3 of Pentacles | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 5: Defining the 3 of Pentacles

This is the fifth and last installment in this Weekly Tarot Card series. The next series will begin on Monday. However, if you’d like to get caught up on the rest of the week, you can use the following links:

Over the week, I have suggested exercises in getting to the know the 3 of Pentacles. The first exercise was simply to observe and note what about the card popped out to you, and write down any thoughts or feelings you had on what you noticed. On Tuesday I walked you through a mediation before delving into the meaning of the element and the number on Wednesday. Yesterday we looked at some of the common symbolism used int eh 3 of Pentacles.

Today, we put everything together to develop a meaning.

It should be noted that this is just my personal way of interpreting the card, and that you might derive a different meaning from the exercises provided, or from your own personal experience. If that’s the case, I would absolutely love to hear what you experienced during the week in the comments.

Defining the 3 of Pentacles

A good place to start when defining the 3 of Pentacles is to look at the number and the element. The number 3 is about building, creation, creating, and expanding. When we apply this to the Element of Earth, it’s easy to think of plants growing or expanding roots, especially if, like when considering the Ace of Pentacles, you view each Pentacle as a seed.

However, the growth cant’ be done completely on one’s own. There has to be external support. Even a seed relies on gentle breezes to make a stalk stronger, the sun, water, and soil to nourish it, and the information from surrounding plants as well.

In the Rider-Waite depiction of the 3 of Pentacles, there are three different individuals representing different backgrounds and aspects of society. It shows that through diversity of minds working together, growth can happen. The youth in the image is an apprentice, learning their skill through professional practice. The monk and the wealthy woman guide the youth along. This shows that through external help and validation, or through teamwork, something of worth can be developed.

Divinatory Meaning

Three individuals have come together from different walks of life to create one thing. It is through the skills and ideas of the three that they are able to build the cathedral, and each input is equally valuable.

You’re good at your craft, and people recognize it. They have called upon you for your know-how to compliment their own. Through the combined effort, you can create something of worth.


Teamwork, networking, branching out, collectivism.

How did you connect with the 3 of Pentacles this week? What did you find interesting? What did you find useless? I would love to hear your thoughts, and invite you to share your interpretation of this week’s exercises. Defining the 3 of Pentacles concludes this week’s Weekly Tarot Card, and the 3’s of the Minor Arcana. Next week will finish the 3’s completely as we consider the Empress.

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Decks Used

The Aquarian Tarot in a Tin by Italian-born, American-raised David Palladini, was published originally in 1970 by U.S. Games Systems Inc, and then republished again in 2016 in a smaller size. Named after the Age of Aquarius, the Aquarian Tarot is a midieval depiction of the Rider-Waite Tarot system. The images are closer, and thus might give the impression of being more character-based rather than relying on symbolism. This intimate deck provides a stark reflection of the human condition in it’s journey through the tarot.

Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc, 2008. Hertz is a French artist, and the creator of several other beautiful tarot decks. The Faerie Tarot was ‘inspired by the flora and fauna of the French countryside,’ and ‘invites you to see the world in a delightful new way…blending fantasy, whimsy, and nature.’

Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca (artist) and Corrine Kenner (author), published by Lo Scarabeo in 2015. This deck takes works of classic impressionist paintings and recreates them to fit the meanings of the tarot. It pulls from works of Edonard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gough, and Paul Gauguin. A truly beautiful deck, especially for those who have interest in the art world.

Prisma Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, 3rd ed., published in 2016. The deck itself is beautiful, though perhaps not for the beginning tarot reader. The suits all fit together to create a master picture displaying the energy and progression of the suits. The figures and images flow from one card to the next, showing movement within the stationary cards.

Rider-Waite by A. E. Waite. The deck used in these photos is currently out of print. I won’t say much about this deck, as it is fairly standard and probably one of the most produced decks. It serves as a standard for many tarot readers and artists, depicting classic images relating in part to the original playing cards that tarot developed from.

The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. With turn-of-the-20th-century style art, this deck takes from the classic Rider-Waite deck and brings it up to the late 1800-early 1900’s, a time of industry and contemplation for the western world as it moved forward into a more technological era. I am a little biased toward this deck as it’s been my main deck for 15 years. The cards are thick with additional symbolism that can be tricky to pick out of the traditional Rider-Waite, and adds layers of Greek myth throughout the Major Arcana.

Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley (designer and author) and Lady Frieda Harris (artist), published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc., in 1978. This deck takes from most esoteric imagery, and requires the reader of the deck to have deep, initiate knowledge of the symbolism used. There is nothing within the cards that is without meaning. However, on a more surface level, the deck draws from Egyptian symbolism and from the style of the Marseille Tarot (mostly seen within the Minor Arcana). For those looking for deeper understandings of the universe, I recommend this deck. I would caution that this deck is highly advanced, and might be avoided for the budding reader.

Vampire Tarot – by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2000. As mentioned above in reference to the Faerie Tarot, Hertze is a French artist who gained her notability through the publication of her tarot decks. The Vampire Tarot was a bestselling deck upon its release, and plays on more gothic symbolism, providing more jarring interpretations to allow for the accepting of negative forces within the world to compliment the positive forces. The deck brings together myths and legends in the form of vampires, which ‘gives tarot readers a macabre passport’ into the world of divination.


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