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Three of Pentacles
Tarot Card Meaning

Three Of Pentacles. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) Three Of Pentacles. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) Three Of Pentacles. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)





Keywords for Three of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings:

  • Skill
  • Work
  • Focus
  • Study
  • Vision
  • Control
  • Creation
  • Progress
  • Ingenuity
  • Formation
  • Integration
  • Foundation
  • Commitment
  • Manifestation
  • Concentration

When the Three of Pentacles hammers its way into our readings, we may be superficially impressed with the concepts of work, which leads us to the logical conclusion that the card speaks of vocation, employment (often new contracts or commissions offered to the querent for the employ of his/her skill).

These intimations are all very true, but tunneling deeper into the card we find ourselves within the chambers of primitive, raw creativity. By the sweat of our soul we produce some of our greatest masterpieces, and the figure in the Three of Pentacles beats out his vision by good, old-fashioned physical labor.

What do I mean by this? Integration. The number Three (particularly when seated in the visual concept of the triangle) reminds us to integrate foundational strengths and funnel them into a primary focus to create something altogether new, expansive and glorious.

Indeed, we see evidence of this concept in the Aquarian deck version (shown in the above image - the card on the left) our archetype hammers at his skill while dreamy, undulating skies buoys his work - feeds his visions - elevates his creativity.

Morgan-Greer (the card shown in the center of the image above) indicates an urgency of hammering out our Muse from the stone of our lives - as is illustrated with the astrological Saturn symbol (left pillar, beneath the driving nail), the planet which rules this card. Saturn emanates deep focused energy and drive. And so too must we be driven to meet our commitment to releasing the purity of our creations (often encased within our stony exteriors).

A final thought on this card: Remember the rule of integration. Drive to higher achievement - but don't do so brutishly - allow the finesse of your artistry to temper your creation as you chisel your way to your goals.

A few symbol meanings on for the Three of Pentacles card:
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Hammer: A hammer, or the act of hammering is a sign of getting the point across, or getting the job done. The hammer is also a symbol of force, action, masculinity, and creativity. Typically drawn in matters of vocation, when the hammer catches our eye in a reading it may indicate that we need to get the job done and done well. It may also mean we need to hammer out the details relating to work or a project. Other cards with the hammer symbol.



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Pillars: Pillar symbol meanings are all about balance. Typically, the focal point of the card is planted staunchly betwix two towering pillars - this is a visual indication that the figurehead of this card has chosen middle-ground. When the pillars tower over our readings, it is time to consider matters of diplomacy, balance, tact, and strategy. It is a sign that going between may be more adventageous than taking the proverbial high road or low road. Rather than seeing things as left or right, black or white, perhaps we can consider a middle road - a third option with a new and different perspective. Some other cards with pillars (view here).



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Arch: Arches are symbolic of openings, passage-ways, and initiations. In a reading, the arch is a symbol of a new direction for the querent. This new opening or path is indicated by the card. View other arches in the cards here.






Some questions the Three of Pentacles ask us:

  • Am I relishing and enjoying the unfolding of my achievement?
  • How can I combine the intangibles of me (my vision, dreams, creativity) with my tangibles (my skill, body, action)?
  • How can I chisel away my hardness to reveal the soft beauty the dwells within me?
  • What techniques work for me to help focus on my ideals (and help me achieve my goals)?



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