X of Pentacles

The information on this page can be found here.

Name and Picture:

The name of the card with a small picture of its image from the Rider-Waite deck.

The X of Pentacles


Keywords are 3-5 words or phrases that capture the main themes of a card. They are listed at the top of the page. There are also three keyword summary charts for reference.


Actions are phrases describing how the energy of each keyword manifests. Two sample actions for the High Priestess are "looking beyond the obvious" and "sensing the secret and hidden." These are ways to experience mystery. The active form is used to emphasize how a card represents dynamic energy.

Opposing Cards:

An opposing pair consists of two cards with meanings that can be opposites. Some cards are listed that might form an opposing pair with the given card under some circumstances. These are only some of the possibilities. See lesson 15 and the suit and court card summary charts for more on opposing cards.

Reinforcing Cards:

A reinforcing pair consists of two cards with meanings that can be similar. Some cards are listed that might form a reinforcing pair with the given card under certain circumstances. These are only some of the possibilities. See lesson 15 for more on reinforcing pairs.

Court Card Pairs:

Court cards form natural pairs because of their distinctive personalities. Compare the ranks and suits of the two cards to understand the interaction. See lesson 15 and the suit and court card summary charts for more on court card pairs.

Ace-Ace Pairs:

An Ace-Ace pair does not show an opposition, but a unique chance to grow in a new direction that taps the energy of both suits.


The description consists of a few paragraphs of extra information about a card and what it implies in a reading. The major arcana descriptions tend to be general and philosophical. The minor arcana descriptions are more concrete and everyday.


There are no separate explanations for reversed cards. The meaning of a reversed card depends on what the card would mean if upright. A reversed card shows that a card's energy is present, but at a lower level. For some reason, the energy cannot express freely, normally or completely.

It may be:

still in its early stages

losing force and power

blocked or restricted



being denied

only present in appearance


enjoying affluence

having material abundance

being free from money problems

enjoying business success

feeling financially secure

seeing your ventures flourish

having a run of good fortune

seeking permanence

looking for a solution that will last

creating a lasting foundation

feeling secure as things are

being concerned with the long-term

having an orderly family life

moving beyond makeshift arrangements

nailing down the plan

following convention

staying within established guidelines

proceeding according to the rules

taking part in traditions

becoming part of the Establishment

being conservative

trusting in the tried-and-true

continuing in known patterns

OPPOSING CARDS: Some Possibilities [can include but are not limited to]:

Two of Wands - being original, avoiding convention

Three of Wands - exploring, going into untested areas

Five of Pentacles - hard times, material lack

REINFORCING CARDS: Some Possibilities [can include but are not limited to]:

Empress - affluence, luxury, physical comfort

Hierophant - conforming, following rules, conservative

Lovers - permanent unions, family ties

World - affluence, material fulfillment

Four of Pentacles - enjoying the status quo, conserving


On many cards, we see a cluster of buildings off in the distance. In the Ten of Pentacles, we finally arrive in that village - in the middle of the marketplace. The family we see is carrying on the affairs of everyday life. A patriarch, dressed in a luxurious robe, pats his hounds as he watches over the younger generations. A man and woman converse in passing as their child plays at their feet. Coins (money) are in the air.

The Ten of Pentacles stands for the ultimate in worldly and material success. Sometimes I jokingly call it the "fat cat" card because it reminds me of the aura of prosperity that surrounds wealthy men and women of business. This is the card you want to see if you are wondering how your latest enterprise will turn out. Wealth and affluence are yours.

When we achieve material success, we naturally want it to last. This is the conservative, Establishment side of the Ten of Pentacles. Why rock the boat when life is fine just the way it is? In readings, this card often stands for convention - following established guidelines and maintaining the status quo. Fat cats are rarely radicals; they love tradition and the tried-and-true. Sometimes it is important to trust the known ways, but only when change is inadvisable.

The Ten of Pentacles is also concerned with permanence. Change is an unavoidable part of life, but constant change is uncomfortable. We need stability and the chance to work for a secure foundation in life. In readings, this card may be telling you to concentrate on the long-term. Work toward a lasting solution. Now may be the time to settle down and make the arrangements that will work for you far into the future.

This page specifically talks about the X of Pentacles. For other styles of Tarot Cards and their meanings, click here.

This page was created and researched by JuliahDarq

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