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The Six 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 Six of Pentacles encourages you to have a generous spirit. The card is about a redistribution of wealth, so that those who are in need will be supported.

The Six of Pentacles encourages you to have a generous spirit. The card is about a redistribution of wealth, so that those who are in need will be supported.

Basic Information About the Six of Pentacles

After the horrors of the Five of Pentacles, the two people depicted on the card who were walking in the snow have found help. A merchant weighs money on scales and distributes it to the two people. As such, the Six of Pentacles card represents a redistribution of wealth—a plea for justice and equality has been answered. The card signifies that the wealth gap has been closed and that now things are more balanced.

This card questions the motives of charity. Do people give because they're caring and concerned about others, or do they give because it gives them a good reputation and social status?

When few have wealth and the majority struggle to survive, an out-of-whack power dynamic is indicated. The wealthy shouldn't govern over the poor; we should be governed by a system of laws that help keep order. The wealthy should share their fortune. When there are giant wealth gaps, it indicates that society is broken. We're not in touch with our community when we're always chasing after dollar bills. Greed is what breaks our obligations to society.

The scales depicted on this card are symbols of balance and imbalance and are also the symbol for the astrological sign of Libra. This card may symbolize a Libra in a person's life.

The main lesson of the Six of Pentacles: when our monetary systems are out-of-balance, so too are our relationships. Your relationship with yourself is out of tune when you're too focused on material gain. You don't want the material to govern over the spirit—this leads to calamity.

Reversed, the card suggests you're having problems with jealousy, illusions, and desire. Perhaps you want more than you need—your needs are already met, but you can't be satisfied. Or perhaps you are giving away more than what you can spare.

Eventually, things must come into a balance. Fairness, justice, and equality are persistent. The Six of Pentacles closes the wealth gap and redistributes fortunes.

Eventually, things must come into a balance. Fairness, justice, and equality are persistent. The Six of Pentacles closes the wealth gap and redistributes fortunes.

Card Alignments

Upright

Generosity, balance, charity, understanding, receiving, giving, redistribution of wealth, higher taxes, equality, justice, Libra, sharing, no debts, canceled debts, contentment.

Reversed

One-sided charity, excessive debt, lower taxes, wealth gap, no middle class, self-care, conceit, inflation, economic disparity, imbalance, individuality at the cost of others.

Tarot Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSwordsCups

Element

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Represents

Free-will

The Body (Physical Manifestation)

Thoughts

Emotions

Color

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Animals

Land Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Fish

Numbers

1, 5, 9

2, 6, 10

3, 7, 11

4, 8, 12

Seasons

Summer

Spring

Winter

Fall

The Body

Heart, Head, Thighs

Throat, Chest, Legs

Arms, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra, Feet

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

Temperature / Texture

Hot & Dry

Cold & Dry

Hot & Wet

Cold & Wet

Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Yin or Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Poker Card Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Spades

Hearts

Court Cards

Knight

Page

King

Queen

A generous spirit will set you free. Your social contract increases with generosity. Your social contract is broken with greed.

A generous spirit will set you free. Your social contract increases with generosity. Your social contract is broken with greed.

Upright Six of Pentacles

I would call this the Robin Hood card. It's about taking from the rich and giving to the poor. The card indicates that the wealth gap is shrinking and that there is more balance in the world when people give and share.

Sadly, our world has a tough time with concepts like giving and sharing. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. Wealth distribution shouldn't be so complicated, but people hoard wealth, show it off, and lose sight of the community around them. Barriers are put in place to prevent people from rising into the upper classes.

We're all born humans, but some people want to have all the power. We should all be from the same class, but this isn't how society functions (at least not presently). There are so many fractures in our economy because of the ever-growing division among the rich and poor. The best solution is to close the gap. Improve our shared infrastructure so that fewer people are struggling in poverty.

Having a full bank account makes you feel good, but there does come a time when you have to question whether your wealth is excessive or just right. Robin Hood comes into play when the poor are getting taxed but the rich are somehow above the law. People who need money should receive it.

Important note: these are the card teachings. It may sound like a political slant, but it's what the Six of Pentacles notes about society. This card is deeply in tune with the ideals of Libra, which have to do with harmony, togetherness, and fairness.

You Are Notably Generous

The Six of Pentacles indicates a giving person. They generously give to others, have favorite charities, tithe, fundraise, and lift people's spirits. Their enthusiasm for giving is noticeable and contagious.

Even if you don't have an abundance of wealth, you still share your resources. You give your energy, time, and materials to those who need them. You give support instead of hiding from others. You're not afraid of people. You want those around you to succeed.

Whatever you give to others it is seen as tangible. You leave a positive imprint behind. You inspire people and help them find their way. You're an outstanding person who is well-liked in their community. You trust that your contributions to the world are meaningful.

You Have a Healthy Financial Life

The Six of Pentacles does indicate someone who has a healthy relationship with money. The number six in tarot is associated with victory, public recognition, a solid reputation, and triumph. The Six of Pentacles indicates you have matured in your understanding of money. You've put your teenage ways behind you and have opted for an adult understanding when it comes to money.

By having a good relationship with money, you have reached self-sufficiency. Since you have helped yourself, you can now help others. It's very hard to support others if you don't have enough support for yourself. Just like the airplane training video tells people before takeoff: in an emergency, first secure the oxygen mask over your face before helping others with theirs.

Help Is Coming

This card could also indicate that if you're in need of something you soon will be getting help. Make sure to pay kindness forward: whatever is given to you should also be given to others. Don't hoard gifts; share them.

You don't want to become dependent on charity or use it as a crutch. Accept generosity and learn how to grow from that point. You want to be independent and not dependent on other people's wealth. The best way to have sustained wealth is to learn. Educate yourself about money. Learn to save and know when to spend.

Learn From the Lessons of Libra

Libra is the astrological sign of harmony. The Six of Pentacles indicates financial harmony, a goal for both the world and your own personal wealth. In order to achieve financial harmony, we have to trust that giving to others brings us closer together. Our instinct is often to look out for ourselves, but we have to come to a point when we know our needs are met and to care more about those who have less.

Libra encourages financial balance. Let go of rankings and titles. Stop trying to impress everyone. Allow for society to heal and for everyone to have enough.

The cardinal air sign is known for its friendliness. Libra prioritizes friendships and seeks community. Libra would rather sacrifice individuality than let those around them suffer.

The Six of Pentacles is about finding a generous spirit. You want to give fully to your friends and peers. You also want to give fully to your inner spirit and thoughts. Don't give away everything and leave nothing for yourself.

The Six of Pentacles is about finding a generous spirit. You want to give fully to your friends and peers. You also want to give fully to your inner spirit and thoughts. Don't give away everything and leave nothing for yourself.

Reversed Six of Pentacles

When this card is in the reversed position, it suggests that you need to make sure that you give to yourself. Paying it forward is great and charitable, but don't give so much that there is nothing left for yourself. No one is asking you to sacrifice everything or become a martyr.

Consider buying yourself a gift from time to time, and remember that it's okay to treat yourself. Buy the chocolate of your dreams. Get a massage. Go on a trip to somewhere you've always dreamed of visiting. You don't need to wait on others for your dream vacation.

You need to save time for yourself. If you give all your time away to your job, family, and friends then you'll lose how you feel. It's important to do self-care. Try the following techniques to give yourself more time:

  • Write in a diary
  • Go on nature walks by yourself
  • Take breaks from social media, emails, and your phone
  • Meditate
  • Practice visualization
  • Go to restaurants by yourself
  • Work on a creative project alone
  • Take a long bubble bath

Look Out for One-Sided Friendships

The reversed Six of Pentacles can suggest that you're giving to others, but they're not giving back in return. You're in a sense, the better friend. Just know if you keep doing all the heavy lifting of the relationship, eventually, you'll tire of it. Friendships are about showing up for each other: when only one of you is holding up that bargain, the friendship will fall apart.

You need a healthy exchange of energy. Think of it as a table: if one leg is shorter than the others, the table is going to be lopsided. No one wants to eat off a lopsided table! You need things to be equivalent when it comes to relationships.

Balance Your Schedule

Work to balance out your schedule. If you over-commit yourself, you may put strain on yourself and your relationships. You can't go to every event. You have to say no sometimes.

Also, let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Don't say yes to something and then cancel. People will appreciate it if you stick to your word. If you start to come off fickle (like Libras often do) you might cause your friendships to atrophy.

Maybe is an okay word to use. But don't let it be your default word for every occasion. People interpret the word "maybe" in different ways. Some think it leans more toward yes; others think it's a masked no.

Read the Fine Print

The reversed Six of Pentacles also encourages you to think twice before signing up for a loan. You don't want to take on more debt than you can handle. Read up on interest rates, compare loans, and consider all options. For instance, it might be more profitable to go to trade school than college. With trade school, you're more likely to get a job right out of school whereas with college it might take a while to get a job and you might have more debt.

You also need to double-check things before you sign onto them. If it sounds too good to be true then there is probably a catch. Look up the names of brands, companies, and phone numbers on Google. Don't click any links unless you trust them. You want to avoid scams and phishing like a hawk—scams are everywhere!

Be Intentional About Giving and Sharing

Give to others when your heart is moved to do so. You want to give selflessly and not from a place of selfishness. Don't give because it's the cool thing to do or because it gives you a desirable reputation. Give because you care and because you can afford to give.

In a relationship reading, the reversed Six of Pentacles indicates that one person is giving way more to the relationship than the other. You need to be careful with your generous spirit. Your partner might be taking advantage of you and your kindness. You need to put in boundaries and learn to say no. Compromise is your friend.

One last note: your real currency is time, not money. Where you invest your time is where you show your heart. Money is a measure of your choices.

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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