Description: Five Pentacles depict a poor woman and a man with crutches walking in the snow. They have bare feet and are tattered in their clothes. They walk past a beautiful and colorfully lit church window. The man even has a bell around his neck that probably indicates he is ill and can infect others around him if they get too close.
Characteristic of both of them is that in their belief that they are poor and in a hopeless situation, they deter them from looking for an opportunity for change – they see nothing but their own problems and suffering.
Five Pentacles generally symbolize a sense of insecurity, worry and pain. The two people on the map are clearly suffering, and are in some kind of life danger. The two do not see the illuminated window behind them, but are only focused on coping and surviving. There is a feeling of great loss associated with this card, which means that one is experiencing pain.
Among other things, the card can symbolize that you have to deal with the loss and the pain and find out what it will tell you and what lies behind it.
Interpretation: When you draw this card, it could indicate that you are very concerned about money, health, relationships or any other external situation in life. And it suggests that you have doubts about your own ability to handle the situation – particularly around communication skills, and how you affect others. Or you may find that it can be difficult to create a meaning and an overall purpose in life. But five Pentacles also shows that you are ready to see your situation as it is.
You have the opportunity to free yourself by creating the change or transformation that is needed. Find out if it’s about you having to communicate something. It may also be that you need to work with a feeling within yourself; for example, an old pattern of concern. In that case, it will be beneficial to work on being in the present, instead of in the future and in the past.
Other words that could describe five pentacles are: pessimism, loss, pondering, worries, helplessness, hopelessness, confusion, poverty, difficult conditions and persistence of problems and ailments and coming to terms with a situation.
Numbers: In the next five weeks or months, you can advantageously lay the building blocks for new foundations, new opportunities.
Affirmation: I see my situation clearly. I free myself from worries. I communicate when needed.