SIX OF PENTACLES
KEYWORDS: Prosperity, Success, Knowledge, Inequality, Good News, Luck, Charity
CARD DEFINITION: You will receive what is rightfully yours. You may do a lot of charity work you are very generous and always ready to help people. You will be rewarded accordingly in return. You will clear all your debts and do a lot to benefit others.
REVERSE DEFINITION: Debts may increase. Money may be squandered away. You may exploit people for money. You may be jealous of others' prosperity. You may lead an extravagant life style.
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Interpreting The Six of Pentacles
When it comes to tarot, the number six is strongly associated with the concept of balance. If the fives before them are all about presenting dilemmas and teaching people how to deal with hardship, then the sixes are about restoring harmony, coming up with solutions, and reaching a new state of equilibrium.
The Six of Pentacles approaches these subjects and related concepts as they relate to the element of earth, the material world, and the inner workings of industry. Now that a solution has been reached when it comes to issues of financial hardship or loss in general, it is time to examine what to do next and how to make the most of one's newfound balance.
The Six of Pentacles is a card that is largely about getting in touch with one's inner sense of generosity. This card teaches us valuable and important lessons about how riches are not necessarily always monetary in nature. They can also be spiritual, emotional, or social. Sometimes the way to become wealthier still is to spread the wealth you have around a little. Give to someone in need. Donate your time or your labor. Apply your own considerable wisdom to help someone else. All of these actions can pay off in ways that benefit the giver just as much as the receiver. Alternatively, the Six of Pentacles can seek to remind us that at times it's not only all right, but probably also advisable to rely on the kindness of assistance of others. The key to success in all aspects of life is maintaining a perfect harmony between "give" and "take".
The visual image traditionally attached to the Six of Pentacles illustrates these concepts perfectly. At the center of it, we see a man of means. He holds a set of scales in his hand and is richly dressed. It is clear to the viewer that this man is at a good place in his life, yet the presence of the scales indicates that in some ways, he is still seeking balance. At his feet are two poor beggars in need. The solution to the man's dilemma is clear. In order to balance the number of coins (or pentacles) at his disposal, he gives one away. Now the beggars have money with which to buy food and the wealthy man has gained when it comes to spiritual wealth. Everybody wins.
When the Six of Pentacles makes an appearance in a tarot spread, it can indicate one of two situations that are tied to these concepts. On one hand, this could be a call to give to someone in your life that could be in need. Perhaps they need money. Perhaps they simply need guidance or advice. Whatever the case, the querent can rest assured that by giving he will receive in turn. It could well be that through the very act of reaching out the querent himself receives exactly the solution he needs to one of his own problems. Alternatively, the querent could be in a position of need himself. In that case, he should see the appearance of this card as a signal that he has a friend or acquaintance in his life that can help him solve his problem. All he need do is reach out and accept that help. The surrounding cards and exact positioning of the Six will lend more insight into the details of the situation.
It is nevertheless important to note that there are limits to how much one can and should give. The Six of Pentacles does not advocate "giving until it hurts" or until you yourself are ruined. It also is not about allowing someone else to become dependent on you or allowing yourself to become dependent on others. That merely shifts the imbalance that was initially present when one should be seeking harmony instead. One should always give according to the needs of others, as well as his own ability to lend aid in the first place.