KING OF PENTACLES
KEYWORDS: Mature, Patient, Security, Loyal, Influence, Reliable, Enterprising
CARD DEFINITION: You are a pillar of solidarity and strength you may be in a very responsible profession like a banker or a chief in any industry. You are trustworthy, patient and cautious. You do not lose your temper unless under dire circumstances. Your investments are very sound.
REVERSE DEFINITION: You may be materialistic in nature and prone to taking bribes. You are not ready to take risks and not adaptable to change. You are unfaithful and corrupt. You are ready to take bad financial risks.
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Interpreting The King of Pentacles
Just as the queen cards of the tarot's minor arcana are strongly associated with the themes suggested by the Empress, the kings are similarly related to the Emperor and all he represents. As with all kings, the minor arcana kings are leaders to the bone. Ruled by the element of fire, they are the very embodiments of passion and drive as well. Never passive, these are entities that have energy and life flowing fiercely through their veins. They are forces of nature indeed, inspiring and motivating their subjects to be their best and do their best.
The King of Pentacles represents this boundless energy, charisma, and leadership as they relate to the Suit of Pentacles and its running themes of industry, wealth, and prosperity. This is the king of the strongest character and the highest, purest integrity. He is a man of his word. When he makes a promise, he will do anything he needs to in order to keep it. However, it is very important to note that the King of Pentacles is also very much a businessman. Although he may very well value responsibility for its own sake, he makes a move to take it on in order to turn a profit… at least in part. Anchored by the element of earth that is present in all the pentacle cards, this king is far too intelligent and grounded to ever let his love of the material affect his reason. Nevertheless, he is well aware of the security and foundation that wealth can bring. It will never cease to be an important motivation for him.
The traditional tarot image associated with the King of Pentacles shows him seated comfortably on a richly decorated throne. The throne itself is adorned with bulls' heads, symbols of hard work, business sense, foundation, and financial security. The king himself is handsomely dressed and surrounded by riches and property to represent his great financial success. He also sits with authority and gazes out of the image to meet the gaze of the viewer directly. This is a confident man who knows who he is, what he wants, and exactly how to go about getting it.
The King of Pentacles can make an appearance in a tarot spread in representation of an event or pending situation. It will most likely be one closely related to business, money, or property in some way - especially in regards to the initial creative spark that sets the project in motion. He could be pointing the way to an idea that will eventually become a successful business or new thoughts on how to optimize an existing business. He could also indicate the acquisition of property or perhaps the building of a new home.
However, the King of Pentacles is far more likely to make an appearance as the representation of an actual person or even the querent himself. This person will most likely be male and he will be a strong, charismatic, natural leader. He's also a man of integrity and a man whose word is very, very important to him. The chances are excellent that he is the head of a successful business or an important leader of one sort or another. He could even be the head of a large family or household. The person spoken of could also be a man of many talents and areas of expertise. As substance is important to him, it is utterly critical that he know his areas of interest or business inside out. This is your go-to guy when it comes to questions of success or business… especially if you seek honest answers and a trustworthy opinion.