Inverted King of Pentacles


Inverted King of PentaclesThis is a man, over 35, with a great deal of earth (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn) in his chart. This could be a woman in touch with her masculine self. He is strongly motivated by the physical. The inversions often who an imbalance in an element. In this case, the earth element is out of balance, effecting home, body, money, and the power derived from each.

This man might be possessive, miserly, and exploitive. He might come across as flamboyant or ostentatious. He is overly concerned with money and power, and often feels like his power and status are in peril. He may react to this by grabbing as much power as he can, by any means necessary — through underhanded business dealings, abusing land, resources, and people. This is the card of the rapist, either literally or figuratively.

On the other hand, he may respond to his perceived lack of power by rejecting all forms of wealth and searching for spiritual fulfillment. In either case, this man is not going to be easily swayed by his community. He will have to come to terms with his own relationship to wealth and power.

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 Rank — King

Traditionally, kings represent men over the age of 35. Energetically, the kings represent authority and competence. These cards are not easily influenced.

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


The King 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.

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