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King of Pentacles
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King of Pentacles. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) King of Pentacles. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) King of Pentacles. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)





Some keywords from the King of Pentacles:

  • True
  • Rich
  • Tried
  • Stern
  • Dark
  • Strong
  • Stable
  • Virile
  • Crafty
  • Caring
  • Patient
  • Sexual
  • Proven
  • Fatherly
  • Wealthy
  • Protective
  • Grounded
  • Gregarious
  • Persevering
  • Overbearing
  • Family man
  • Enterprising
  • Businessman

"I am the King of Pentacles and this is my legend.

My kingdom is at its peak of accomplishment. We live well, but it was not always the case. It took a great deal of planning, determination and hard work to get to our current state of satisfaction.

That is why I the successful and effective King of Pentacles. I believe in obtaining goals by persistence. I am methodical and gain progress one step at a time. Because of my sturdy, steadfast ways, everyone in my kingdom now enjoys a life of plenty.

This pragmatism is probably why I'm gifted in business and finance. I have a knack with money, and I tend to accumulate riches easily. As the King of Pentacles, all the other kings are often seeking me out for funding. Mine is the richest kingdom in the Tarot.

When I am not tending to matters of state, I bask in the glory of nature. I am a gentleman farmer (I don't have to tend to my vineyards for profit, but I fuss over them anyway because I enjoy it), and am often found deep in thought while strolling the fields. I also enjoy hunting and fishing with my son (the Knight of Pentacles).

My son and I are very much alike in our ways. He is pragmatic as I am, and this is why we work well together for the common goal of insuring the bounty of our kingdom. My other child (the Page of Pentacles) do not have the same strength in our relationship. This child tends to be emotional, and I feel as though I am being watched when I am around my youngest. If I do not understand something, or someone, I tend to avoid them.

I adore my wife, and shower her with every treasure my kingdom can provide. I love to see her dressed to the hilt, and covered in refinery. I appreciate how she cares for me and our children. Even if I were not king, she makes me feel like one, and I love her dearly for this. She is a sensual woman, fertile and earthy; I find this to be enchanting. Further, she allows me to explore the realms of arousal; this is good because I have a healthy sexual appetite.

I enjoy stability, and have no problem with the responsibility of family and reign. As the King of Pentacles my obligations are infinite. But, I have broad shoulders, and can bear the weight.

I am usually slow to anger, but when I'm pushed to my limit I can be explosive. When I've reached this point, there is no return and it's my way or the highway. I'll eventually calm down, but not without significant brooding (usually by myself so I can methodically consider the situation).

Like my son the Knight, I am very protective of my family and kingdom. I have fortified our borders, and keep a close watch on potential threats on the horizon. Nothing is more important than the safety of my inner sanctum.

I can be stubborn, controlling and overbearing too. I tend to take on all the responsibility, and do not delegate tasks well (because I am quite sure no one can do things as well as I can). I recognize this tendency for me to be headstrong, and it takes persistence, over a long period of time for others to persuade me or change my mind.

My wife says I am strong as a bull, virile and handsome. I keep myself groomed, and I have good taste in clothing. This, probably more than anything else, is why she sees me as attractive. My complexion is dark as are my eyes and hair. My most outstanding traits is my big strong hands, my barrel chest, and I have a stone-block jaw.

When I show up in the cards, I will tell you to enjoy the finer things in life. I will also redirect your attention to matters of business and finance. I will remind you of your enterprising spirit. I will encourage you to make a water-proof plan for your success and urge you to follow that plan point-by-point until you reach victory."

Some symbols in the King of Pentacles Tarot card:

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Bull: The Bull is a symbol of power, royalty, stability, force and potence. When we see the bull amongst the cards in a reading we know we are dealing with some powerful forces. It is shown in the World & Wheel card because the bull (Taurus) is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac. The bull (and Taurus) in the King of Pentacles Tarot card also carries symbolic meanings of resistence to change, being stubborn and inflexible. Toro! Charge through other bulls in the Tarot.



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Castle: Castle symbol meanings deal with goals. Castles are physical reprsentations of our need to build (block by block) upon a strong foundation in order to obtain our goals. Castles may also deal with sheltering ourselves or limiting ourselves from reaching our goals. They are also a symbol of obtaining our desires. See also the "tower" symbol meaning. Visit other castles in the cards.




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Flowers: As we would guess, flowers possess symbol meanings of joy, beauty, growth, sensitivity and unfolding. They are predominant features on the six of cups and four of rods, but they are seen sprinkled throughout many deck renditions (see also the Sunflower symbol meanings entry). Flowers are all about opening up and receiving the light of love, joy and compassion into our lives. In the King of Pentacles card, they remind us of the better things in life, the good times, the sweet smell of success. They also ask us to see the beauty that surrounds us if only we open up to its presence. Savor other flowers in the cards.

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Globes: Often depicted as the world, globes possess symbol meanings of totality - both cosmic and physical. When the globe catches our attention on a card, it is an indication that achievement is imminent; we have the whole world "at our fingertips." It is also a symbol of comprehension, getting the idea - or grasping the "bigger picture." The globe is also a geometric aspect of the circle which deals with infinity, completion, cycles, and again - totality. Consult other globes in the Tarot.

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Grapes/Grapevines: Symbol meanings of grapes and grapevines deal with fertility, abundance, transformation and blessing. Considered the fruit of the earth in both pagan and Christian circles, the grape is rich in symbolism. Bunches of grapes have long been depicted in funerary art and are symbols of redemption. Grapes and grapevines are also found in Greco-Roman art as symbols of hospitality, bounty and symbolic of youthfulness. All of these attributes come into play when we see these power-packed fruits in the cards. Walk through other vineyards in the Tarot.

yellow as a symbol


Yellow: The color yellow is symbolic of intelligence as well as cheer, satisfaction and all-around contentment. Corresponding with the Manipura chakra, also known as the solar plexus chakra, yellow is an anchoring hue dealing with core issues in our lives. That which is at our emotional center is worth paying attention to. In the nine of cups, yellow represents our emotional well-being as the King of Pentacles encourages. See also color symbolism and the Tarot page here.


Some questions the King of Pentacles asks us:

  • Are your ready to get serious about your business?
    Take a look at my opulence and success. Dreaming about it didn't make it happen. Get serious about your expectations and start doing the work.
  • Do you have a plan?
    Sure and steady is the way. Map out a strategy for your success and stick to it.
  • How do you spell relief?
    If you are like me, spending so much time on protecting my assets and procuring more, it's easy to forget recreation. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Indulge when appropriate.





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