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Six of Pentacles Meanings (Upright & Reversed)

Last Updated: February 16, 2024

The six of Pentacles is the sixth 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.

There are two sides to the six of pentacles – you might be the giver or the receiver, and your position can change over time and at any point. In this article, we will explore the different meanings of the 6 of Pentacles in various tarot reading contexts.

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Pictorial Symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

The artworks from the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck contain deeper esoteric meanings that tarotists love to decipher. The Six of Pentacles depicts a well-dressed, wealthy man in a red cloak and headwrap. He is seen giving coins to someone in need who kneels at his feet, while a second person also kneels at his feet and looks up longingly.

The giving of the coins represents the movement and sharing of wealth or resources from someone who has plenty to someone who is in need. The wealthy man holds a balanced scale, representing the balance and fairness of this exchange. 

The Six of Pentacles key correspondences

Upright keywords

Generosity, balance, and sharing resources

Reversed keywords

debt, self care, inequality

Yes or No

Yes

Numerology

6

Element

Earth

Ruling Planet

Venus

Astrological Sign

Taurus

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

The Six of Pentacles suggests that you are in a fortunate position, you have built up your own income and resources and are in a position to help others in need. This might be through financial charity, by giving your time, or by sharing your wisdom and expertise with those who could benefit from it.

The six of pentacles is all about balance in giving and receiving; sometimes you will be the giver and sometimes the receiver. If you are in need of help, be willing to receive and be grateful for people who are there when you need it. Remember the importance of balance and positive exchange, there are many ways you can share your resources, even when you are low on money. 

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When pulled in the upright position, the Six of Coins is linked with generosity, balance, and sharing resources.

What does the upright Six of Pentacles mean in a love reading?

In a love reading, pulling the Six of Pentacles suggests you have a balanced partnership. You know what each of you bring to the table and appreciate the support of one another. You appreciate both giving and receiving in your relationships, you enjoy caring for and being cared for.

Balanced doesn’t necessarily mean you offer the same things; one of you might be more financially stable than the other and support the relationship financially, but the other might do more around the house or provide important emotional support.

Be mindful that any of these imbalances do not turn to resentment; it’s important to understand your different positions and where you’re at, and know that this may shift and change over time.

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

In a career reading, the Six of Pentacles represents the importance of a mentor or someone in a senior position who is willing to help you progress. They may have some valuable connections, an opportunity to offer or words of support or wisdom. 

You might want to seek out this person through networking and making new connections, but make sure you are not doing so in a way that is solely for your own benefit; this support will benefit both parties. 

Be willing to accept this help and show gratitude to those who are supporting you. As the Six of Pentacles is all about balance and reciprocity, look at ways you can also support those who are behind you as you progress yourself. 

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

If you’re struggling with poor health right now, there is help out there in the form of community, mentors or experts. Look for community groups or seek out others who might be able to support you in your health journey. You might find support in someone who has gone through the same thing as you. 

The most important thing to remember is don’t try to do it all alone, be willing to receive and appreciate the help and support from others. 

The Six of Pentacles as feelings/emotions

If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Six of Pentacles means they view you as someone to turn to when they need support. They value your position and your expertise and are grateful for your help. Equally, they feel like this is a mutually supportive relationship, they know that once they are in a better position they too can offer support. 

Your relationship is supportive and mutually beneficial, and you both want to see the other one succeed and do well. 

The Six of Pentacles as a person

As a personality archetype, the Six of Pentacles represents someone who often takes the role of mentor, guide or expert. They are generous with their time and resources. They have had to work hard for what they have, and have seen the payoff of the work they’ve put in. 

They are very aware of where they came from and what it took to get out of it so they are willing to help others who are in the position they were once in. They know that everything is fragile and temporary so they appreciate and show gratitude for everything they have and don’t take it for granted.

The Six of Pentacles as advice

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Six of Pentacles means that it’s okay to ask for and receive help. The positive effect of sharing resources and knowledge touches everyone involved, so whether you are in a fortunate position with resources to share, or whether you need a bit of extra support to get back on your feet, remember that there is no shame in asking for help and there are people out there ready and willing to share what they have. 

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

The Six of Pentacles is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign so it is the master of stability and financial security. Finances and material objects are important to Taurus, and also important themes in the Six of Pentacles. 

The associated planet of the Six of Pentacles is Venus. Venus rules over love and money, which we can see reflected in the Six of Pentacles themes of generosity, wealth and equality. 

Is the Six of Pentacles a yes or no card?

The Six of Pentacles is a yes card and generally a positive card to pull in your spread. It is a sign that things are going the way you want them to, that the hard work you’ve put in is going to pull off and that you will be in a fortunate enough position to support others.

Below are some of my interpretations based on different types of questions:

Question: Will I get the job?

Card Interpretation: Yes, there are new opportunities ready for you and people who want to offer help.

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

Card Interpretation: Yes, your relationship might seem imbalanced in ways but you both want to support each other and there is a mutually positive exchange.

Question: Will I achieve my current goals?

Card Interpretation: Yes, the work you put in now and the connections and advice you take will help you reach your goals. 

Question: Should I start my own business?

Card Interpretation: If you decide to go out on your own, make sure to get advice and support from those who have gone before you. There are many resources and opportunities so be sure to ask.

Six of Pentacles as Timings / Timeframes

Tarot timing involves assigning precise timeframes or durations to the events and transitions indicated by the tarot cards in a reading. Personally, I use the tarot decan wheel, an astrologically-based method that aligns each Minor Arcana card with a distinct segment of the zodiac calendar.

Based on that, I determined the timing of the 6 of Pentacles to be from May 1 to May 10. 

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

Pulling the six of pentacles reversed can symbolise imbalance in your life. You might be giving too much of yourself away to others and not getting anything in return. It might be time to take a look at your boundaries and expectations and put a stop to other people taking advantage of you. 

It’s important to you that you are able to share your resources and your energy, but be mindful of letting yourself slip to the bottom of the list of priorities. Make time and opportunities to give to yourself as well as others, self-care is vital to your wellbeing. 

reversed six of pentacles

When pulled in the reversed position, the Six of Coins is linked with f debt, self-care, and inequality.

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

There might be a power imbalance within your relationship, so be careful that you’re not relying solely on other people to bring joy and support into your life and don’t give away your power to others. 

Bring some of your attention to yourself and know that the most successful and fulfilling relationships happen when you are content with yourself and provide for yourself first. 

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

Be mindful that you are not being taken advantage of. Are you expected to give more than your fair share, or do you feel you should be compensated more for your work? Your work-life balance might be out of alignment and it’s important to check in if you’re feeling like you’re giving more than receiving. 

Look at how you can make this relationship more mutually beneficial and feel like a positive energy exchange – which may mean setting some boundaries or asking for a pay rise or more benefits. 

What the Reversed Six of Pentacles Indicates in a Health contexts

You can’t pour from an empty cup, so make sure you look after yourself first before you try to look after everyone else. If people are expecting too much from you, it’s time to set some boundaries and know what you are able to give without it having a detrimental effect on yourself. 

Make yourself and your health a priority, say no to the things that you’re unable to do and give your body the things it needs. And remember, if you need some extra help, don’t be afraid to ask for it and receive it. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the 6 of Pentacles tarot card is a powerful symbol of generosity, balance, and sharing resources. When this card appears in your reading, it is often a sign that you are being called to give back to others in some way. Whether it’s your time, your money, or your talents, the 6 of Pentacles asks you to share what you have been given with those who are less fortunate.

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 Six 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.

Charlotte H.

Written By Charlotte Hamilton

Charlotte Hamilton is an artist, tarot reader and founder of Sugar Storm Studio, a creative studio that empowers weirdos, rebels and outsiders through alternative fashion, creative workshops and tarot. Find out more at www.sugarstormstudio.com and follow on Instagram @sugarstormstudio.

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