5 of Pentacles – Rider-Waite

5 of Pentacles - Rider-Waite Minor Arcana

Rider-Waite – Five of Pentacles description


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

5 of Pentacles keywords

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.

Additional Meanings: Conquest of Fortune by Reason.

Reversed 5 of Pentacles keywords

Disorder, chaos, ruin, discord, profligacy.

Additional meanings: Troubles in love. 




Le Cinq de Denier: Amant ou Amante

Lover, Person In Love, Chivalrous Man, Refined Woman, Husband, Wife, Spouse, Friend. Paramour, Mistress. Love, Cherish, Adore. Harmony, Accord, Suitable Character, Presentable, Decorum.


Muddled, Disorganization. Debauchery, Disorder, Trouble, Confusion, Chaos. Damage, Ravage, Ruin. Dissipation, Wasting. Dissoluteness, Licentiousness. Discord, Disharmony, Conflict.



Paul Foster Case

Five of Coins

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 Querent through lack of imagination and foresight.


Uncertainty; material trouble. 


5 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. W. says: “It foretells material trouble above all.”


The latter saying of Mr. W. 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.


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.

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