Nine of Pentacles At A Glance
Keywords: Stability, luxury, abundance, wealth, success, living beyond means, superficiality, materialistic, entitled, lazy
Element: Earth (the physical, our bodies, health, resources like money, time and energy)
Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card Description
The Nine of Pentacles is the ninth card within the suit of Pentacles. It is one of the 56 minor arcana cards within the Rider Waite Smith system of tarot. The Rider Waite Smith, or RWS for short, is recognized as the first of its kind and is the system that most modern decks are based from.
In the original artwork for the Nine of Pentacles card we see a beautiful lady standing within a luscious vineyard. Around her in the fruit laden bushes rest 9 pentacles and the sky is a glorious sunset yellow.
She is impeccably dressed in a long shining dress speckled with sunflowers and her gloved hand supports a resting falcon. Her other hand is ungloved and rests on the pile of pentacles as she gazes serenely at her ripened harvest. It is a scene of comfort, luxury and stability.
Nine of Pentacles Upright Meaning
When we receive the Nine of Pentacles upright (the art work is the correct when up when the card is revealed) this is a very positive omen for us in matters of money, assets and our resources. The Nine of Pentacles represents our hard work finally paying off and bringing us abundance.
In our modern times we associate the suit of Pentacles with money because money is central to our survival. However this is not the way it has been throughout history; before the Industrial Revolution the task of tending the land and creating enough food was very important and very arduous.
Therefore abundant crops and the health of one’s land was the best indicator of someone’s survival and even success. This is why we see so many connections between pentacles and harvesting/tending land in tarot. Though we may be out of touch in ways of tending the land the message of Pentacles is still the same.
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” - Wayne Dyer
Nine of Pentacles Reversed Meaning
When we receive the Nine of Pentacles in a reading and the artwork is reversed (upside down when revealed) it is trying to warn us about our financial matters.
The specifics can vary greatly depending on the reader’s situation and the question they have asked but it can generally mean financial instability of some kind. This may be overspending, relying on uncertain or unstable jobs or a lack of savings or funds.
It can sometimes suggest we are being overly materialistic and prizing things over people. The Nine of Pentacles reversed says there is some shortage of funds but it is within our means to fix the issue as long as we take control of the situation and act responsibly as quickly as possible.
“Financial stability is much more about doing the best with what you have and not about achieving a certain level of income.” - Erik Wecks
Nine of Pentacles: Yes or No
The Nine of Pentacles of definitely a yes card when upright. It tells us we have enough resources which doesn’t just mean money but also time, effort and other assets needed.
However if reversed it is a strong no. It says we will be left short by the venture and that we shouldn’t throw in anything we can’t afford to lose.
Let’s Break Down the Nine of Pentacles In Our Lives
How the Nine of Pentacles changes its advice for questions in specific areas of our lives.
Nine of Pentacles In Love
In a love reading the Nine of Pentacles can signify finding stability within a relationship. This may look like a couple buying a new home or completing financial goals as a team.
If the reader is single this may look like a purchase or a positive change in finances that makes it easier to meet new people and to spend more time with friends and loved ones, like a car for example.
Reversed it may suggest reckless spending as a couple. This may appear in the form of codependency or trying in vain to self-soothe deeper issues by overspending money.
It can also suggest investing in the relationship with therapy or other methods that can help the couple thrive.
Nine of Pentacles With Money
The Nine of Pentacles in financial readings is a very good sign. It points to a period of abundance and stability in our finances. This may be in the form of large purchases like a house or car.
It can be any purchase now that is within our means and will change our lives for the better in the long term.
Reversed the 9 of Pentacles warns us to begin saving for the future or to find more stable money making methods as we enter a period of financial uncertainty.
Nine of Pentacles At Work
The Nine of Pentacles in career readings is a wonderful card to receive. It suggests we are on track and very close to achieving our ultimate goal. The rewards for all our hard work are coming very soon.
Reversed the Nine of Pentacles implies we may be trying in vain to find shortcuts without doing the work. We also may be wasting too much time trying to make the perfect plan and making no progress.
Perfection can get in the way so we may find it easier to just start on a good enough plan and perfect it after if we have time.
Nine of Pentacles With Others
When we ask questions about society or the world in general and receive the Nine of Pentacles it can suggest that now is a goof time to participate in building community and celebrating our successes as a group.
This can look different for everyone but it generally means to seek community locally and online and engage, remembering it feels good to be a part of something bigger than us.
Reversed the Nine of Pentacles means though we are tempted to recluse ourselves in our homes we should consider leaning on our community when times are hard. Difficult tasks can be made easy by many hands.
Nine of Pentacles With Self
When we ask introspective questions and receive the 9 of Pentacles it is a sign that we are close to a big milestone in our personal goals. It can also mean a large achievement in our health like healing from substance abuse or quitting smoking.
Reversed the Nine of Pentacles says there may be a need to establish structure with ourselves and personal goals to better stick to them.
It may also suggest a temporary plateau or back step within our health goals and that we are about to push beyond it with renewed vigor.
Nine of Pentacles As Feelings
The Nine of Pentacles feels like sighing in relief as we achieve financial stability and enter a period of rest after working extremely hard.