Card Meaning: Nine Of Pentacles

Nine of Pentacles


  A falcon at her wrist, flowers on her robes, grapewines all around with a castle in the distance, this must be a scene of an accomplishment and aristrocracy. There is no sign of work here, even a bit of carelessness is indicated in the detail of a snail on the ground and the woman apparently not showing any attention on it, but even that at the end is just a small distraction for this card. This card indicates that good decisions made by the Seven of Pentacles and fruits of dedication and effort from the Eight of Pentacles results in a material abundance. Years of a good planning and work now establish a solid material ground but also stable and positive emotions with a solid spiritual base. There is a need for balance between material accomplishment and spiritual deployment. Five pentacles are on her right side, symbolizing five material senses through which we can experience the abundance, while three pentacles are on her left side, forming a triangle, the most stable geometric form, symbolizing a permanence of the spiritual realm on which we must base our success.


Positive: abundance, accomplishment, refinement, material success, luxury.

Negative: solitude, financial instability, bad character, financial problems, emptiness despite success, temporary success.

   A woman, with a bird upon her wrist, stands amidst a great abundance of grapevines in the garden of a manorial house. It is a wide domain, suggesting plenty in all things. Possibly it is her own possession and testifies to material well-being. Divinatory Meanings: Prudence, safety, success, accomplishment, certitude, discernment. Reversed: Roguery, deception, voided project, bad faith.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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