Inverted Nine of Pentacles


Inverted Nine of PentaclesHere we see a woman, trapped in her own garden. Perhaps she is exhausted from working the soil? She might feel she will fall behind if she takes a break. Conversely, this could represent the trappings of success, being bored with a life that has become too easy.

The woman has a falcon, a bird of prey. Inverted, she might feel preyed upon, like someone is taking advantage of her. Combined with the Chariot or Hermit, this could represent shutting yourself away, being antisocial. This is probably more than just turning off your phone for the weekend. You might want to evaluate why you are hiding from your community. Is it fear or fatigue?

This might be a good time to get away for a while. A vacation, a change of scenery, can be refreshing, and give you a fresh perspective.


The Nine of Pentacles intensifies the Independence of a few cards.

Major Arcana

Emperor: Any cards from the suit of Pentacles can indicate an offer of a position of authority. This position is likely to involve finance and carry heavy responsibilities.
Chariot: The Nine of Pentacles in combination with the Chariot tips the scale from being independent to antisocial.
Hermit: The Nine of Pentacles in combination with the Hermit tips the scale from being independent to antisocial.

The Suit — Pentacles, Coins, or Diamonds

The pentacle is a symbol of earth magic. The coin is wealth and wages. The diamond is a symbol of wealth, pulled from the ground and refined by human hands into something enduring and elegant. This suit represents all things related to the earth. It represents the work of our hands. It represents those conspicuous signs of wealth that show us and our neighbors how successful we are, but this is merely material wealth. We can pass this on to the next generation, but it is worthless if we choose to bury it with ourselves.

The Number — 9

Nine represents completion, solitude, and protection.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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