The Ace of Pentacles Meanings (Upright & Reversed)
Last Updated: May 9, 2022
The Ace of Pentacles is the first card in the suit of Pentacles (also known as the suit of coins, or disks) from the minor arcana. As with all of the aces in the deck, it is a positive card and symbolises new beginnings and opportunities. In this article, we will explore the different meanings of the Ace of Pentacles in various tarot reading contexts. To help you understand the deep symbolism within the card, we begin with the below narrative.
“Might I?” Quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of Earth?”… “To plant seeds in – to make things grow – to see them come alive,” Mary faltered.
He gazed at her a moment and then passed his hand quickly over his eyes. “Do you – care about gardens so much,” he said slowly.
“I didn’t know about them in India,” said Mary. “I was always ill and tired and it was too hot. I sometimes made little beds in the sand and stuck flowers in them. But here it is different.”
Mr. Craven got up and began to walk slowly across the room. “A bit of earth,” he said to himself, and Mary thought that somehow she must have reminded him of something. When he stopped and spoke to her, his dark eyes looked almost soft and kind.
“You can have as much earth as you want,” he said. “You remind me of someone else who loved the earth and things that grow. When you see a bit of earth you want,” with something of a smile, “take it child, and make it come alive.” – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Table of content
- Traditional depiction
- Key correspondences
- The upright Ace of Pentacles meaning
- Upright meaning for love
- Upright meaning for career
- Upright meaning for health
- The Ace of Pentacles as feelings
- The Ace of Pentacles as a person
- The Ace of Pentacles as advice
- The Ace of Pentacles Zodiac sign
- Is the Ace of Pentacles a yes or no card?
- The reversed Ace of Pentacles meaning
- Reverse meaning for love
- Reverse meaning for career
- Reverse meaning for health
Depiction and symbolism in the Rider–Waite-Smith Tarot deck
In the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, the Ace of Pentacles depicts a hand coming from a cloud in the sky holding a single, large, gold coin. On the coin, the symbol of the pentacle is depicted. The pentacle is a pagan symbol that represents the four elements, plus Ether or Spirit.
It is a symbol of protection, magick and grounding. The five points of the pentacle can also represent the body’s 5 senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing) representing how we are able to physically experience the world.
In the foreground we see white lilies growing, symbolising purity and a hedgerow with roses blooming. Roses symbolise love and both are indicative of fertility and abundance.
A path leads through the garden to a gateway, with mountains in the background. This symbolises the beginnings of a journey. The mountains indicate this could be challenging and requires a determination to succeed. The sky has a golden hue, further adding to the feeling of happiness, prosperity and potential that oozes from this card.
The Ace of Pentacles key correspondences
Opportunities, success, physicality, manifestation, prosperity and stability.
Missed opportunity, hesitancy, frivolousness, instability, lack of mindset, feeling trapped and self-doubt.
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What does the upright Ace of Pentacles mean in the Tarot?
As mentioned above, as with all the aces, the Ace of Pentacles represents potential. In order to give the card context as to potential in what, we look at the suit that ace belongs to. The suit of Pentacles is connected with matters of the earth, the physical plane.
Therefore, this card represents new material or financial opportunities, physical health or matters of your career. However, it is important to remember with aces, that they are not a card that encourages you to sit back and wait for the money to rain down from the sky – no matter what the big coin coming from the sky might suggest.
In order to reap the benefits from this card, you must be prepared and willing to put in the work.
The Ace of Coins is the card of opportunities, success, physicality, manifestation, prosperity and stability.
What does the upright Ace of Pentacles mean in a love reading?
If you are already in a relationship, it may be a good time for you to set up a joint account, start saving for the future or potentially invest in a new home together. Or there may be an opportunity for you to start a joint business venture.
If you’re in search of love, the Ace of Pentacles indicates there is an opportunity on the horizon for this to manifest. This is likely to be connected in some way to work, so you may meet someone at the office or in a similar career to you. Regardless, the person you meet will provide you with the stability you’ve been looking for.
In both scenarios though, remember the Aces speak of new beginnings rather than readymade end goals. It’s up to you to make the connections, put yourself out there and put in the work.
What does the upright Ace of Pentacles mean in a career reading?
If you’re already in a stable career, this card speaks of advancements and potential for a promotion, pay rise or opportunity to be involved in a big project.
If you’re looking for work, or to change careers the Ace of Pentacles indicates opportunities for something new will be coming to you in the near future.
Overall, in a career reading the Ace of Pentacles is a great card to see as it represents good fortune, prosperity and new opportunities.
What does the upright Ace of Pentacles mean in a health reading?
The Ace of Pentacles in a health reading is a positive card to pull. It suggests new solutions to an existing health problem. This may come in the form of a new treatment, holistic practice or medication that hasn’t been considered or available before.
That being said, it is not advice that should be taken in replacement of traditional medical advice but as encouraging you that a different opinion or perspective is coming your way. Please always seek advice from a medical professional before trying any new treatments or substances.
The Ace of Pentacles as feelings/emotions
If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Ace of Pentacles means they have very strong feelings towards you.
You’re likely to be very compatible but in a way where you complement each other very well. They would be able to offer you stability and look after you, they’re a grafter in that sense – wanting to provide for their family.
You may occasionally have to remind them to be there for you in other ways but there is no intention behind that, they just may be someone that throws themselves into work to a degree that sometimes they need prompting to step away from the hustle occasionally to spend time with you.
But that’s where you’ll bring balance to them – you’ll make a great team. They deeply admire your beauty, your personality and everything that makes you unique. Sometimes this deep admiration may make them make the first move difficult, they’re nervous about rejection –they’re unsure how you feel too.
Let them know, send out some signals and let them know it’s OK to make a move.
The Ace of Pentacles as a person
As a personality archetype, the Ace of Pentacles represents someone who is very successful and business-minded. They may be an entrepreneur or starting a new business.
Certainly not afraid to put in the work and get their hands dirty, they’re highly motivated and take action towards manifesting their goals.
They have an infectious personality; the kind of person people like to be around. Dynamic and ambitious, inspiring those around them to be the same.
The Ace of Pentacles as advice
If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Ace of Pentacle means that there are opportunities coming to you. However, you must be willing to put in the work and be taking aligned action towards your goal.
Putting out the request to the universe and then sitting back and waiting for it to fall into your lap won’t cut it. Aligning your action with what you desire and actively seeking out opportunities will confirm that you are ready and that you truly want them.
Also, there may be some consideration needed for your self-worth, particularly in relation to financial opportunities.
Do you truly believe you deserve and are open to receiving abundance? Do you practice gratitude for the abundance you already have in your life? What are your limiting beliefs in relation to money and wealth?
If you’re ready to do the work, abundance will follow.
What is the zodiac or astrological sign associated with The Ace of Pentacles?
The suit of Pentacles is related to all earthly and material matters and therefore is associated with the earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Aces are connected with the cardinal signs of the Zodiac and therefore the Ace of Pentacles would be associated specifically with Capricorn.
Capricorn’s ruling planet is Saturn and therefore, rules this card. This is where the card derives its goal-orientated and hustling energy but also can indicate rigidity, greed and materialism (when reversed).
Saturn also represents ambition, stability and reliability.
Is the Ace of Pentacles a yes or no card?
The Ace of Pentacles is a Yes card in tarot. It is generally a very positive card to pull in any reading. Below are some of my interpretations based on different types of questions:
- “Will I get the job?” The Ace of Pentacles reminds you that whilst there are new positive opportunities on the horizon, you must put in the effort and things aren’t coming to you on a plate.
- “Is this new person in my life good for me?” The upright Ace of Pentacles shows that you both have a great attraction to one another and make a great team. As with any relationship though, it takes work from both sides.
- “Will I achieve my current goals?” The Ace of Pentacles is a positive sign in the pursuit of your goals, as long as you continue to take aligned action.
- “Should I make that investment?” When thinking about investments, the Ace of Pentacles indicates that now would be a good time to make an investment. In fact, the Ace of Pentacles suggests this would be a good use of your money, rather than frittering it away on unmeaningful things.
- “Should I start my own business?” If you are presented with the opportunity to start your own business or have had an idea for a potential new business, now would be a good time. It reminds you to go into this new venture with a success and abundance mindset and you will be rewarded
What does the reversed Ace of Pentacles mean in the Tarot?
When the Ace of Pentacles comes up in reverse, this can indicate some hesitancy about a potential opportunity. This can be linked with some doubt in our own capability to get what we want, or deeper still – whether we deserve it.
There are also concerns around impatience, entitlement and instant gratification with this card, without being willing to roll up your sleeves and put in the work.
If you are working towards your goals and still not seeing success, the Ace of Pentacles can also suggest it’s time for a change of approach or maybe reassess your goals.
The reversed Ace of Coins is the card of missed opportunity, hesitancy, frivolousness, instability, lack of mindset, feeling trapped and self-doubt.
What does the reversed Ace of Pentacles mean in a love reading?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, when asking about love the reversed Ace of Pentacles indicates a lack of compatibility or feelings of uncertainty.
If you’re looking for love, this card reminds you not to miss… or avoid opportunities to meet new people. In new relationships, it’s a reminder that time and investment are needed in order for the relationship to develop and blossom.
In a longer-term relationship, the Ace of Pentacles suggests some uncertainty or instability. This could be a result of unaligned priorities related to finances, conflict over spending vs. saving, squandering or being tight with money.
Or one side of the relationship is allowing the pursuit of material gain or goals to come between them and the other person within the relationship.
What does the reversed Ace of Pentacles mean in a career reading?
The Ace of Pentacles reversed in a career reading indicates a missed opportunity for a promotion or new job, either being delayed or falling through unexpectedly.
This could be due to procrastination or a lack of self-worth and therefore giving up before you even try because of fear or anxiety. It can also signify a job loss or redundancy.
Pulling this card in reading also suggests this would be a bad time for financial investment and to be extra mindful of your finances at this time.
What does the reversed Ace of Pentacles mean in a health reading?
In a general health reading, the Ace of Pentacles reminds you of the importance of looking after your general health and wellbeing.
If you have let a fitness regime fall away, or haven’t been eating as healthily as you usually do the Ace of Pentacles is the reminder to get back to it and put the effort into sustaining good physical health.
If you have a pre-existing health condition, this card indicates a setback or delay in treatment. View this card as a fore-warning and discuss this with your health practitioner and try to put things in place that can help navigate or negotiate this.
If you want to know more about the different tarot cards, feel free to check out our complete list of all 78 tarot cards and their meanings.
Written By Tillie Divine
Tillie is a queer, vegan witch from Manchester. An experienced tarot and oracle reader, she specialises in readings pertaining to spiritual development and growth. Her passion is developing her clients’ self-love, confidence and magnetism supported by her coaching skills and magickal workings. You can find her on Instagram under @tilliedivinetarot.