Knight of Pentacles

"I temper my actions with cautious optimism."

XII: Knight of Pentacles

caution focus realism invention

A person who enjoys luxury, the arts of healing and prophecy and good living. It is an opportunity to learn more about this side of oneself through the catalyst of another, to handle finance and practical matters with ease and good humor. This message can mean a background of stability and security to live the sensual vital energetic pleasure and physical love. It is the industrious and versatile dimension in motion and the perfected art in hunting. He or she is a friend of animals, has a sense of form, of artistic success and likes to travel.
Inverse: Interfering, over-organizing.



  • Spending money wisely.
  • Saving for a rainy day.
  • Paying close attention to physical or financial details.
  • Knowing where every dollar goes.
  • Having safe sex.
  • Preferring facts to "good feelings." Finding creative ways to "make do" with resources on hand.
  • Completing a new invention.
  • Shadow

    • Throwing caution to the four winds.
    • Spending without regard for consequence.
    • Spending on luxury when necessities are lacking.
    • Escaping stress by spending money.
    • Obsessing on tiny physical or financial details.
    • Perpetually chasing after some new bauble.
    • Copying another's work and claiming it as your own.
    • Symbolism

      The Precious Pentacle

      Many versions of this card show a knight apparently hypnotized by the pentacle in his hand. Once you've attained the object of your quest, caution is required to protect, maintain, and preserve what you've won - but remember, too, that regarding something too highly is the best way to render it useless.

      The Unmoving Horse

      In many decks, the Knight of Coin's horse stands as rigid and still as a statue. There's a difference between proceeding with caution and allowing yourself to become paralyzed by pessimism. What do you need in order to get moving again?

      Saving vs

      Spending. Knights embody extremes. The Knight of Pentacles could be a miser or a spendthrift, depending on which way his energy flows. What would a miser do? What might a spendthrift do? And might there be some middle ground worth pursuing?

      The Marseilles Image

      The well-grounded Marseilles Knight of Pentacles rides boldly forward, chasing a Coin that somehow always manages to remain just out of reach. To what extent might you also be chasing "castles in the sky?" How well-grounded are your own plans and methods? How might an emphasis on the practical speed your progress toward your goals?

      Knight of Pentacles' Advice


      • Relationships, like investments, should pay dividends.
      • Your investment of time, attention, and affection should be returned by your friends and partners.
      • Taking care of others is admirable; take care of yourself, too.
      • Watch for creative ways to enjoy time together without spending money.


      • Keep an eye on the bottom line.
      • Some times call for penny-pinching.
      • At other times, growth many depend on generosity.
      • There's satisfaction in delivering a final, physical product.
      • Keep an eye on the goal.
      • Keep your commitments.
      • Tackle big projects one step at a time.


      • Avoid taking a guru's claims at face value.
      • Weigh any guidance received on the scales of your heart.
      • Take spiritual advice (including advice from this book) with great caution and deliberation.
      • Find practical, physical, creative ways to express your spiritual insights.

      Personal Growth

      • There's a fine line between caution and pessimism.
      • Believe in yourself and what you hope to achieve; at the same time, be sure to attend to the "doing" that leads to "having." Encourage progress by keeping a physical reminder of upcoming rewards close at hand.

      Fortune Telling

      • A stingy person may chide you for spending money.
      • Be prepared to defend an economic or sexual decision.


      • Between April 11th and May 10th.

      Questions to ask

      • What's the difference between caution and fear?
      • How can I evaluate the practicality of my own ideas and methods?
      • How realistic are my goals?

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      Parts of this page's description of the Knight of Pentacles tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.