have to get ready.
The Knight of Pentacles takes a moderate or conservative approach to things. It's less about instinct and more about planning. You observe before you act. You consider what you really want instead of exploring and experimenting to get to your conclusion.
Stay focused on your goals, and you'll eventually find success. Earth is the slowest moving element, but it's the one that sustains us the most.
The card in this position indicates you may need to work on self-discipline. Perhaps you're not as committed to your goals as you need to be or are leaving things hanging.
Here are some suggestions on how to improve your self-discipline:
- Use timers. Be punctual.
- Study something every day for one hour.
- Have the same bedtime.
- Have a regular exercise routine.
- Write down everything in a planner.
- Use a filing system.
- Tidy up your home weekly.
This card in reversed position suggests that you ultimately need to get back to the basics. Create a sound routine and schedule. Stick to your plans until you get the job done, and don't do things halfway. Give your work your full attention, and remember that sometimes mundane activities are necessary for success. You don't always need to be amazed or stimulated by your surroundings. Sometimes you have to be entertained by gray and beige.
This card could be a reminder to focus on pressing matters and avoid getting taken in by fancy things. Perhaps you need to watch your spending and focus on essential items, not nonessential items like fashion, home decor, and vacations.
You Could Be on the Wrong Track
The Knight of Pentacles reversed may indicate you're on the wrong track entirely. Perhaps you're not enthused by your work no matter what you do or are not working on something related to your passions. You may be only doing what you can from one moment to the next to get a paycheck. You're a great worker, but perhaps you're not in the right job.
Take this as a sign that you may need to work on something else. You're not likely to be happy until you're connected to your passions.
This card could be an invitation to allow yourself to change. Don't be so resistant and rigid. You might be sabotaging yourself because of your fears. Perhaps you're scared that if you let go of a bad job, you won't find any work that interests you elsewhere. This is an opportunity to try something new: get out of your house and meet new people. Follow your heart. If your plans keep failing you and you feel stuck, the only way out will be to change what you're doing.
Remember: continuing to do the same thing over and over with unsatisfactory results is the definition of madness. You eventually need to have a breaking point to try something new.
Perfectionism Could Be Getting in Your Way
This card could be a warning that you're too much of a perfectionist and can never be pleased. You never get anything done because you always see something that can be adjusted. You're too hard on yourself and others and, as a result, might be living a highly dissatisfied life.
Remember: there is no such thing as perfection. Perfection is an illusion. No two people will agree on what is perfect, and you're chasing after the wind if you're chasing after perfection.
This card could be a reminder to soften your approach and gaze. Your dreams might be salvageable if you can temper your expectations.
The Knights in romantic readings often represent suitors. The Knight of Pentacles represents a person who makes for a practical partner. They focus on getting chores done, they stick to budgets, they're conservative with their resources, and they like to pamper their loved ones with goods and money. This is a partner who is reliable and trustworthy. Your life will be blessed with routine and structure.
Your partner might not be the most exciting person ever, but their consistency and attention to detail will be a goldmine. This is a person who avoids debt and looks for ways to optimize savings. The Knight of Pentacles makes for a happy partner because when you're financially secure, you tend to be happy too.
The Knight of Pentacles can get tunnel vision. They're like Taurus who can rage like a bull toward their target, but the bull doesn't see all the movement in their peripheral vision. The bull can be tricked for this reason.
Also, remember that a person like the earthy Knight will be consistent but slow to move and open up emotionally. You'll have to nudge them a lot to get them to talk about their feelings. They can be very guarded people.
This is someone who is taken by physical beauty. They live in their senses, so they're drawn toward pleasant smells, sights, and sounds. The Knight of Pentacles can be very critical, reaching toward perfection. They have high standards and sometimes lack empathy. They can pick on people a little too hard. Sometimes they have to be reminded to be curious, not judgmental.
The Knight of Pentacles wants a relationship that lasts through all seasons. They look for someone they can be with for the long haul. They're interested in health, career, and family. They want to live successful lives, and they don't like acting on whims, improv, or spontaneity.
This is someone who would want to plan a vacation with you instead of surprise you with a weekend getaway.
Tips for Those Who Relate to the Card
Perhaps you really like the sound of the Knight of Pentacles and see the benefits of a dedicated life. It's crystal clear that people want someone like this on their team.
There are some drawbacks to being the Knight of Pentacles, so I have some tips for you if you see yourself in this card.
I would suggest that you learn to lean on others. Remember: you're not always right. Other people's opinions matter. If you get too focused on your own perspective and can't hear other people's input, you will eventually find yourself alone. You won't be considered a team player. Your boss might skip over you when it comes to a potential promotion because you're too self-absorbed.
I would suggest:
- Taking scheduled breaks from your work.
- Writing thank you cards.
- Calling your parents and siblings from time to time.
- Learning new skills to remember what it feels like to not fully know how to do something.
- Aligning yourself with like-minded people who have similar interests.
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© 2021 Andrea Lawrence