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Three of Pentacles Meanings (Upright & Reversed)

Last Updated: May 12, 2022

The Three of Pentacles is the third card in the earthy suit of Pentacles (also known as the suit of coins, or disks) from the minor arcana.

The threes in tarot are full of energy, representing creativity and growth, and the Three of Pentacles is all about growth in collaboration with others. Everyone has a role to play and it’s all vital to making great things happen. 

In this article, we will explore the different meanings of the Three of Pentacles in various tarot reading contexts. 

Depiction and symbolism in the Rider–Waite-Smith Tarot deck

In the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, the Three of Pentacles depicts three figures working together to design, sculpt and build an intricate building. 

There is a sculptor who can be seen in conversation with two people holding the architectural plans. The building in the background is a decorative cathedral with three pentacles carved into the stone. 

The characters are seen facing each other and engaging, demonstrating that they value each other’s opinions, expertise and perspective. The cathedral can only be built with the contribution of the sculptor and the architect.

The Three of Pentacles key correspondences

Upright keywords

Teamwork, collaboration, mastery

Reversed keywords

Selfishness, close-mindedness, misaligned team

Yes or No

Yes

Numerology

Three (3)

Element

Earth

Ruling Planet

Saturn

Astrological Sign

Capricorn

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

One person cannot achieve everything all by themselves, we are stronger, smarter and more capable when we combine our skills and ideas. It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses in order to know your place in the bigger picture. 

The Three of Pentacles encourages you to learn from those around you and seek out your team – the people who will support you and work towards a common goal. 

Now is a great time to get creative and move forward with your ideas, have confidence in yourself and your skills, even if you don’t have the experience yet.

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The Three of Coins is the card of teamwork, collaboration, and mastery.

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

In a love reading, this card upright indicates that there is a deep mutual respect between you and your partner. You appreciate what each of you brings to the table and can celebrate your differences while knowing how to work together to work through any disagreements.

Communication is vital, so make sure you’re able to listen to your partner’s perspective and understand that they might see the world differently, but both of your unique experiences and feelings are valid. 

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

In a career reading, this card upright is advising you to learn from those around you. Be confident to share your experience and take your spot as an expert in your field, but remember that other people will play an important role in getting the job done. 

The key right now is teamwork, so be ready to get stuck into working collaboratively and sharing the load, it is only when you can work together that things will start moving forward. People are coming to you for advice and asking you to share your expertise. 

You might feel inexperienced but know that your role and your ideas are as important as anyone else’s. 

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

In a health-related reading, the upright Three of Pentacles is generally a positive sign for your health. If you’ve been putting the work in and looking after yourself, it’s likely that this is starting to pay off and you can see the benefits of making good health decisions and taking positive action.

If you have any health concerns, you don’t have to tackle them on your own. Call in the help of the experts and work together to find a solution. 

The Three of Pentacles as feelings/emotions

If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Three of Pentacles means they respect you and are impressed by you. They care about your opinion and see you as a whole individual person, appreciating everything you bring to the table.

There is mutual love and respect from this person as you both see the benefits of working together and bringing value to each other’s lives. 

The Three of Pentacles as a person

As a personality archetype, the Three of Pentacles represents someone who is an apprentice of life. They are learning in conventional and unconventional ways, taking in the world around them and learning from others. 

They are growing their confidence and finding their place in the world. They are creative and full of ideas, but also prepared for hard work and ready to get stuck in, taking pride in their work and perfecting their craft. 

The Three of Pentacles as advice

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Three of Pentacles means that collaboration is key.

Learn from more experienced people and embrace working as a team towards a common goal. Put your ego aside and prepare to accept help and work collaboratively.

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

The zodiac sign associated with the Three of Pentacles is Capricorn. It is the 10th sign in the zodiac, an earth sign and a cardinal sign. Capricorn energy is ambitious, determined and ready to get the job done. It is very work-focused, just like the Three of Pentacles.

Is the Three of Pentacles a yes or no card?

The Three of Pentacles is a strong yes card in the tarot, especially in relation to career and creativity. It is generally a very positive card to pull in any reading. The outcome is not without hard work but this is a good sign for a positive outcome. Below are some of my interpretations based on different types of questions:

  1. Will I get the job? Yes – prepare to be part of the team, this is not an isolated role 
  2. Is this new person in my life good for me? Yes – you bring out the best in each other with your different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. 
  3. Will I achieve my current goals? Yes – if you set your mind to it and put the work in
  4. Should I make that investment? Seek out the advice of experts and those who know more than you to help with this one
  5. Should I start my own business? Don’t go it alone – so if you’re starting a new project make sure you’ve got a good supporting team around you! 

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

The Three of Pentacles reversed suggests a lack of communication and collaboration. You might feel like you’re walking against the current or that everyone around you is pulling in different directions for their own gain. 

You might feel frustrated and be inclined to put everything on your own shoulders, unable to ask for help. You might find yourself or others being selfish and unable to open up to other ideas and perspectives.

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The reversed Three of Coins is the card of selfishness, close-mindedness, and a misaligned team.

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

You are struggling to see things from your partner’s perspective. You each have your own ideas and focuses and you’re not aligned with the vision of your relationship.

You will struggle to move forward in this relationship if you can’t work together and begin to value one another’s unique experiences.

You are both individuals and that’s what makes the relationship interesting and unique, so be sure to make communication and collaboration a priority.

What does the reversed Three of Pentacles mean in a career reading?

Pulling the Three of Pentacles in the reversed position indicates that you might be feeling the frustration of everyone’s ideas and opinions right now, and like you can’t move forward because everyone has different opinions of the right way to do things.

It might also feel difficult for you to contribute your own ideas because you’re not confident in them or you think they won’t be heard. Try to really listen to what others are saying and find a common ground.

Don’t get too attached to your own ideas that you miss out on what others can bring. The best things happen when you’re able to work together and bring the best bits from everyone’s ideas. 

What does the reversed Three of Pentacles mean in a health reading?

Don’t bury your head in the sand. If something isn’t right it’s not going to go away on its own. It’s time to take action to make things better. You don’t have to face everything alone so take this as a sign to ask for help and get some idea or support. 

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.

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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