The Knight of Pentacles

The Knight of Pentacles shows a noble and strong looking knight in a full suit of armour. He is riding a dark coloured horse and grasping a pentacle in his hand that he refuses to acknowledge. His steed is decorated lavishly and the knight has a very intent focus on the road ahead. The night indicated here is extremely focused on his goals and is very dedicated and ambitious. This young man is unsure of his abilities, but is very attached to the idea of creating a name for himself, and is willing to do all of the hard work required to get there. He is ready to embark on his journey and is very interested in having a career where he can stretch and grow along with his experience. This is the beginning of that journey after the tireless amount of study, focus, and preparation the Page of Pentacles used. The large intellectual effort of the Page is manifested in the Knight of Pentacles.

The court cards of each Minor Arcana Suit represent people, and the physical and astrological characteristics of a person as well. In the case of knights, there are astrologically significant details that should be made known.  The Knight of Pentacles is associated with the signs of Aries and Taurus. The nature of the energy that is carried by the Knight of Pentacles is considered fixed for Taurus and cardinal for Aries. This shows that these individuals are very stable and have the quality of endurance in their energies when the individual being identified is a Taurus, and there is creative and ambitious energy within the Aries described by the Knight of Pentacles. The elemental property of this particular knight, which is air energy, mixes with the energy of the suit he appears in: earth energy. The Knight of Pentacles shows a combination of earth and air energy, which embodies dedication and steadfast energy. This indicates that the Knight of Pentacles in a spread is speaking to dedication or commitment of some sort. The physical characteristics often found to accompany a Knight of Pentacles individual include light eyes of grey, blue, or green, as well as light blonde to light brown hair. It is advised that the querent pay attention to the young man depicted in the Knight of Pentacles that has these physical characteristics.

Although there is very little to go on in terms of an outright card meaning, the surrounding cards will be of immense influence and importance to the Knight of Pentacles and the interpretation of it.

The Knight of Pentacles in an Upright Position

An upright Knight of Pentacles reveals a young man who is ready and very eager to set out on his chosen career path. The querent will notice that this young man is more interested in earning than learning and can make his way rather successfully through the process thanks to his level of commitment and insatiable drive. He is an individual who wishes to make huge strides with his career and ascend quickly into a position with more freedom and power. It seems that this young man would like to gain notoriety through his business and professional endeavours. He may experience faltering confidence at first, but as the Knight of Pentacles gains experience in his chosen field, this will be a thing of the past. Whenever a court card appears in a spread, it does not necessarily always signify a real human being, but a quality within the card that the querent needs to take up as part of his own persona or philosophies in order to experience growth and a better outlook on life.

The Knight of Pentacles could signify the need for the querent to become more dedicated and confident in his chosen career. The querent must find it within himself to get excited about possible opportunities and get out into the world and start something worth working on. This needs to be done without focusing on the anxiety caused by the reality of obstacles laying in the querent’s wake because these will only make him reluctant to try something new. The querent is definitely experiencing an urge to manifest something of value in the real world, make a career change, or begin a business relationship with valid intentions of making a decision about his professional life.

The Knight of Pentacles in a Reversed Position

A reversal of a court card has an inverse meaning that corresponds with the court card it is attached to. The reversed  version of the Knight of Pentacles symbolizes a person of the same physical and astrological correspondence, but with a very determined and ambitious personality when it comes to his goals for the future. He may be very materialistic and single-minded. He could also be inexperienced, and as such, afraid of the obstacles he will face. The Knight of Pentacles could also reveal that the querent is about to meet up with a young man who has planned and prepared intellectually for his journey in search of something lucrative. Whether or not this works out to his benefit will be dependant on the cards that surround him. This could also be an indication of the querent going through the same phase himself, or he may need to overcome these types of materialistic and excessively focused aspirations.

The Knight of Pentacles in a position of reversal exhibits a reversal of the energies he embodies. For instance, the querent may endure a time where there is a definite absence of drive and cautiousness. Career goals may be fleeting for him or the individual represented by the Knight of Pentacles in the spread. There is a definitive need to grow something using one’s personal skill set, and  the querent should have all  of the knowledge and experience to do so. This young man, or the querent,  must find a way to acquire work that helps to build additional skills and experience for the future of the career path.  New Orleans is extremely lucrative for merchants. There will be time for standstills and breaks along the way, but there is a need for action where this card appears in a reversed position.

Key Terms

  • A young man going into the world.
  • A first job
  • Materialism
  • Ambition
  • Beginning a new career
  • Lack of courage
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