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How to Survive the 5 of Pentacles

Updated on December 4, 2016

Help. I have the 5 of Pentacles.

Have you gotten the 5 of Pentacles in a spread? Do you feel hopeless? This blog will help you to become victorious over this card.

When we look at the 5 of pentacles in a tarot deck, we see images that depict being left out in the cold. Pentacles is an earth element. It is how life manifests in the physical for us. Manifestations walk hand in hand with our thought process. The 5 of pentacles explodes with thoughts backed by emotions of lack. Lack can be viewed as poverty, homelessness, and other areas that make up the things we need to survive. As a tarot reader of 40+ years, it was not unusual for me to see this card appear for people with financial means. You would be surprised to see how wealthy people receive this card. It does not only signify monetary needs, but also needs of the heart.

In taking a closer look at this card, we will see it as a minor branch off the Major Arcana, ‘The Hierophant’. The Hierophant deals with the social values of a given community, society or religious belief. Our belief system is taken from the social order we follow. A deeply spiritual person, for instance, may find it to be a sin to have surplus of money. If they did, their chance to go to heaven could be lessen. This is often summed up with this quote, “Money is the root of all evil.”

A person brought up in poverty might consider those with massive amount of money as evil in some form. They would not wish to earn six figure pay check, in fear of it reflecting at them as being evil. As you can see, there are many deep subconscious beliefs that have become attached to people, who are not even aware of it. In my opinion there is as much of a prejudice towards those with mega bucks, as there is a prejudice for race, religion or nationality. The Tarot 5 of pentacles would be a perfect card for the state of our world right now, as well as the other suits of the 5, plus the Hierophant.

In understanding the binds that have imprisoned us, by our ancestor patterns, we begin the awakening process of money. It is neutral. A person’s value system is what creates a positive or negative setting.

Do you Dare to cross the Bridge of Fear?

5 Of Pentacles

Rider-Waite 5 of Pentacles
Rider-Waite 5 of Pentacles

5 of Pentacles can help your Cross your Fear Bridge.

Are you tired of living with your fears? In tarot, the number 5 is about challenges. It is hungry to reveal your own thinking patterns. Are you playing victim or victorious? The victimembraces the theme that others are responsible for the condition of my life. It surrounds us with emotions that heighten our disbelief in our own abilities. It is at this 5 we meet our challenge, and it waits to see if we will answer it. Will we play victim and stay in our misery, or will we swear to be victorious and rise above the situation. Even not deciding is still considered a choice, so no one is immune from this activity.

What type of thoughts do you use that would be covered by the 5 of pentacles? I’m this way because my family did this to me, or my sun sign says I’m this way. I always have bad luck. Will see, most likely something will happen to mess it up. The vastness of these three sentences can easily clue you into your own 5 pentacles thought pattern. It will keep you in the victim mode, unless you consciously stop it.


In what area of your life is the 5 of pentacles running havoc? Have there been opportunities to increase you lot in life, but you turned them down? What were your reasons behind this? Are you in the camp of excuses or in the camp of exploration? When offered an opportunity, what is the first sentence out of your mouth? This will clue you into how your mind works, and which camp you have joined. The camp of excuses is tied to your fear of success or failure.

Manifesting Dreams

Manifesting with the 5 of Pentacles

The 5 of pentacles means depletion of energy going outwards into the world. Our energy and aura is filled with self-doubt, which we cling desperately. We utilized every excuse given to our predicament. I won't get hired. My boss hates me. All men/women will break your heart. When the 5 of pentacles enters a reading, I typically ask what is keeping you out in the cold. Is it our economic environment? Is it because you lost your job? A common answer is, ‘Nobody will give me a break.’


The 5 of pentacles is about the lack of energy to manifest your needs. It does not care where the needs rests in your life. It just is concerned with your inability to drum up enough energy to manifest a creation.

To discover where this lack stems from, you will need to search your past, and ask yourselves these questions.

1. Who took your energy away?

2. Whose belief do you possess that tells you that you can't.

3. Where did this originate?

Find those answers, and you will discover where your emotions are tied. Your world is made up of your emotions and perceptions. As stated in the beginning of this Hub, I have read tarot for people of financial means and this card plays havoc with them. It is equal to the emotional output as those who have no resources or very little. The reality is never pertaining to money, only to your perspective. If your belief system correlates money as a negative, you will draw lack to you. It will support what you believe. Are you holding on to your culture beliefs of your ancestors?

The 5 of Pentacles is a road block. You will need to use creative action to move through this block. The block is where you have wasted your energy, in the past. It is in your thoughts and actions. Something depleted you, and now you need to figure it out. Soon you will arrive at the 6 of pentacles, and there will be a choice given to you. This choice is in energy exchange. If you are trying to exchange depleted energy, all you will receive is depleted energy. Like must attract like.

How to build your energy up? What of value do you have within yourself? Seek this out and begin to increase it, with more focus. Lax on the focus of what you don’t value in yourself. It’s time to be our best support team.

Discover those areas that described you as worthless, and began to correct them. In fixing our ‘Doubting Thomas’, we become energized. Energy will begin to flow through us, which attracts new better experiences. Through this, we become accountable for our actions. We switched from the camp of excuses to the camp of exploration.

Flying Free

Are You Ready to Fly?

I am sure you are wanting to rise above your current conditions. To become victorious might be your chant. You can do this. The moment we take accountability for our choices, we begin the path of exploring. We have arrived, at the suit of 6, in Tarot, and decided to hold ourselves accountable. Areas of lack in our life, have drawn a new perspective. They aren't covered with excuses any more. We know an excuse is a choice to scream victim Victim is not an arena we play. We are willing to conquer our fear, be it success or failure, through exploring new ideas and methods.

If you ended up with the 5 of Pentacles in your reading today, you have just received a blessing. It is time for you to explore those chains that have bind you throughout your life. Soon, you will have a choice to be free, or not.

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