Six of Pentacles


Six of PentaclesThe image of the scales indicates something is being weighed. This is an echo of the Justice card. Many interpret it as charity, which has at least two ideological expressions. The word charity comes from a Latin root, carus, meaning love. Ultimately that comes from the Sanskrit word kama (like in the Kama Sutra), also meaning love. Charity implies giving gifts in reaction to love. In the Jewish tradition, the word is tzedakah, from the root Tzadei-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice, or fairness. Tzedakah is simply the right thing to do.

If you get this card, there will be a gift. You might give or receive, but the scales in the image suggest this is more a matter of tzedakah than charity. This is the right thing to do. It is in your best interest to keep the scales as balanced as possible. If you receive, expect to also receive the opportunity to give.


The Six of Pentacles only interacts with the Emperor.

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.

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 — 6

Six is a number of knowledge, perfection, and exchange.

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