Inverted Ten of Pentacles


Inverted Ten of PentaclesIn this inverted image, the child seems to be moving away from its parents. What’s more, the parents don’t seem to notice. They are too busy looking at the castle in front of them. Inverted cards often reveal stuck or imbalanced energy, in this case the earth (possibly money) element is out of balance.

This card can indicate family problems (or those within any close community). These troubles can manifest as arguments or estrangements (like the child in the image). There are often questions of loyalty, frequently someone feels like an outsider. Sometimes this indicates a child who feels burdened by their aging parents. Love can feel more like obligation during these times.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Does it feel like work to be with your family, or are you working so hard you have lost touch with them? Is it time to give yourself some distance or move closer to your intimate community? These are two sides of the same coin. If you’re feeling this pull, the antidote is the same. It’s time to do some self-evaluation. What are the spiritual riches you have received from this community? How have your ancestors traditionally dealt with these situations? How does that relate to you now? It might help to sit down and have a chat or write a letter to an ancestor, who has passed. That will introduce some of the air element into this situation. You can include the other two elements by lighting a candle and enjoying some warm tea or coffee while you communicate. A solution will come to you, and you’ll know just how to react.


The Ten 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.

Number — 10

Ten is a number of completion, harvest, and the end of a cycle.

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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