Three of Pentacles

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The Three of Pentacles as depicted in the Rider-Waite Tarot

The Three of Pentacles is the third card in the suit of Pentacles. It usually stands for artistic, skilled labor. Nobility, fame, glory, and celebrity for an eldest son.

General description

In the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, Pamela Coleman Smith depicts the Three of Pentacles as a sculptor at his work in a monastery. The sculptor has carved three pentacles into an archway and is proudly showing his creation to the monastery's abbot and a visitor. A.E. Waite connected this card to the Eight of Pentacles, suggesting it showed the evolution from apprentice to master.

Divinatory meaning

The fire on the Seventh house, which rules the contact of the Self and the Not-self, the relations between both, the executive ability in humankind. So this must lead to the idea of well-doing and noble demeanor, owing to the Sun and Venus again. Well-conducted relations denote civilization, aristocracy, and the proper expression of one's relation to the world in his occupation, his métier, profession, marriage and employment. So this card has to do with workmanship. Aristocracy, good workmanship, skill, civil treatment and noblesse, agreeable relation, métier, employment, profession, marriage; good done to other people, bounty, profitable relations in business; restoration, reparation, beneficial arrangement. A marriage will do much good.

If reversed, the card can mean: mediocrity in work. Pettiness and weakness.

Tarot Topics
Major Arcana The FoolThe MagicianThe High PriestessThe EmpressThe EmperorThe HierophantThe LoversThe ChariotStrengthThe HermitWheel of FortuneJusticeThe Hanged ManDeathTemperanceThe DevilThe TowerThe StarThe MoonThe SunJudgementThe World
Minor Arcana Pentacles AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Wands AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Cups AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
Swords AceTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTenPageKnightQueenKing
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