Pentacles are the suit in the tarot deck that relates to diamonds in playing cards. Depending on the tarot deck they may also be called discs, cash, gold, or another similar term. The suit of pentacles corresponds to the north direction and the earth element. It is associated with the season of winter. Pentacles are considered a feminine yin energy. Astrologically, the earth signs are associated with pentacles in the tarot. The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Pentacles represent the material aspects of life. This means the suit represents finances, possessions, accomplishments, manifestations, business, trade, land, home, and our level of abundance. They also represent our bodies, level of vitality, connection to the Earth and nature, and our genetic heredity. Pentacles are an external level of consciousness that mirror our outer situations like health, finances, work, and creativity. As the suit of finances they also address manifestation, realization, and proof of property.
Positive associations with pentacles include our status in society, our personal inner sense of self worth, and our personal values. They also represent our strengths, talents, rewards for efforts well spent, and social and family support networks. Negative implications include material loss, low self esteem, pessimism, materialism, compromised values, stubbornness, inflexibility, and the practical concerns that make us worry.
When we see a lot of pentacles in a spread it can signal that the person is manifesting their life's intentions. They indicate how you will execute your plans for better or worse. Pentacles represent your abundance materially and otherwise. Not just a person's bank account, but also their socioeconomic status. This includes one's lifestyle as well. They gauge how one climbs up the proverbial ladder of success.
When they are in a less than favorable position in a spread they are warning us about making sure we preserve our security, both materially and otherwise. Pentacles don't always mean money as such. They also imply the power it takes to shape our lives, also which serves as an inner richness, as well as materially. Reversed, pentacles warn against “keeping up with the Jones'” and greed. Those things make poor spiritual values. They caution us that money alone does not make a person.
In general, pentacles speak of our feelings of safety. They illuminate our ability to relax and not to worry or fret. They tell us, when they are in a good position in the spread, to create and enjoy your security and happiness. They speak of how much zest one has in their life.