Key Meaning: Steady Progress
When the Knight of Pentacles appears, it means that you are making steady progress in one or more areas of your life.
Knight Pentacles Keywords
🥰 Upright: Progress, patience, duty, strength
😒 Reversed: Unfocused, stagnation, delays
Knight of Pentacles Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck.
A Knight is mounted on a workhorse, holding a pentacle and surveying his agricultural lands. The horse is standing, all four feet to the ground, to symbolise stability, groundedness and connection to earth. As the Knight looks to the horizon, it is only to inspect the land or read tomorrow’s weather, not to daydream. This Knight represents steady and practical progress. He is not rushing into action like the Knight of Swords, or looking for adventure like the Knight of Wands. When this Knight appears in your reading, it heralds movement. Where there has been stagnation or you’ve been waiting for news, there is now movement.
While all Knights herald movement, there is a difference in the pace of movement.
Knight of Swords – rushes into action, events come suddenly and swiftly.
Knight of Wands – fast, but not as fast as the Knight of Swords.
Knight of Cups – slower than the Knight of Wands.
Knight of Pentacles – the slowest of all Knights, movement is very gradual.
Court Card Personality Traits
When this Knight refers to a real person, he is a young man under 30 who is conservative and understated, not some fancy Prince Charming. This is a simple, salt of the earth man who is predictable and can be be trusted to finish a job. He is slow to anger, but when aroused, it is difficult to get him to back down. While all Knights look for adventure, this Knight takes care of the ordinary details and everyday responsibilities that other Knights tend to overlook. He is good with animals, practical with his hands and has a sensual, lust for life.
This card is associated with sun signs Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.
LOVE: What does The Knight of Pentacles Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the Knight of Swords turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on whether or not you are in a relationship.
💖 If you asked will I find love? – the answer is Yes. Your new love is likely to be an Earth Sign, that is Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo. Regardless of gender, they will embrace some of this court card’s personality traits (see above).
💖 If you have just met someone – they may not be the most romantic or inspired lover, but they will be faithful, supportive and a good provider.
💖 This card can represent moving in with your partner; or moving location or emigrating with your partner.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify When You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Knight of Pentacles, then it can mean:
⭕ Don’t take on any projects at this time that are not directly connected to whatever you are currently engaged in. The additional work-load would only serve to dissipate your energies – whereas what is required at this time is focus on what you need to do to achieve your goals. This is a time of hard work, responsibility and continued perseverance.
⭕ You receive a job offer for more money.
⭕ You will travel more with your job. Or a business trip opportunity arises.
⭕ You experience a break-through with your job, study or passion project. Finally, you feel like you are on the right path.
⭕ You have considered being your own boss for a while, and now take steps towards achieving your goal.
Jobs associated with this Tarot card include: Farming, truck driver, manual labor, builder, physical trainer, veterinarian, real estate, retail worker and craftsperson.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of Knight of Pentacles in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive this card, it can mean:
💲 You experience a gradual increase in wealth. Don’t expect sudden windfalls, this Knight rather predicts steady gains.
💲 You profit comfortably from a property sale, rental or some other investment.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“Knight of Pentacles combined with The Lovers” – A solid and lasting relationship
“Knight of Pentacles combined with The Tower” – You can handle sudden changes
“Knight of Pentacles combined with The World” – Change has been in the air for some time
HEALTH: What does The Knight of Pentacles Mean When You Ask About Health?
If you are worried about your health and the Knight of Pentacles turns up – it signifies health improving. Usually the improvement is the result of your hard work and effort. Maybe for example, you’ve been working with a physical therapist to restore movement after an injury or illness. Or with a healer or counsellor to overcome another physical or mental scar.
Health conditions associated with this card include: depression, circulation problems, fatigue, wrist problems and carpal tunnel syndrome.
YES/NO: Does The Knight of Pentacles Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this card turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does The Knight of Pentacles Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This Tarot card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 Using my timing method, the Knight of Pentacles is about 12 years. If the card is reversed, timing will be slightly longer – so up to 18 years.
Karina’s Timing Method:
Swords are days. Wands are weeks. Cups are months and Pentacles are years. Please note this is my personal timing method. Feel free to adopt it (or not).
What is the Meaning of The Knight of Pentacles Reversed?
When our Knight is upside down then he is thrown off his horse. This means:
✔️ You experience delays or issues appear that block your progress.
✔️ Your confidence has been knocked, and there is nothing to do but get back up on the saddle and try again.
✔️ You are bored and unwilling to put the effort in. This boredom could refer to work, study or your romantic life.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: carelessness, impatience, inflexibility, insensitivity, sloppiness, stagnation and stereotypical behavior.
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