Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

nine of pentacles tarot card meaning

9 of Pentacles

Upright

Physical Well being, Achieving a Comfortable Lifestyle, The Enjoyment of Hard Earned Success, Confidence in Abilities, Plenty in all Things, Wealthy but Alone, Material Well-Being, Unearned Income possibly from a Divorce Settlement, Self-Reliance is Key, Discipline and Self-Control, Accomplishment, Enjoying the Finer Things of Life, A Green Thumb, Success, You Need to take Matters into your own Hands, Solitude, Enjoying Leisure Time, Done it on your Own and you are Comfortable, Profit, Falling Back on your Own Resources, Sometimes you must Trust our own Ability to Handle a Situation, Seek the Highest, Acting on your Own, Things in Life are Enjoyed Alone, Financial Protection and Security, Being Tactful and Diplomatic, Safety, Happiness and Contentment, Handling the Situation Alone,

Reversed

Shallow, Overly Dependant on Others, Clingy, threat to Person, A Superficial Person , Threat to Possessions , Barely Making Ends Meet, Threat to Safety, Weak Character, Bad Faith, A Social Climber, Possible Loss of Friendship or a Valued Treasure, Greed, Spiteful Behavior,

This card also Warns that Present Calm and Stability will Not be Sustained.

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Tarot Goddess

Title: Lord of Material Gain
Element: Earth
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Decan: Venus in Virgo; September 2 – 11
Thumbnail Meaning: Prosperity, good luck, good fortune; riches, wealth.

The wheel of fortune has turned in your favor. As the “Lord of Material Gain,” the Nine of Pentacles signals prosperity and good fortune. It also suggests accomplishment and reward.

In the image at right, a woman stands before ripe grapevines, calling to mind harvest and cultivation. Her cloak’s pattern of small, red flowers emphasizes this theme. A hooded falcon sits on her gloved left hand.

Eagle-eyed viewers can see a snail just to her left, making its way down the path. The snail is traditionally a symbol of sloth––bringing us to this card’s negative meaning. Prosperity and abundance can lead to complacency, laziness and sloth. This calls to mind Psalm 58:8:

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Because snails disappear into their shells during winter, only to reemerge in the spring, they can also be seen as symbols of the cycle of life.

Since the suit of Pentacles is historically associated with money, this can refer to a windfall or a lucrative deal. In a negative context, it can refer to a white elephant: a gift that is impossible to refuse, but burdensome to keep. Did your Aunt Sibyl leave you her house in your will––the one with the stately exterior, rotting floorboards and plumbing from the Wilson administration? A reversed Nine of Pentacles may just indicate that––especially if accompanied by the Nine of Swords!

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