Knight of Pentacles – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive
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Welcome to part 5 of my 16 part series Meet the Court Cards – each week we will hang out with ONE court card and dive deeply into the symbols, personality traits, talents and dark side. This is similar to my Major Arcana Meanings Deep Dive series, but we’ll also explore how each court card acts in the context of love, work and money.
I’ll give you specific ways to embody this card as well as some journalling questions to help you connect with this card on a more personal level ?
Today we’re diving into the Knight of Pentacles– cautious, slow and steady, he’s not like all the other Knights!
Sit back, relax and discover the secrets, wisdom and talents of this Knight…
Element = Earth (physicality, body, health, money, home)
Stable, slow & steady, procrastinator, stagnant, cautious, prudent, sensible, realistic, indecisive, stubborn, risk averse, avoids thrills, predictable (think Taurus)
Pentacle = money, body, earth, material realm
Red = blood & earth, first chakra (he needs to feel SAFE before moving forward)
Black horse = black = protection (he can be a bit of a dark horse and surprise you sometimes)
Green plume of tree = growth, nature, life
Stillness = he’s the slowest moving knight
The Knight of Pentacles knows how to slow down, be patient and play the long game. He’s delightfully sensible and always avoids impulsivity and making any rash decisions.
What you see is what you get with this practical Knight. He’s a salt of the Earth type of guy who likes to think things through and do his research, giving him an uncanny ability to time things just right.
At a party…
You’ll find him quietly sitting in a corner, observing everything from afar, like a cat. He’s great at sussing out a room but truth be told he doesn’t really like parties much, preferring to hang out with just one or two friends or his loyal pets.
He does love eating, so you might find him at the snack table, gleefully stuffing his face but this is often done just so he doesn’t have to make awkward conversation with others – you can’t talk if your mouth is full!
If you do manage to corner him and make him talk, he won’t say anything particularly interesting. He rarely does anything outside his usual routine, so he relies heavily on spouting bland facts that he read somewhere rather than engaging you in thrilling conversation. But at least he’s always nice and polite.
He’s no romantic, so don’t expect poetry, roses and candlelight dinners, but he is loyal, trustworthy and physically affectionate – and a great hugger! He values commitment in a relationship, making him more of a marrying type, especially compared to the other free-wheeling Knights.
However, he can get stuck in a rut in relationships and they can get stale and boring (not for him, but for the other person!). His partners will always be trying to add variety and mix things up, much to this Knight’s dismay. He’s a real homebody, so he’ll want to stay home every night and he can quickly become complacent in relationships, letting his partner do all the work to keep things moving along.
He drags his heels whenever it comes to moving forward in the relationship (like saying “i love you”, moving in, getting married, having children, etc), which will frustrate his significant other to no end. Despite all this, he’s actually not commitment phobic, he just needs to be 100% sure of his feelings before moving forward in a relationship.
The Knight of Pentacles values stability, predictability and routine in a job, so he typically avoids going the self employment route and tends to keep the same job for long periods of time, decades even. He won’t have an exciting career but he’ll always have steady employment.
He’s hardworking and loyal but not particularly driven or what you’d call a “ladder climber”. He couldn’t care less about being a CEO or whatever.
What he lacks in creativity and genius, he makes up for in sheer stamina! He isn’t afraid of hard work and he’s able to work long hours, do hard physical labour and focus on boring, repetitive tasks without tiring. Just don’t expect him to get things done quickly – this dude works on his own timeline!
As you might have guessed, the Knight of Pentacles is really good at saving money and very prudent when it comes to spending. Since he always has a steady income (but rarely a high income), he doesn’t take risks with his money. He will always have a nice nest egg but you won’t catch him blowing wads of cash on luxury cars, fancy watches or lavish dinners.
While security is important to this Knight, he’s not materialistic. Sure, he enjoys good food and nice surroundings but he values other things more – like family, friendship, nature, a good book and a quiet night in. He couldn’t care less about things like status or impressing people with a flashy car or fancy home.
This Knight thrives on…
Security, routine, predictability and comfort – this is all very grounding to him. He loves tranquil, calm and peaceful environments, which is why he loves spending time in nature, especially when there’s no rush. He does best when he has a specific and achievable goal to work towards, otherwise he can become a bit of a loafer!
He can’t stand…
Unpredictability, change, chaos, drama and high stakes – these are all very ungrounding and discombobulating for him! He loathes it when things are “up in the air” or being forced to make a decision when he isn’t ready yet. He flounders when he doesn’t feel in control or if he feels forced or rushed in any way.
Dark side of the Knight of Pentacles
The worst thing about this Knight is that he can be a bit boring and predictable. He often says NO reflexively when presented with new opportunities and he’s kind of incapable of moving forward of his own accord. He tends to stagnate easily and as long as he’s comfy, he won’t change a thing.
He often freezes if he feels unsafe or unsure of himself and to make matters worse, he will self-soothe by being a bit of a know-it-all. He’ll project an illusion of extreme confidence in having all the answers to everything all the time, but this is just a mask and he isn’t really trying to be a jerk, it just happens.
And please don’t tell this guy your really fascinating UFO abduction story – he can be very close minded and will just think you’re a nut! He’s almost too down-to-Earth sometimes and just isn’t open to anything that can’t be seen, measured and proven in the physical world.
Practices to embody this card:
– Create a routine or make a to-do list
– Stay home tonight and enjoy a quiet night in, reading and listening to music
– Give yourself time and space to really think things through and do your research
– Slow down! Next time you eat or make love, try doing it at a snail’s pace and see what happens
♥ Where in your life can you benefit from slowing down? Or taking more time to think things through?
♥ How can you create a feeling of safety and comfort for yourself as you move forward and make changes?
♥ How can you cultivate a slow and steady approach to a project/goal/or life area?
♥ Where are you like this Knight?
♥ Where would you like to be less like him? More like him?
Tell me your thoughts!
Did you enjoy this deep dive? What aspect of the Knight of Pentacles do you most relate to? Let me know in the comments below…
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