Minor Arcana: Reading The Coins Tarot Suit
The Ace of Coins
This card is usually illustrated as a hand that is coming out of a cloud and holding a Pentacle or a Coin with a five-pointed star somewhere on it. The background is filled with a lush garden, which can be read as a depiction of having plenty. It symbolizes the beginning of something new or the appearance of a chance to get more. As the suit would suggest, it can mean that a new source of money will be coming to the person being read. It could mean that an opportunity to earn more financially will show itself, or that the person being read will come upon money soon. It indicated prosperity.
Upright: New financial opportunities, manifestation, prosperity
Reversed: Lack of planning, lost opportunity, lack of foresight
The Two of Coins
When upright, this card means to struggle in a positive influence, juggle, to maintain, or to balance. When the card is reversed, the meaning changes to excess juggling, imbalances, and excess struggling. When this card is drawn, the general advice is to take another look at balancing your life.
Upright: Adaptability, balance, time management
Reversed: Financial disarray, disorganization
The Three of Coins
This coin signifies quite a few different positive attributes, and can mean that the mastery of a specific skill is in the future when it comes to a personal trade or work. It can signify earning artistic ability, achieving perfection, or dignity through being given power or rank. When the card is reversed, the meaning changes to include sloppiness that results in an outcome that is lower quality, banal ideas, a lack of skill, or a general inability to stop focusing on things that really have no value.
Upright: The first stage of fulfilment, teamwork, learning, collaboration
Reversed: Not using the skills in your possession, lack of teamwork
The Four of Coins
This card represents someone that loves material wealth, like someone who hoards things that have value and have no intentions of sharing with anyone else. When the card is reversed, it can be a warning about the tendency of spending too little.
Upright: Stability, control, possession, security
Reversed: Materialism, greed, self-protection
The Five of Coins
This card can be the foretelling of a hard situation or some kind of quagmire that the person involved won’t be able to get out of quickly. It could signify being trapped in indecision, ambivalence, or feeling left out but still determined. The church windows that are illustrated on the card can be read as an implication of hope and charity. This usually means that these things are going to be difficult to fight for, but they’ll be worth it in the end. There is a figure portrayed on the right that isn’t obviously drawn as either a friend or a foe to the man on the crutches, so that could suggest some kind of unsure relation in the equation. It’s obvious by the way that the card is drawn that someone is in trouble and needs help, and you can further read the card to mean that the person being read will either be repelled away from someone or something or drawn to them in slow degrees. The bell that is drawn around the neck of the crippled man implies that the issue that is being addressed with this card is urgent. It’s not something that should be ignored, as much as the person being read might want to, because doing so will only make the problem worse. The destitution that is illustrated on the card is meant to signify material trouble above all else, though it can be interpreted as more than just financial troubles. It’s also a card that portrays lovers; the husband, the wife, the mistress, and the friend. This should an affinity between the two figures. When the card is read upright, it is read as a sign of losing resources, losing faith, losing a lover, or losing some kind of security (like emotional, financial, or both). When the card is reversed, it signifies the end of dark times and brings in the return of hope. Sometimes this return of hope can be slow, but it is there, and the person being read will learn from the hardships that brought them here. The advice given when this card is read is that it is best to look at things positively; view the glass as half full instead of half empty. It is also advised to seek help when it is needed and try not to fear rejection.
Upright: Insecurity, isolation, financial loss, worry, poverty
Reversed: Spiritual poverty, recovery from a financial loss
The Six of Coins
The illustration on this card features a merchant that is weighing money with a pair of scales and handing it out to the needy. This signifies a feeling of gratification and vigilance, though it should be known that it isn’t possible to satisfy all of the needy people. When the card is reversed, it represents cupidity, desire, jealousy, illusion, and envy.
Upright: Charity, generosity, giving, sharing, prosperity
Reversed: Selfishness, debt, one-sided charity
The Seven of Coins
This card is usually a sign of movement. This could mean moving to another house, to another job, or to a higher position within the person being read’s given career. When it is placed in an upright position, it can be a sign that the person being read needs to show their commitment in their work or their dreams. It might seem like trivial work with no personal benefit, but it’s best to focus on the spiritual and emotional rewards of the extra work that you’re putting into things. When the card is reversed, the meaning changes to excess personal resources and energy that’s being expended that could be causing strain on the person being read or the feeling of handing out too much of your personal time or resources and not feeling as though you’re getting enough for it in return. It can also signify a feeling as though no matter what you do, you can’t move forward. When this card is drawn, the advice given is that the person being read should take another look at their commitment levels. If the person being read has given too much for too long without getting what they were looking for, then it might be time for them to cut their losses and move on. This is especially true when it comes to bad investments of money and time.
Upright: Perseverance, vision, reward, profit, investment
Reversed: Limited success, lack of vision for the long-term, limited reward
The Eight of Coins
The illustration on this card shows an artist that has made his name with his work, which you can see in the trophies. Divinatory meanings of this card include commission, employment, craftsmanship, work, and skills in a specific craft or business. This would go hand in hand in a reading for someone that had a business in the beginning stages of development. Remember to keep a steady hold on your patience, and remember that you have specific goals in mind. When the card is reversed, it can be a sign of vanity, emptied ambition, cupidity, usury, or exaction. It might also be a sign of the possession of some kind of skill, like the way that an intelligent mind can turn to cunning and intrigue.
Upright: Education, apprenticeship, engagement, quality
Reversed: Lack of ambition, perfectionism, lack of focus
The Nine of Coins
The illustration on this card portrays an aristocratic woman on a large estate that is surrounded by grapevines. This is most likely meant to represent her material wealth. There are flowers on her robe and a hooded falcon is resting comfortably on her arm. There’s a young, blue shelled snail making its way towards her. She doesn’t seem to realize that the snail is there, or the potential outcomes of their paths crossing. When the card is read upright, it can be a sign of independence financially, being able to treat yourself to luxury, being self-reliant in personal interests, or being stable enough financially to feel completely at ease and secure. When the card is read reversed, it can mean that the person being read is spending too much, is dependent on someone else for financial needs, is lonely when it comes to pursuits of personal relationships, feels as though they are below where they need to be financially, or that they have everything that can be bought with money but they still feel starved spiritually or emotionally. The advice given when this card is drawn is to look at the cause of your problems and focus on what will make you feel more complete and secure. As always, be sure to learn along the way.
Upright: Luxury, gratitude, culmination, self-sufficiency
Reversed: Financial setbacks, being overly invested in work
The Ten of Coins
This card illustrates the coins based on the structure of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Looking at the card, you’ll see an old man and a bodyguard talking to a woman. It is commonly read to be an association to financial matters, family matters, or some mixture of the two. Some people read it as an association with riches or affluence. It might have something to do with work of some kind. This card is labeled Wealth in the Thoth tarot deck, and is connected to the third decan of Virgo. It’s also said to be ruled by Mercury.
Upright: Inheritance, wealth, establishment, family, retirement
Reversed: Loneliness, financial failure, loss
The Page of Coins
This card often represents a young person. It can also mean a change in the person being read’s career or be seen as a sign of more responsibility. Generally, this card is drawn in tarot readings for students.
Upright: Financial opportunity, manifestation, a new job
Reversed: Lack of planning, lack of progress, short-term focus
The Knight of Coins
When this card is drawn, it can signify a young man that has dark features and complexion. This reading combines the symbolism behind the characteristics of a dark complexion with the suit itself, and the young man with knights. This card can also be read as someone that is hard-working or stubborn, set in their ways, or serious. A reason that this card might come up could be that the person being read has a problem that they can’t stop thinking about that has something to do with the other meanings behind this card. The problem might be that the person being read doesn’t know when to put their foot down or they have some kind of question about their home life or work.
Upright: Routine, efficiency, methodical, conservation
Reversed: Boredom, laziness, feeling stuck or unable to move forward
The Queen of Coins
This card is described as being "Sensual and earthy, she enjoys abundance in many areas of her life. A lover of luxury, she is quick to share her wealth". Just like all of the other court cards, the Queen of Coins is said to represent someone that plays a part in the person that’s being read’s life, though it’s possible that the card represents the inquirer themselves. Queens are generally read as representing a mother figure, a young woman that is mentally mature for their age, or an adult woman. In short, it indicates a woman that is learned and wise. She may also be a business woman of some kind, a provider, a patron of the arts, or someone that embodies the ideals of working hard to reach success. This woman will be maternal, down to earth, and nurturing in nature. She will show an interest in the welfare of other people and feel for their situations, especially if she cares for the person. When this card is placed in reverse, the Queen is said to neglect the things that she is responsible for but still manage to keep up public appearances.
Upright: Homely, practical, down to earth, motherly, security
Reversed: An imbalance in familial commitments, an imbalance in work
The King of Coins
The illustration on this card portrays a man of a mature age that has a considerable amount of earthly power; he’s usually a diplomat or a businessman of some kind and it’s a given that he would have a lot of practical wisdom. Sometimes, the King of Pentacles is considered to be a miserly figure. It’s said that he lusts after sensual delights and material goods. He’s of high social standing and he intends to stay there. The negative side to this is that he could be someone with a rather large ego, someone who the querent wouldn’t want to cross. The illustration shows a man who could very easily assist the querent in learning social and practical things that he will need in order to gain respectability or wealth. Just like all other court cards, seeing this card in a reading may indicate contact with someone of this type of high standing. The riches that are illustrated might not be material goods, though it could be read that way if supported by the other cards in the layout. In the Rider-Waite deck, you’ll see that the illustration shows a man sitting on a throne of black that is decorated with a gold bull. There are grapes on his clothes, and there is a castle in the background.
Upright: Control, security, power, abundance, discipline
Reversed: Domineering, authoritative, controlling