Card Profile: Five of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles; being the halfway on the manifestation of material processes; depicts loss, poverty and insecurity.



The Five of Pentacles illustrates two indigent figures, a man and a woman -apparently beggars- walking through the snow covering the street. The man uses crutches; and the woman is trying to cover herself with a worn-out shawl. Behind them is the stained glass window of the brightly lit church.

Both the man and the woman of the card represents the poverty and lack of possessions; while the church symbolizes helping to the helpless and spiritual comfort; hence, the Five of Pentacles is a card of adversities complementing each other.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

-Mother Teresa


Five of Pentacles, first of all, might indicate difficulties concerning material processes; such as financial problems, loss of funds and poverty. Furthermore, it might also mean solitude and severe physical health; causing a blow on the conceptions of self-worth and self-belief.

Career-wise, the Five of Pentacles might signify a sudden loss of financial security, perhaps an unexpected job loss or increased debts. This card implies that this is not the time to be on the job market, due to the prevailing economic circumstances of the relevant sector.  A person represented by this card would be pessimistic, isolated and quite unlucky; as such they would have the poverty internalized whether the poverty exists on the material level or not. In the relationship context, this card might indicate the feelings of loneliness and isolation; and in an established relationship, calls for showing more compassion to get over the said feelings.

Summing up, the Five of Pentacles is a card of looming financial difficulties; and calls for not letting the effects of these financial problems to spoil the other areas of life.

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