--By Hyperion Night of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot
The King of Pentacles
Discipline. Reliability. Leadership. Abundance.
Every now and again my friend's husband will sneak in for a Tarot reading.
I say "sneak," because his appearance is always casual, accompanied by a nod and a this-is-just-for-fun wink. He's got a King of Pentacles personality, so taking a Tarot reading seriously isn't in his wheelhouse.
But I don't mind, because here's what IS in his wheelhouse. He's a wealthy entrepreneur who's helped a lot of people with his personal and professional philanthropy. He is a man of discipline and abundance. If he says he'll do something, you can count on it. And because he consistently works at the details of his life every day—whether that's in his relationships, his business, or his health—he excels at them all. He once mentioned he reads ten pages of Greek philosophy every day. It may not seem like much, but over the course of years, he's become close to an expert. And while I don't have that sort of discipline, I admire it in others, especially when it garners such remarkable results.
The Symbols of the King
Like all the Kings, the King of Pentacles is the master of his suit, and this suit is about the physical world and taking action in it.
He wears a crown of roses and lilies, symbolizing (respectively) authority and being rooted in the twin paths of passion and purity, devotion and knowledge. We see these roses and lilies in the Magician card as well, and the King is a lot like him in that he can manifest his desires through the magic of disciplined action. His black cloak (color of the earth element, like his throne) is decorated with grapevines, which are symbols of luxury, life, harvest, and the mysteries of the natural world. He's no austere Emperor figure.
The King of Pentacles enjoys life and all it has to offer.
What does the King Mean for You?
Like the other court cards, the King of Pentacles could represent you or someone around you.
How are this king's energies operating in your life? Or do you need to bring more King of Pentacles energy to the situation?