Key Meaning: Success
The King of Pentacles signifies success or being in a position of power or influence.
King of Pentacles Keywords
🥰 Upright: Ambition, money, awards
😒 Reversed: Delays, financial loss, feeling stuck
King of Pentacles Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. A powerful King sits on his throne, surrounded by the evidence of his wealth. There is a castle, flowers and luscious vines. He holds a scepter in one hand, and a pentacle in the other. This King represents harvest and abundance. When he appears, it means you are enjoying success and gaining power and influence.
Other keywords associated with this card include: accomplishment, attention, business, planning, savvy, and high status.
Court Card Personality Traits
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. This King is a worldly man who is mature and exerts worldly power and authority. He likes to amass money, but his actions are not necessarily motivated by greed. He wants to take care of his family, and use his wealth to help others. He is grounded, practical and realistic. Like his major arcana counterpart, the Hierophant, he is disciplined, traditional and values honesty.
Every King in the tarot comes into his own when he has mastered a life lesson. For the King of Pentacles, his lesson is to assess risk correctly. Too much caution, and he may never amass wealth, and too little, he could lose everything. He needs to know when to hold, and when to fold. He probably relies on intuition more than he’d care to admit. When this King finds the sweet zone, then the world is his oyster.
King of Pentacles celebrities include Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder), Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder), Warren Buffett (investor) and Jack Ma (Alibaba co-founder). This card is associated with sun signs Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.
LOVE: What does The King of Pentacles Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the King of Pentacles turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on whether or not you are in a relationship.
💖 If you asked will I find love? – then the answer is yes. Your future partner is likely to be mature, sensible and financially secure.
💖 If you have just met someone, then be careful not to play games with this person. They are looking to settle down with a sensible partner. They don’t have time for childish outbursts.
💖 In a relationship, this card can signify a marriage primarily based on status, money and security.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify when You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the King of Pentacles, then here is your guidance:
⭕ You are feeling good and optimistic about your future. This card signifies business success, perhaps even building a business empire!
⭕ In a job, you are ready to take the lead position.
⭕ You receive an important award for your efforts.
⭕ Higher education, perhaps an MBA or equivalent, will help you rise to the top of a corporate career.
Industries associated with this card include: venture capitalist, banking, building, cement, oil, gas, real-estate, farming and car dealerships.
Careers include: business owner, chief financial officer and restaurant owner.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The King of Pentacles in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the King of Pentacles, it means you are in a good position financially. Additionally:
💲 Investments pay off. Perhaps you own property, have a diversified portfolio, large pension or endowment.
💲 You have the Midas Touch. Everything you touch, at this time, turns to gold.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“King of Pentacles combined with The Empress” – A perfect partnership
“King of Pentacles combined with The Fool” – Building on previous success
“King of Pentacles combined with The High Priestess” – Trusting your gut in business
HEALTH: What does The King of Pentacles Mean when You Ask About Health?
In a health reading, the King of Pentacles generally signifies good health, a strong body and mind. As long as you continue to exercise and build muscle tone, you will maintain mobility long into old age.
Areas of the body associated with this card include: feet, fingers and heart. Associated health conditions include: heart murmurs, palpitations, gallstones, acid reflux and indigestion.
YES/NO: Does The King of Pentacles Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this Tarot card turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does The King of Pentacles Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 Using my timing method, the King of Pentacles is about 14 years. If the card is reversed, timing will be slightly longer – so up to 21 years.
Karina’s Timing Method:
Swords are days. Wands are weeks. Cups are months and Pentacles are years. Please note this is my personal timing method. Feel free to adopt it (or not).
What is the Meaning of The King of Pentacles Reversed?
When the King of Pentacles is upside down then he is unceremoniously removed from his throne. This may mean:
✔️ Has success gone to your head? Are you acting superior to others or obsessed with status?
✔️You feel stagnant in love, finances or work. Nothing much is happening. You feel drained by routine and responsibilities.
✔️Impatience is ruining your chances of creating anything worthwhile.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: job insecurity, fear, mediocrity, wasted talent, inability to focus for long.
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Karina, author of Tarot in 5 Minutes.