In this series, I’ll be going through the cards of the Wild Unknown Tarot deck one by one. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my interpretations of the tarot card meanings, drawn from observing and spending time with the images. Click here for a directory of all the posts in this series.


Five of Pentacles :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Creator’s keywords: sadness, illness

Who knew roses could look dejected and defeated? Not me, until I started working with the Wild Unknown tarot. In the Five of Pentacles, a rose takes on a human-like posture: bent over, weary, and worse for the wear. A shriveled red petal drops to the ground below.

The background of the card is lined with black, giving the impression of a dark night sky, or possibly a storm. At the top of the card, five pentacles form a half circle of light.

This card speaks to the hard times which are inevitable in the human experience: financial duress, poor health, and other disadvantages. We all have times where moving forward seems difficult. There are certain times when we are impaired or lacking to some degree.

This card hints of times of poverty, but not just in a monetary sense. There are many ways to be impoverished: sometimes, we lack physical energy, necessary resources, acceptance, societal support.

In a reading, this card can ask you to look at where you are experiencing deprivation. It is entirely possible that your lack is caused by an external source, but just as often we are the bearers of our own deprivation.

Are you giving yourself the support, encouragement and inner resources you need? It may also be necessary to look outside the box. The top half of the card is filled with a white light – there is goodness to seek, if we remember to place our focus there.

If you truly are in a situation largely outside of your control, this card asks you to remember that this won’t last forever. Energy ebbs and flows. Hard times come and go. Do what you can, and don’t forget to ask for help! Others want to see you thrive.

The Five of Pentacles often asks us to prioritize our spiritual wealth. It is easy to fall into a scarcity mindset, and life becomes very draining when we set up camp there. What will support you not only in a material sense, but also in a spiritual sense? It’s time to choose to look towards those things. When you focus on seeing potential, you’ll start to find resources in unexpected places.

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