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The Meaning of
the "Knight of Pentacles" Tarot Card

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The Meaning of the "Knight of Pentacles"
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The Symbolism of the Knight of Pentacles

A stern knight sits on his dark horse, holding his pentacle before him as if conferring with it.

The pentacle held by the Knight seems to have more weight and heft than the pentacle held by the Page of Pentacles, indicating a heavier responsibility and seriousness to the Knight's role.

The horse is a powerful draft horse, signifying labor and productivity. Although we see no cart or carriage attached, the horse wears a bright red carriage harness, signifying a capacity for hard work.

In the background we see a fertile swathe of ploughed soil, also signifying productivity and labor.

The sprig of vegetation waving from his helmet, and the vast tract of fertile land, firmly bind the knight to the element of Earth.

His work does not lie far away; It is all around him. This is a time to work...

Unlike the knight cards of the other suits, the Knight of Pentacles is not pictured striding or charging ahead. He is motionless.

This knight is not thinking about adventures in far away lands; His work is all around him in the surrounding fields. This is a time to work, and to focus on the here and now. Adventures can wait.

How to Interpret the Knight of Pentacles

As with all the court cards in the Tarot, the Knight of Pentacles often represents an actual person when it appears in readings — but not always.

The Knight of Pentacles is an extremely diligent worker. He is a paragon of responsibility, dependability and focus. His sole purpose is the task at-hand, and he dedicates himself entirely to completing it. Everything else can wait.

...it represents the ideals of hard work, diligence and dedication.

When the card is not referencing a specific person, it represents the ideals of hard work, diligence and dedication.

Careful scheduling, accounting, financial planning and sticking to budgets are also referenced here.

When the Knight of Pentacles appears in a reading it's often a sign to stop dreaming about what's over the next horizon; Stop thinking about your next vacation. Focus instead on the task before you.

The Knight of Pentacles is also a gentle warning against all forms of distraction: Dedicate yourself instead to what you are doing now. The other pieces will fall into place as long as current responsibilities are fulfilled.

The Knight of Pentacles is a generally positive card, but it carries with it a serious message of responsibility and hard work. For those who can delay gratification, the future is very bright.

The Knight of Pentacles Inverted

The reversed Knight of Pentacles has several possible meanings.

...it's a sign that distractions have clouded one's ability to focus on an important task

In many cases, it's a sign that distractions have clouded one's ability to focus on an important task. Something is interfering with a core responsibility. That "something" may be something minor like a mobile-phone, or it may be something major like a non-work activity which is eating up too much time.

In other cases, the inverted Knight of Pentacles may reference a job or a task which has become dull and boring. The daily grind of monotonous tasks has become unfulfilling and a breaking point may be near.

Lastly, the reversed Knight of Pentacles card may serve as a reminder that "all work and no play" is making someone a "dull boy". While diligence, responsibility and unwavering focus are all positive traits — life is short, and important opportunities may be passing by.

Common Symbols Found On the Knight of Pentacles Card

Tarot cards often use a a symbolic language to visually communicate information about how each card should be read. The Knight of Pentacles includes at least three common, repeating Tarot symbols. Each of these symbols can add additional layers of interpretation to the card.

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

  • Trees

    Trees symbolism appears on the Knight of Pentacles card:

    Generally speaking, trees accentuate a connection to nature and the natural world. Trees are some of the most widely used symbols in the well-known Rider-Waite tarot imagery. The specific meaning of any one tree varies depending on the specific Tarot card it appears on.

    Read more about the symbolism of "Trees" in Tarot  

  • Green Fields

    Green fields symbolism appears on the Knight of Pentacles card:

    Green fields in Rider-Waite Tarot symbolism generally point to possibility, financial wellbeing, wholesomeness and health. Although green fields are generally linked to positivity, they are sometimes included on cards with an overall negative meaning to show a contrast between negative and positive concepts — in the background and foreground of the card.

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  • Ploughed Fields

    Ploughed fields symbolism appears on the Knight of Pentacles card:

    Freshly ploughed fields can have two different meanings in the language of Tarot. A ploughed or tilled field is both a symbol of hard work and diligence, but it is also an indication of future profits, wealth and sustenance. Each ploughed field reminds us that wealth and prosperity are the direct result of labor, dedication and determination.

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