Ten of Pentacles

Written by Jacob. Published on September 4th, 2011 at 03:22.

Ten of Pentacles Rider Waite Tarot

Ten of Pentacles Artwork Description

“A man and woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a house and domain.” 1

Ten of Pentacles Associations

  • Ten: Completion, satisfaction; end and beginning; master-skill; Fulfillment.
  • Element: Earth.
  • Timing: Winter; slow; patient/long-term.
  • Direction: North/forward; immobile.
  • Keywords: Earthly possessions, finances, property; physical health; work/labor, business; valuables.

Ten of Pentacles Basic Meaning

The Ten of Pentacles is about fullness in riches, financial/business satisfaction. Projects completed. Fortune, property/possessions. Luck.

Additional Interpretations

“Material fulfillment; efforts rewarded; completion of a particular job, project, or settlement on a home or property; a happy conclusion; security assured. Solid foundation.” 2

“A man, woman and child are stepping through the portal to the grounds of a castle. Outside sits an elder in rich robes patterned with grapes, petting one of two dogs. The old man, it appears, is passing on his wealth to the next generation-the man and woman-and, though them, to the generation after that in the form of the child. Thus we see both the mundane use of the Pents (a beautiful home) and the spiritual use (providing for others).

Crowley calls this card ‘The Lord of Wealth.’ This is a card about having an abundance of something, so much so that you view it differently than when it was a rarity. Note how the elder sits outside while the couple and child are on their way in. The castle is nothing new or special to him. He values, instead, his time outdoors with the dogs, and takes enjoyment from how the castle delights the young couple and the child. The elder is also the living version of the castle, as rich and regal, and the card seeks to remind the viewer that as there is value in the grand old castle, so there is value in the grand old man. In meaning, this card is about a pinnacle in prosperity: a family home bought and paid for, a business that can be passed onto one’s children. It can indicate someone’s retirement, dealings with elderly relatives, genealogy, or inheritances-large or small. It can be about antiques and other old, valued things passed down through the generations.

On a simpler level, the card can indicate passing things on, like removing all those old clothes cluttering up the closet and giving them to the homeless, surrendering that collection of stuffed animals to a children’s hospital or clearing out books from the overflowing bookshelves and handing them over to a local library. Though similar to the Six of Pentacles, this is not so much about generosity as it is about using your abundance (wealth) to leave a legacy. ‘You have too much to enjoy,’ the card says. ‘Give it to those who can enjoy it.’ This could also indicate volunteer work if you find yourself with too much time on your hands.

The Ten of Pentacles is the Nine of Pentacles plus one. In the Nine of Pentacles you had enough to indulge yourself. In the Ten of Pentacles you have enough to indulge others, and so you complete the suit spiritually as well as physically.” 3

“Meaning: Gain, riches; family maters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family. Represents a house or dwelling, and derives its value from other cards.

Reversed: Chance, fatality, loss, robbery, games of hazard; sometimes gift, dowry, pension.” 1

Axank’s Dream Recollection

September 2011
Nothing that I can remember…