Nine of Pentacles

"I know enough to be confident in my decisions."

IX: Nine of Pentacles

training discipline confidence enough

This card is all about pleasure and power of attraction, of finding a deep and permanent sense of self-value, a solid identity with unique abilities, to be in a position to enthuse and excite others. It includes good management and success in material matters, it is gain but more than worldly achievement. This satisfaction is dependent upon nothing and no one outside oneself. It is also solitary enjoyment, encounters during journeys, pleasure in self-sufficiency and accomplishment and sharing the magnetic power of one's wealth or abilities.
Inverse: Phlegmatic, manipulating, attracting "hangers on".



  • Investing time in learning or teaching a difficult task.
  • Restraining yourself from physical or financial extremes.
  • Making sacrifices as a way of achieving larger goals.
  • Breaking a complex task down into simple steps.
  • Wanting what you have.
  • Knowing the difference between needs and wants.
  • Shadow

    • Being assigned to a task without being trained to perform it.
    • Pursuing a position for which you are not qualified.
    • Disregarding requirements.
    • Refusing to dedicate adequate time or attention when learning about something or someone new.
    • Always craving more.
    • Symbolism

      The Hooded Falcon

      Decks in the RWS family often illustrate this card with an image of a fine lady training a falcon. Training an animal requires patience and empathy. How might these qualities play a role in your situation today?

      The Bumper Crop

      While the lady of the manor focuses on the task at hand, a rich harvest of pentacles grows. Her bounty looks effortless, but a crop this rich doesn't happen by accident. How have past efforts (or a lack of effort) shaped the situation you find yourself in now? To what extent is someone reaping what he or she has sown?


      The woman on many versions of this card appears to have plenty of resources at her disposal. For you, how much is too little? How much is too much? What would be "just right?"

      The Marseilles Image

      The ninth Coin squeezes into position, disrupting the careful balance of the Eight. It bulges outward, forcing all other coins to the extreme ends of the card. In what way might your "desire of the moment" caught similar crowding in your own life?

      Nine of Pentacles' Advice


      • We learn about love from our parents, but their examples may or may not be suitable for relationships we forge for ourselves.
      • Everyone has something to learn about love.
      • Model the level of love and patience you want your partner to provide.


      • Many problems arise when people are assigned to tasks to which they are not suited by training or nature.
      • Where's the disconnect?
      • Identify what you don't know, and ask for appropriate training.
      • When using unskilled workers to do an elaborate task, scale expectations accordingly.


      • Wanting what you have can transform your world.
      • All too often, we get caught up in the ruthless cycle of pursuing "bigger and better," when, in fact, we could very easily make do.
      • Today, consider how you can delight in what you've already been given.

      Personal Growth

      • Be patient with yourself.
      • Seek advice from those who easily do what you must strive to do.
      • Give yourself time to learn a new process.
      • If you're hoping to engineer a change in your own behavior, recognize the value of little steps toward your goal.

      Fortune Telling

      • Until you appreciate what you have, you won't have any luck getting more.


      • Between September 2nd and 11th.

      Questions to ask

      • If you could not have what you want, how would you make do?
      • Could you make a complex task easier by breaking it down into smaller steps?
      • How patient are you during the learning process? With yourself? With others?

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