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Knight of Pentacles Explained - Upright & Reversed Meanings

Last Updated: November 4, 2022

The Knight of Pentacles is the twelfth card in the suit of Pentacles (also known as the suit of coins, suit of disks, or suit of rings) and one of the fifty-six suit cards from the minor arcana. In divinatory tarot, the Suit of Pentacles represents the physical, material, financial and earthly aspects of our lives.

Divination practices such as cartomancy can help us make decisions, offer guidance, and help us tune into our intuition when we are at a crossroads in our lives. Understanding the meanings of each tarot card can help you sharpen your interpretative skills so you can get the most out of your readings.

In this article, we will discuss the meanings of the Knight of Pentacles in various tarot reading contexts as well as the different symbols and nuances that can be found within this court card.

The Knight of Pentacles, sometimes known as the Knight of Coins, is one that dreams about the future. What are their long-term plans? How can he grow his single gold coin into something magnificent? This isn’t a Knight that is off gallivanting, they burrow down in their own land, staying where they know best, and doing the necessary groundwork and staying committed to their vision and work.

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Whilst the other Knights are seen as moving forward to conquer the world in front of them, with bountiful fire in their souls, this Knight remains still. He sits upon his large horse, holding a single golden coin, looking onward in front of him. Steady and calculating, this Knight knows he doesn’t need to race off ahead to do what he does best. 

Knight of Pentacles from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck

Both the Knight and his horse are fully aware they must conserve their energy to be productive, and both of their bold and unwavering postures show us exactly how patient and focused they can be.  

Out of all the Knights, this Knight is linked to the Earth element, and the oak branch on both the Knight’s helmet and the horse’s head represents this clearly. Oak is known to be strong and is also believed to hold a lot of wisdom, it’s also the tree of strength, determination, and endurance – all of which represent this Knight perfectly.

This Knight and his horse stand ahead of vast freshly ploughed, well-maintained, and clean fields. This would be no easy feat, with tall mountains and trees to equally contend with in the background, this Knight clearly knows the commitment of hard work and understands the payoff. The sky above the Knight is clear, just like his mindset.

The Knight of Pentacles key correspondences

Upright keywords

Stability, responsibility, persistence, hardworking, patience, control, loyalty. 

Reversed keywords

stubbornness, delay, slowness, irresponsibility, complacency, and pessimism

Yes or No

Yes

Numerology

6

Element

Earth (Knights) and Air (Pentacles)

Ruling Planet

Mercury

Astrological Sign

Virgo

What does the upright Knight of Pentacles mean in the Tarot?

Just like this Knight, you too are trustworthy and steadfast at the moment, you know what is required of you in order to get any job done properly – and you’re willing to do just that. You can achieve what you’re after through perseverance and sheer determination to get there, you have what it takes, you just need to remain focused and patient.

This card can also represent a young male, typically an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) or have Earth-like traits, and they are usually stubborn, honest (which can sometimes seem harsh), but someone deemed honourable and reliable, a hard worker in the eyes of all that know them.

Upright Knight of Pentacles

When pulled in the upright position, the Knight of Pentacles is associated with stability, responsibility, persistence, hardworking, patience, control, and loyalty.

What does the upright Knight of Pentacles mean in a love reading

This is one beautifully committed relationship! There is a sense of stability and security here, and the one you are committed to very much feels the exact same way about you. You are theirs and they are yours, there is no interest in having eyes for others, they are committed to the long-term plan of your future and what you two can achieve together. 

If you had had any concerns or worries with regard to cheating or disloyal behaviour, allow this card to bring you peace of mind. You’re good, it’s all good! 

If you’re single, then the presence of this card speaks volumes as to the kind of person you are looking for, and that you are ready for a serious, stable, and committed relationship with someone that has the same desires romantically as you do.

It’s okay to want the security a relationship can bring, so keep attracting this energy towards you.

What does the upright Knight of Pentacles mean in a career reading?

If you’ve been dealing with any health issues lately, the presence of this Knight is such a good omen to receive! He is letting you know that these times are coming to an end, and you will come out of this strong and bold with great health once again. 

It also acts as a reminder that you have to take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, in order to maintain well health. But with this Knight representing physical strength, make sure to focus on healthy eating habits and physical exercise.

What does the upright Knight of Pentacles mean in a health reading?

You have the mentality that’s required to go far in your chosen career, as you understand the hard work necessary to go far in what you want to do. You have the drive, ambition, and know-how. Such a thing won’t go unnoticed in the workplace, and sooner or later that will be acknowledged and rewarded, so remember to remain patient. 

What you’re doing is grand, eyes will fall upon you – if they haven’t already. Whilst you may work best alone, and perhaps don’t like dealing with micromanagement, use this as a reminder that if you wish to work in a workplace environment, to go far you must also prove your ability to work effectively with others. 

Don’t take to the ‘lone wolf’ role too much, bosses and higher management always like to see that they can trust somebody to work best under both circumstances. Or if this bothers you, perhaps it’s best to consider a career where you quite literally are your own boss? Has anyone ever considered starting their own business, hmm?

The Knight of Pentacles as feelings/emotions

If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Knight of Pentacles suggests that this is someone that feels quite deeply about wanting to win over your affection. 

They are sure and steady about their feelings towards you, they have an incredibly clear picture of your future together and how that would look, and this has led them to have positive feelings towards you and what you could both be together. 

Whilst this would be a great match if you wish to pursue it, the focus and work this individual puts in can sometimes mean fun and passion lacks, you’d need to remind this person to loosen up sometimes and to make time and space for fun and couple-related activities.

The Knight of Pentacles as a person

As a personality archetype, the Knight of Pentacles represents someone that buckles down and gets on with the job at hand, no matter how hard it is. This is someone that won’t moan about how hard the wind blows, they find a way to batten down the hatches and face the storm until it passes. 

They are calm, collected, persistent, and efficient. This is someone you can trust when you need reliability, but don’t turn to them for emotional outbursts of expression, they keep their feelings close to their chest. This won’t be someone that expresses how they feel very often, but they typically have the best interest of others at heart. 

This won’t be someone that’s outright nasty or unfriendly, even if they don’t wish to be open about their emotions as much as others do.

The Knight of Pentacles as advice

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Knight of Pentacles means to that you need to feel more confident in your choices. You have a plan, you have a strategy, and you have the logic on your side. 

If you’re facing a situation and the Knight of Pentacles comes up, it’s talking about keeping your energy consistent and paying attention to your inner wisdom, at times when emotions may want to rule. Learn what you can along the way, keep yourself grounded and be patient.

What is the zodiac or astrological sign associated with the Knight of Pentacles?

Whilst this card is ruled within Virgo season, it’s also important to remember it’s Mars in Leo connection – and it shows. Mars in Leo folks have reasons supporting their desires, and they may have a tendency to get distracted by something more pleasurable. Virgo gets us to pay attention long term though, and to make sure that you’re behaving diligently and grounded whatever your end goal.

Is the Knight of Pentacles a yes or no card?

This Knight is typically seen as a yes card due to its nature of consistency, stability, and endurance as the key. It speaks of you being true to yourself and maintaining a stable and unwavering approach to what you’re doing, that will see you find the payoff you’re after. Perseverance is key here. 

Below are some of my interpretations, as an experienced tarot practitioner, based on different types of questions:

Question: “Will I get the job?” 

Card interpretation: You may find a job offer coming your way that doesn’t particularly have a lot of reward or ‘pays off’ for the work required, but if you wish to progress in your career, you must learn the lessons and skills this job offer has to offer – so take it, listen, learn, and use that to propel yourself further when the time is right. This is the right direction, carry on! 

Question: “Is this new person in my life good for me?” 

Card interpretation: This will be someone you can definitely learn from, so prepare yourself for many lessons with this individual! You may even find yourself turning to them in a sort of mentor vibe as this is someone that understands the work and commitment required to build an empire, and they absolutely would want to see you build your own too. 

Just don’t expect emotional epiphanies from them, this won’t be someone who will unload their emotional state of being onto you, nor is it wise that you do the same to them – turn to others for emotional-related support. 

But you can absolutely turn to this individual for all other support, they are stable, reliable, and know how to work extremely hard. This won’t be someone that outright tries to harm you, so don’t confuse their grounded ‘deep roots’ for harshness or arrogance. 

Question: “Will I achieve my current goals?” 

Card interpretation: It may take time, you can’t go into this expecting results overnight, and if you are willing to remain consistent and persistent in your approach then yes…you will see achieve what you’re after! Don’t take risks, don’t race around, and remain steadfast in what you’re doing. 

At times it may feel like a slug, and it may even be unrewarding, but remember hard work isn’t always fun, don’t lose sight of the end goal(s) and you will find everything paying off. Remain committed, you’ve got this. 

Question:  “Should I start my own business?” 

Card interpretation: Starting your own business literally requires all of your blood, sweat, and your tears, and tireless hours to create something worthwhile. You can’t expect to build an empire overnight, nor can you approach this with a ‘skipping corners’ mentality. 

You must be patient, and consistent, and show that you are willing to endure any and all hardships a business start-up requires in order to flourish and be successful. It is no walk in the park, and so long you know you have to face this decision with unwavering mental and emotional stamina, you will succeed. Don’t expect success quickly, take your time, plant the seed and watch it grow. 

It may be worth investing in your education for the business idea in advance too. You can do this, it’ll be worth the time and effort it requires.

What does the reversed Knight of Pentacles mean in the Tarot?

You’re not finishing what you start. You can’t commit, you haven’t the patience, and solely seek an instant payoff rather than committing yourself to the work required to achieve said payoff.

 All those wonderful things you’re after will start to fall away from you if you aren’t careful, you can’t just expect to grab a hold of everything you desire without putting an ounce of effort in. But you can’t then go and start a thousand and one projects and call that ‘effort’ and expect greatness. 

You must commit. You must work, and you must work hard. It’s time to learn that you must finish what you start, or you’ll begin to see things fall apart around you. 

As a person, this typically will represent a male that you could define as either a lazy slob or extreme workaholic, perhaps obsessed with monetary and material gain, they’ll be a gambler – in all the unhealthiest of ways. 

This won’t be someone you can trust, nor is it likely to be someone you even like or enjoy the company of. They will be overly negative, always bringing the vibe down around them, and is highly likely to be a cheater when it comes to romantic relations – perhaps even abusive.

Reverse Knight of Pentacles

When pulled in the reversed position, the Knight of associated is linked with stubbornness, delay, slowness, irresponsibility, complacency, and pessimism.

What does the reversed Knight of Pentacles mean in a love reading?

Oh dear, this isn’t the best omen to receive when it comes to relationship related questions. The presence of this card can represent various aspects of a relationship, but firstly it can mean that the bond between you and your partner is unstable, you don’t feel remotely secure in this relationship, and it begins to beg the question of how committed and loyal you are towards one another. 

This card can also mean that if things have just become a bit boring, if everything just feels mundane, and as if you’re just going ‘through the motions’ of a relationship, then it’s time to put back in some effort, get the sparks flying again, and rekindle that passion you both had at one point! 

If this is looking to represent your partner, unfortunately this just isn’t a great individual at all. They have no desire to commit to you fully, and there may be elements of being open to the idea of being disloyal very soon. 

They probably view this as a relationship of convenience, rather than a relationship of shared bond and love, and probably seeks to gain what he can from you. Very much someone that will take, take, take, without ever the desire to give back. Be wary. 

However, if you’re single, and have been wondering about a relationship, then take this as a sign that you aren’t ready! That isn’t a bad thing, you just need a bit more time to figure things out, do you have some healing to do perhaps? 

Be aware of this and make sure you don’t drag anybody along even if it seems ‘fun’, don’t torment the feelings of others, as you wouldn’t like it done to you. Be open and honest about not being ready, and know that that’s absolutely okay!

What does the inverted Knight of Pentacles mean in a career reading?

Whatever you’re doing, you need to stop it! You are the sole cause for affecting your health right now, and it’s through your extreme behaviours. Whether this is completely neglecting yourself and your needs, or going overboard and doing way, way, way, way, waaaay too much, you have to remember that both ends of the scale are completely detrimental to our health and well-being! All in moderation – remember! 

It’s time to focus on finding the middle ground of what works best for you and your health before you knock yourself off your feet completely or do some serious damage to yourself. It’s time to start with something small, so either step up and stop being lazy or completely draw back from the billions of things you’re doing and take it slow.

What does the upside-down Knight of Pentacles mean in a health reading?

The presence of this card suggests that you are either focusing too much on your career, and losing sight of other stuff around you, or that you don’t have the drive or ambition that’s required in your career. 

You currently aren’t putting in the work that’s required of you, even if you wish to achieve the grand payoff at the end, you just aren’t willing to work for it. You won’t get what you’re after if you aren’t willing to buckle down and put in what’s required, you know. 

Alternatively, if you’re being too career-driven right now, then you need to pack it in for a bit! Relax! Let loose! You’ll end up working yourself into the ground if you carry on like this – and you won’t be reaping the rewards you seek, so stop it. This isn’t going to pay off. It’s okay to have a bit of fun, my dear.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Knight of Pentacles tarot card is a powerful symbol of stability, responsibility, persistence, hardworking, patience, control, and loyalty. When this card appears in your reading, it is often a sign that you need to take a more methodical and practical approach whilst also keeping pace to achieve your goals. The Knight of Pentacles can also be a reminder to stay the course even when the going gets tough – trust that your hard work will eventually pay off.

Despite its association with mysticism and occultism, the tarot has grown to become much more than a simple “fortune-telling” tool. For many tarot practitioners, it is a complex system made of symbolic imagery and psychological considerations (Tarot archetypes for example) that can be used for self-exploration, meditation, and personal transformation.

The 56 lesser arcana cards relate to the day-to-day events of our lives, the more mundane aspects of our existence. Even though that part of the tarot is about the “smaller picture”, it symbolizes the constant choices we make that shape our lives, our characters, and ultimately our destinies.

Have you ever had a reading where the Knight Of Pentacles appeared? What was the outcome? What does that card mean to you personally? How do you interpret this card in your own tarot practice?

Share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below. Additionally, If you want to know more about the different tarot cards, feel free to check out my complete list of all 78 tarot cards and their meanings.

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Written by Amy

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