Five of Pentacles – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Five of Pentacles - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Five of Pentacles – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Five of Pentacles in a Tarot reading conveys the impression of going through financial hard times in a relationship whether it is lover, mistress or husband and wife and you maybe better off moving somewhere else, however, they do stay together.

In the reversed position it can mean that a relationship has brought about the financial troubles.

Five of Pentacles – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Emanation, expansion, love-making and the consequences: lover, mistress, husband, wife, friend; sympathy, popularity, enthusiasm, hopefulness, well-being, affinity. Expenses, material troubles, and in weak cases: disorder, vagrancy, roaming about without aim, waywardness, bad conduct, profligacy, confusion, etc. It is sure to indicate love outside the lines of a legal marriage. Strong individualism, which however is probably ruled by a strong will and a good heart. Brilliancy, but sometimes lack of the sense of responsibility. Travelling or emigration will do much good. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Five of Pentacles

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


Two mendicants in a snow-storm pass a lighted casement.

Meanings Five of Pentacles in a Reading

The card foretells material trouble above all, whether in the form illustrated–that is, destitution–or otherwise. For some cartomancists, it is a card of love and lovers-wife, husband, friend, mistress; also concordance, affinities. These alternatives cannot be harmonized.

Five of Pentacles – Reversed

Disorder, chaos, ruin, discord, profligacy.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Conquest of fortune by reason.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Troubles in love.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Five of Pentacles

Divinatory Meanings
Five of Pentacles – Lover or Mistress, Love, Sweetness, Affection, Pure and Chaste Love.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Disgraceful Love, Imprudence, License, Profligacy.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Five of Pentacles

Lover, mistress, also husband and wife, friend, beloved person. Accord, convenience, well-being, affinity. Reversed they give: Bad conduct, ruin even, confusion, disorder, discord, dissipation, chaos, profligacy. Mr. Waite says: “It foretells material trouble above all.”

The latter saying of Mr. Waite is probably correct in any case, but we do not agree that the different renderings “cannot be harmonised.” The Fire of the heart on the Ninth house, that of Sagittarius, explains them all without difficulty. It is the emanation of love, which makes practically the lover and the mistress, e.g. husband and wife, when regularised by civil law, and friends, when between persons of the same sex, sympathy and popularity, enthusiasm, hopefulness, love of travelling, roaming about, which in weaker cases easily leads to Bohemian habits, carelessness, disorder and so on. Society will call this in many cases bad conduct, and find much to criticise. That the expansive nature indicated by this card causes ‘material troubles above all,’ is evident, because it means that more is given out than received, which in matters of this material world does in fact bring troubles. But of a sort that may be easily forgiven, and helped, if not carried too far.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Five of Pentacles
On the cube is the symbol of Mars, for among the Divine Numbers, 5 is the Sphere of Mars.

Time period
First decanate of Taurus, under the rulership of Venus, from April 20th to April 29th.

Labor, toil, the cultivation of the land; building, and plans concerning it; some anxiety over money.

Toil unrewarded; loss of money; poverty; trouble for the Querant through lack of imagination and foresight.

Uncertainty; material trouble.

Further reading

More information on the Five of Pentacles Tarot card.