Six of Pentacles

The Six of Pentacles is a card of generosity, of giving and receiving and of help. Oftentimes these actions involve money but they can also indicate generosity with love, affection, or support. If you have found yourself in a financial bind, this card is here to offer reassurance that help is on the way.

The Six of Pentacles can also represent gifts, engagements and a loved one who feels the need to spoil you.

In the Rider Waite rendition of this card two beggars kneel in reverence and gratitude before an official distributing alms. The balancing scales, a symbol of justice and held by the official, indicates that those who are deserving will be helped. This strikes at the heart of the meaning of the Six of Pentacles: if you are in genuine need, there are those willing to lend a hand and alleviate your suffering.

This card is a positive omen if you have been looking to secure a loan, or perhaps you are the fortunate one who is able to offer assistance to others. If you are on the receiving end of this card however, be sure that you are not haemorrhaging money in some way which would cause you to become the beggar in the Six of Pentacles. Conversely, make sure that your generous nature is not being exploited by those who may view you as a “cash cow.”

In a different vein, this pentacle can also symbolise going above and beyond what is required of you in a role in order to succeed.

In a love reading the Six of Pentacles can be representative of a couple who go the extra mile for one another and share their resources freely. It can also indicate that one partner shows their affection liberally with money and has the propensity to gift their beloved expensive items. The caveat with this card, however, is that these good times may not go on indefinitely. It would be wise to appreciate what you have while it lasts.

The darker side of this card suggests that one partner feels sorry for the other and stays with them out of pity or because they feel that they “owe” them in some way. It can also indicate financial manipulation, a partner who may display petulant behaviour if their material or emotional needs are not met. At its worst the Six of Pentacles can indicate extortion by means of emotional blackmail.

In a work or career reading, the Six of Pentacles is a good card for business owners looking to secure a loan once they have made sure that the books can be balanced and the monies can be repaid. This card can also indicate helping others out or being on the receiving end of help. If you have reached a career deadlock, this card signals that some relief is on the way.

Positive Aspects: generosity, charity, affection, gifts, sensitivity, help

Negative Aspects: potential poverty, emotional blackmail, staying with someone out of pity