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The Meaning of
the "Ace of Pentacles" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Ace of Pentacles"
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The Symbolism of the Ace of Pentacles

Like all the ace cards in the tarot deck, the Ace of Pentacles features no people save for a spiritual or divine hand emerging from a cloud.

On the Ace of Pentacles card, the divine hand presents a glowing pentacle as a gift. Below the hand, a garden path leads into the distance graced on both sides by lady slipper orchids. The path leads through a rose-covered garden archway to mysterious mountains beyond.

The hand seems to offer an opportunity to those who would take it.

The hand seems to offer an opportunity to those who would take it; An opportunity that awaits in the mysterious realms beyond the garden portal.


How to Interpret the Ace of Pentacles

The Ace of Pentacles invites us to step forward and seize opportunity.

Remember that all pentacles cards deal with wealth and the material world. The Ace card represents the start of a journey — either a literal trip, or possibly a business venture of some kind.

Opportunities abound, but you have to take the first step and be enthusiastic to explore new ideas and new places.

It's an invitation to embark on new projects, new adventures, and especially new business opportunities.

When the Ace of Pentacles appears in a reading, it's an invitation to embark on new projects, new adventures, and especially new business opportunities.

The card also reminds us that we must take those steps forwards. Success will not come to us. We have to walk through the gateway and explore what lies beyond.

Another possible meaning of the Ace of Pentacles is that an opportunity awaits you in a current situation, but may be hidden. Perhaps there is something about a situation that holds great promise and opportunity — but you haven't noticed it yet?


The Ace of Pentacles Inverted

If the question involves the past, the inverted Ace of Pentacles inverted often implies a missed opportunity. However, if the situation is current or has yet to occur, the meaning is often quite different:

The reversed Ace of Pentacles is often a gentle warning that while opportunities exist, they should be considered more carefully before moving forwards.

The inverted position of the Ace of Pentacles may be an indication that an option before you is too good to be true, or that hidden pitfalls lie in wait around the next corner. Very often there are risks to a scenario which haven't been considered yet. The Ace of Pentacles inverted reminds us to move slowly and cautiously until we are sure.

Just because something was promised to us doesn't mean we'll get it. We should plan accordingly.

In many cases the inverted Ace of Pentacles is a reminder not to count our chickens before they hatch. Just because something was promised to us doesn't mean we'll get it. Life has a way of not working out as planned sometimes. We should plan accordingly.


Common Symbols Found On the Ace of Pentacles Card

Tarot cards often use a a common symbology to visually communicate additional information about how each card should be read. The Ace of Pentacles contains at least five common, repeating Tarot symbols. Each of these symbols which repeat throughout the deck can add greater dimensions of meaning to the card.

The symbols which appear on the Ace of Pentacles card are:

  • Lilies

    Lilies symbolism appears on the Ace of Pentacles card:

    White lily flowers are used frequently in the classic Rider Waite imagery on multiple cards. Lilies represent purity-of-thought, innocence, mental clarity and keen focus. Lilies are also considered to represent a distinctly female energy, or the "Yin" in the Yin Yang. In traditional European beliefs, the white lily is also linked to the concept of virginity, the biblical Mary and things that are both pure and sacred.

    NOTE: The lilies growing in the foreground, representing clarity and focus, contrast with the foreboding purple peaks seen through the garden gate — which symbolize the challenges ahead.

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  • The Divine Hand

    The divine hand symbolism appears on the Ace of Pentacles card:

    The iconic "Divine Hand" symbol from the classic Rider-Waite deck, is prominently featured on all the Ace cards of the Minor Arcana. Typically depicted as a shimmering, disembodied hand extending from a mist, the hand represents a force for initiation or creation — a divine, primal force of beginnings, and a primal source of new ideas.

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  • Mountains

    Mountains symbolism appears on the Ace of Pentacles card:

    Mountains on the horizon are some of the most common symbols appearing in the Tarot. In most cases, mountains mean trials which need to be passed, and hurdles which need to be overcome. Depending on the specific Tarot card, these challenges may either represent future issues which wait along the current path, or they may remind us of past trials and hardships which have already been completed before arriving at the current state of things.

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  • Pathways and Roads

    Pathways and roads symbolism appears on the Ace of Pentacles card:

    Pathways and roads in Tarot symbology may mean an actual voyage or a trip, but frequently imply a more internal or spiritual journey of some kind. In this latter case, they may indicate a passage from one state of being to another, or from one emotion to another one. Paths remind us that the Tarot, much like life itself, is a journey.

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  • Grey skies

    Grey skies symbolism appears on the Ace of Pentacles card:

    The colors of the sky in Tarot imagery often hide subtle clues pointing to the meaning of the card. Skies with a grey or neutral color typically reflect a level of uncertainty. This neutral or grey colored sky is neither bad, nor very positive.

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