Ace of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles

The Ace of Pentacles is a card of worldly prospects. When this card appears, you are being called to pay attention to the opportunities provided to you by people, places, and practices within your daily life. It is within the suit of pentacles that we think about the hard work required to achieve something meaningful. The Ace of Pentacles asks if we can spot what that something is. The universe is presenting you with an offer of good fortune, inspiration, and new beginnings. Will you seize the moment?

Once you have accepted this generous gift, it will be up to you to rise to the occasion and realize your ambitions. This could mean a diving into a new business venture or beginning a wellness routine. It could even be a chance to connect to the earth through something as simple as starting an herb garden. Are you at a place in life where you feel capable of measuring your grit and signing up for something new? When the Ace of Pentacles reveals itself to you, it’s time to reach a little deeper and move beyond any self-constructed barriers. The fruits of your labor will be more than worth the effort.

Ace of Pentacles Reversed

The Ace of Pentacles in reverse is a signal that we may be missing out by ignoring opportunities at hand. It can also serve as a warning, cautioning us to make prudent, well-informed, and wise investment decisions with our money and our time. Often, the reversal of this card calls attention to feeling our path to success is being actively blocked by forces outside our control, when we actually may be the person denying our own advancement.

It might be worth examining what behavior is keeping you from being able to turn your dreams into reality. Are you afraid of losing what you have, prone to procrastination, or simply unwilling to put in the hard work necessary to move ahead? Whatever the reason, the Ace of Pentacles reversed indicates that the time for waiting is over. The time to act is at hand.

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Ace of Pentacles Yes or No

In a Yes or No reading, the Ace of Pentacles can generally be interpreted as a YES.

Major Arcana Symbolism

Tarot Card NameAce of Pentacles
Card Number EnergyGenesis
Numerological MeaningPure energy without form, the seed, the spark, potential, beginning, initiative, momentum, opportunity, becoming, the essence of the suit of pentacles
Classical ElementEarth
Traditional Upright MeaningThe first step toward a long-term goal, the seed of future fulfillment, new prospects, the natural world, solid foundations, focused intention to reach long-term goals, promotion, wise investments, unexpected material abundance, a bright idea, resourcefulness, the first step of manifesting something tangible, material security, prosperity, good health, charity, commitment to hard work, stability, practicing magic in everyday life
Traditional Reversed MeaningProcrastination, missed opportunities, frustration, instability, misuse of resources, a difficult beginning, lack of material security, loss of financial assistance, stinginess, materialism, greed, financial irresponsibility, scarcity, poor health, deficiency, lack of dedication, unwise investments, poor planning
DualityReceptive
Jungian ArchetypeSensation
ChakraRoot, Earth Star, Heart, Throat
Astrological CorrespondenceEarth, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Crystals and StonesRuby, Mookaite Jasper, Garnet, Fire Opal, Red Coral, Fire Agate, Rhodolite, Red Carnelian, Red Jasper, Emerald, Olivine, Moldavite, Fluorite, Peridot, Aventurine, Morganite, Zoisite, Bloodstone, Rose Quartz, Chrysolite, Pink Calcite, Jade, Prehnite, Pink Spinel, Malachite, Unakite, Rhodonite, Burmese Sapphire, Light-colored Lapis Lazuli, Angelite, Blue Calcite, Sodalite, Azurite, Star Sapphire, Celestine, Dumortierite, Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Rose Quartz, Blue Kyanite, Hawk’s Eye, Jeremejevite, Blue Akoya Pearls, Labradorite, Blue Lace Agate, Apatite, Blue Flash Moonstone, Sapphirine, Blue Spinel, Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Amazonite
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Ace of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Ace of Pentacles, or Ace of Coins, represents power of will as expressed on the physical plane. Materiality in all its phases, whether good or evil. “The thing’s that are Caesar’s”. The power of the world-illusion. Material gain, wealth, contentment, and the things, conditions, works, and so on, which contribute to such gain.

Time period

Astrologically, the Ace of Pentacles governs the time-period from the beginning of the sign Capricorn to the end of Pisces, from December 22nd to March 20th.

Imagery

On the face of the small cube is a double vesica piscis. This marking resembles a horizontal figure 8, the mathematical symbol of infinity and rhythmic whirling motion. The infinity symbol captures the Qabalistic idea that physical form is the result of a series of whirling motions, originating in the Primal Will. This idea is synonymous with the force that modern physicists believe leads to the constitution of matter. The Ace of Coins is connected with the Hebrew ideas relating to the Divine Number 1. This is indicated by the crown that hovers above the upper point of the pentagram, or five-pointed star. Behind the pentagram is a glory composed of forty rays, suggesting the operation of the ten Divine Numbers in the four Qabalistic worlds. This also suggests that the most solid physical forms are, in fact, manifestations of the whirling motion of radiant energy. The pentagram is yet another symbol of this motion and the employment of this symbol in various magical operations is based in science. The mathematical formulas directly connected with the pentagram lead to one’s ability to mentally control of the currents of the Astral Light.

Keyword

Materiality

Modern Translation of The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case (1933)

Ace of Pentacles - RWS

The Lesser Arcana: Ace of Pentacles

Upright: Perfect contentment, felicity, happiness, ecstasy, perfect joy, perfect remedy, fulfilment of what has been asked in prayer.

Reversed: Capital, riches, opulence, treasure. Something of principal value or valuable, dear, expensive, rare, highly esteemed.

Theory

The element of Fire (the nature of the Sun and Venus) on the fifth house: The house of the Sun. This card has been well defined by the traditional renderings, which give it all as very favorable. How could it be anything else? The aces are all more or less a beginning, commencement, new prospects, etc. If you have pulled the ace of pentacles (or hearts) on one of your houses in the horoscopic figure, you may be pretty sure that the matters to which the house in question relates will be beneficial…and, on account of the fiery element, irresistible.

The Ace of Pentacles means the commencement of that what is wished for or desired. This is what man calls his “happiness”. It’s the spark of the Ego demonstrated in the practice of daily life. This daily dose of positive intention also brings good luck to others. There is creative energy in this card. This energy is not yet worked out into details, but is fairly sure to work out in the future in lucky events and prosperous happenings.

There is promise in this card. It is, above all, a card of good fortune; a new and prosperous beginning. The Ace of Pentacles is like a bright spark. Even among very bad cards it is the beacon of hope and good-will, although, in such cases it may be too weak to conquer adverse circumstances immediately. Additionally, this card can mean a person or thing of first ranking. A child. A speculation.

Conclusion

Creative energy, fulfilment of hope, wish and desire, good luck, bright prospects, beginning of a new era in life, happiness, good augury; a child; a speculation. This card is favorable in regard to material effects without being, in itself, the indication of riches or gold. It may be a present or a donation. Profit. Promise. Goodness. Favor. It may indicate the person, who is chiefly of interest, and of benefic influence.

Modern Translation of the General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens (1930)

Ace of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

Fortune Telling with the Ace of Pentacles

Upright: Good luck, letters or papers relating to money, pleasant tidings.

Reversed: Short-lived happiness, a tiresome correspondence.

Fortune Telling by Cards by P.R.S. Foli (1915)

Ace of Pentacles Card Imagery

A hand emerges from the cloud holding up a pentacle. In any case, this card it shows prosperity, and comfortable material conditions. Whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is upright or reversed.

-Modern Translation of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

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Divinatory Meanings for the Ace of Pentacles

Upright: Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy, speedy intelligence, gold

Reversed: The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

The Root of the Powers of the Earth

A white radiant angelic hand is seen holding a branch of a rose tree. On this branch is a large pentacle, formed of five concentric circles. The Innermost of these circles is white and charged with a red Greek cross. From this white center, emanates twelve luminous rays. The edge of these rays form a circle, making the whole image something like an Astrological figure of the Heavens.

This symbol is surmounted by a small circle and a large white Maltese Cross with two white wings. Four crosses and two buds are shown on this card. As with the other Aces, the hand appears to be emerging from the clouds.

Symbolism: materiality in every sense, both good and evil; material gain, labor, power, wealth, etc.

Modern Translation of The Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Book “T” by MacGregor Mathers and Harriet Felkin

Ace of Pentacles Yes or No

The Ace of Pentacles Card

The Meaning of The Ace of Pentacles Card Throughout History

The Tarot deck is a beautiful synthesis of esoteric thought and archetypal imagery. The journey of the deck, shaped by the events and values of each era, has continued to evolve and take on new significance as it adapts to a larger cultural story. Often a tarot card will have a variety of names and meanings. Exploring the historical interpretations of each card will create a deeper understanding of this powerful method for divination and self-discovery.

Various Names For The Ace of Pentacles

The Ace of Pentacles has taken many names throughout history such as Ace of Disks, Ace of Coins, Ace of Deniers, Ace of Stones, Ace of Discs, and Ace of Diamonds.

Tarot de Marseille (1650)Ace of Coins
Etteilla (1783)Perfect Contentment / Money Purse
Golden Dawn (1888)The Root of the Powers of the Earth
Papus (1892)Ace of Pentacles
Rider-Waite (1910)Ace of Pentacles
Thoth (1943)Ace of Disks
Ace of Pentacles Reversed

Significations of The Ace of Pentacles

  • Commencement of good fortune.

-Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus (1892)

Ace of Pentacles Symbolism

Upright: Perfect Contentment, Felicity, Prosperity, Triumph
Reversed: Purse of Gold, Money, Gain, Help, Profit, Riches

-The Tarot by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1888)

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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Ace of Pentacles – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain
Ace of Cups – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain

This guide by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition, ancient Celtic methods of divination, and wonderful illustrations of each Tarot card. This book is the perfect complement to old-style fortune telling and also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern-day readers. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is the classic guide to the Rider-Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.

Pre-Raphaelite Tarot

Ace of Pentacles – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Ace of Pentacles – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.

The vivid colors and medieval imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement makes for a tarot deck that is rich with a sense of mystery and romance. Luigi Costa has created a work of unsurpassed beauty and deep spiritual power. This deck, based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith cards, is at once cryptic and insightful, the perfect combination of qualities for readers and collectors alike.

Universal Celtic Tarot

Ace of Pentacles - Universal Celtic Tarot Mini by Floreana Nativo, Christina Scagliotti © 2022 Lo Scarabeo srl, All rights reserved, used by permission.
Ace of Pentacles – Universal Celtic Tarot Mini by Floreana Nativo, Christina Scagliotti © 2022 Lo Scarabeo srl, All rights reserved, used by permission.

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