The Suit of Pentacles (also known as Coins or Disks) is representative of the element of Earth. The Suit of Pentacles Tarot card meanings cover material aspects of life including work, business, trade, property, money and other material possessions. The positive aspects of the Suit of Pentacles include manifestation, realisation, proof and prosperity.
Pentacles deal with the physical or external level of consciousness and thus mirror the outer situations of your health, finances, work, and creativity. They have to do with what we make of our outer surroundings – how we create it, shape it, transform it and grow it. On a more esoteric level, Pentacles are associated with the ego, self-esteem and self-image.
Pentacles are often associated primarily with material possessions, and, especially, with money. I feel this puts limitations on what it is that tarot is really about, which is life itself. Pentacles might show up as money, or as a means to money (work, for example), but money is also representative of a state of mind, of our beliefs about how the world operates and how we operate within it. Let me give you an example: For someone with boundary issues, money can take on an energy of its own. When they are single, they manage it pretty well. When in a relationship, they tend to lose control of it, in the same way that they have lost a sense of themselves. Frittering money away is a symptom of a tendency to eschew responsibility: They haven’t banked on themselves, nor invested in themselves. (Talking from personal experience? Who, me? Nooooo!) In this way, Pentacles can be expanded from their often limited sense to one that is holistic. Remember: We might be creating our world, but — by design or default — we are creating ourselves too.
From the Ace of Wands to the Queen and King of Pentacles we bring the world and our experience of it into being; and, in every card between them, there is described every aspect of what it is to be human. Tarot is a story of life. More than that: It is a tool, one whose potential is powerful if we can recognise and work with it. The tarot helps us to understand how our lives take shape, and how we can move from a position of passivity to one of action and receptivity. It can be a challenging step to take — the full assumption of responsibility, the reclaiming of power from parental figures, both real and projected. But it is when we can take what the Aces offer us, gifts that they are, and work with them consciously, that we also accept the invitation to become Queens and Kings in our own right. Anyway, if we don’t step up, someone is going to take that space for us. And when we do step up, we realise that not only is there enough space for everyone there, but we open the way for others to do the same.