Three of Pentacles

"My work produces results."

III: Three of Pentacles

expression production work contribution

The seeds lead to potential further growth and the first success on the road of material ambitions and experience due to perseverance. Celebrate the outcome, the new opportunities that occur as a result of present achievements. Establishment of the idea of the universe. Work of a physical or constructional nature brings perfection. But it needs hard work and quarrel to strengthen a position and make it permanent and risk before one can count oneself materially secure. Also seeing one's own limits and consequences, see your capacity, use your business skills, work on your character to handle the future.
Inverse: Overindulgence, conceit.



  • Finishing a project.
  • Setting and meeting standards.
  • Performing according to specifications.
  • Making something others value.
  • Creating something new.
  • Doing your part in a group project.
  • Delivering exactly what others have asked for.
  • Shadow

    • Pandering to the tastes of others.
    • Failing to deliver what you've promised.
    • Not delivering your best work unless closely supervised.
    • Ignoring or breaking agreements with those who have invested in you.
    • Refusing to do your part.
    • Failing to abide by a clearly-outlined agreement with yourself or others.
    • Symbolism

      The Worker's Review

      In RWS-inspired decks, officials or patrons review a craftsman's labor. To what extent has he met their expectations? Others may view you as a craftsman - if only in the metaphorical sense. Will your work please or offend ... and why?

      The Product

      Your effort will likely be judged by the quality of its output. What is the final result of your labor? What does that product say about you, your ethics, and your level of expertise?

      Your Role as Creator

      How might a desire to revise the work of others play a role in your current situation? To what extent can you see yourself "behind the scenes" of what you're facing now? What could you produce that is distinctively yours?

      The Marseilles Image

      A flowering vine shaped vaguely like a heart coils around three coins - two in a pair, one alone. When two people come together in work or in love, their union produces something entirely new. What is your friendship, romance, or cooperative effort producing? What does that product say about the nature of the relationship itself?

      Three of Pentacles' Advice


      • What are the terms that govern your relationship?
      • What have you agreed to do?
      • What roles and responsibilities fall to your partner or friend?
      • The health of any relationship is directly related to the effort both partners make to fulfill their obligations.
      • If you haven't discussed terms, do so.


      • It's time to review contracts and agreements.
      • To what extent do you deliver an honest day's work?
      • To what extent is this fairly compensated?
      • If you agreed to work for a certain price, you should fulfill that agreement, even if you underestimated the time and effort involved in a project.
      • A formula for success: know what you need, ask for it up front, and deliver more than promised.


      • In return for dedicated pursuit, a spiritual path should yield focus, fulfillment, and peace.
      • To what extent is your own spiritual practice delivering the promised changes in mind, body, and prosperity?
      • It may be time to evaluate what you're giving ... and receiving.

      Personal Growth

      • Integrity is a fragile thing; one broken promise or one unmet commitment can shatter it forever.
      • If you are out of integrity with someone, it's time to correct the situation by admitting fault and accepting consequences.
      • If someone is out of integrity with you, you'll have to decide what value you place on giving them a second chance.

      Fortune Telling

      • A high-dollar contract is in your future.
      • If you work hard, you'll succeed.


      • December 31st through Jan 9th.

      Questions to ask

      • How can I get more done?
      • What's expected of me? How large a role do I play in controlling those expectations?
      • What's been agreed to? How well has that agreement been followed?

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