The Six of Pentacles Tarot Card’s True Meaning: Love, Health and Money

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The Six of Pentacles Tarot Card’s True Meaning: Love, Health and Money

The Six of Pentacles indicates that the success you achieve will be determined by the time, compassion and money you’ve invested in others.

The reverse also holds true — through their generosity, someone you consider to be an outsider will help determine the extent of your own triumphs.

  • Element: Earth
  • Planet: Moon
  • Astrological sign: Taurus
  • Key dates: May 1st to May 10th

Visual Elements and Symbolism

In the Rider-Waite deck, the Six of Pentacles depicts a wealthy man dressed in a red robe, handing out coins to the beggars kneeling at his feet. He holds a balanced scale in his left hand, symbolizing fairness and equality.

This card represents financial security and the importance of being generous to others.

The Six of Pentacles as a Person

The Six of Pentacles as a person is very boisterous and energetic. They are typically strong and reliable, often leading others to envy their very pronounced and prominent aura.

The Six of Pentacles also care deeply about those around them — they will stop at nothing to help friends and family in times of need. Their connection with spirituality has taught them to be calm and patient, always striving to perform good deeds for the benefit of others.

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Six of Pentacles — Emily Garverick


The Six of Pentacles Upright: Positive Meanings

This card in the upright position represents kindness, generosity, and the giving of gifts. This generosity doesn’t necessarily manifest as money, but rather wisdom, knowledge and time.

Either you’re the one being generous with others, or someone else is being generous with you. Either way, remember the old adage that the more you give in life, the more you will receive.

Love and Relationships

If you’re in a relationship, this card indicates that your partnership is mutually beneficial. Balance will only continue to strengthen your bond and make you virtually bulletproof to any relationship woes.

If you’re single, you’re likely to meet someone who will be extremely kind and generous towards you. Your positive energy has drawn this person in and caused them to care for you very quickly. Be open to this love and reciprocate — it’s likely the start of something great.


Drawing the Six of Pentacles in a career reading indicates that you’ve arrived in a good place professionally. You’re finally being appreciated for all the hard work and dedication you’ve given to your career.

Your skills may come to the attention of very influential higher-ups who could arrange for you to ascend the corporate ladder very quickly. If you run your own business, a high level investor may take notice of your creativity and look to invest in your operation, which would expedite your success.


Financially, you’re doing great — so well in fact, that you feel the need to constantly be generous with others. On the other hand, you may be at the receiving end of someone else’s generosity, which could completely change your life.

In either scenario it’s your positive energy that has brought you wealth and fulfillment.


Finding this card in a health spread can mean one of two things with respect to your health. Either your health has dramatically improved, or it’s time to start reaching out to others for help should it have taken a turn for the worse. Those around you are more than happy to help in any way they can.


The Six of Pentacles Reversed: Negative Meanings

The Six of Pentacles reversed indicates a lack of generosity, or gifts that come with undesirable strings attached. Someone in your life may be showing generosity, but at a cost, making you feel trapped.

On one hand you could be the gullible party, however, on the other you could be the one trapping others with your false generosity.

Love and Relationships

If you’re in a relationship, the Six of Pentacles suggests that it currently lacks balance. One of you is dominating the other, exercising a total abuse of power by changing the conditions of your love, generosity and devotion. If left for too long, this will completely ruin your relationship.

If you’re single, your greed and arrogance may be off-putting to others who would otherwise like to approach you. On the other hand, you may be too generous for your own good, allowing new people to take advantage of your generous nature.


You’re likely being undervalued and underappreciated in your current position. A person in a position of power is dangling an opportunity for advancement in your face, only it comes with the condition that you do everything and anything they ask of you, no matter how challenging it may be.

On the other hand, you may be causing your own demise in the workplace as you’re becoming a sycophant who’ll do anything for the attention of your bosses. You need to find balance and start understanding which promises are genuine and which aren’t.


Financially, you’re experiencing extreme debt. This may be due to others not showing enough generosity to you or your not showing much generosity to others. Your tendency to take care of things has led you to no longer being able to take care of yourself.

You may have been involved in a charity scam or extorted by someone you trusted who knew they could take advantage of you. You need to learn from these mistakes if you ever want to get back on your feet.


Your neglect for your own health and inability to ask others for help has led to your becoming ill. You need to take advantage of the resources around you in order to improve your health in the future.

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Six de pièces — Kelsey Showalter


Your Past, Present, and Future

In the past a parent was so wrapped up in a desire for wealth and greed that they became completely consumed by it. This has deterred you from going down the same path.

In the present, your empathy and quest for balance has allowed you to take hold of your life and show compassion towards others. Your ability to give enables you to receive lots of help and love in return.

In the future position, the Six of Pentacles indicates that you aren’t capable of making others show beneficence. However, you can “kill them with kindness” and continue rewarding those around you who deserve to be shown love.

Important Card Combinations

When cards are placed in combination, they feed off each other to create a more rounded reading. In some cases, the cards paired with the Six of Pentacles will challenge the inherent traits this card possesses.

Six of Pentacles and Hierophant

A pairing with the Hierophant foreshadows a shady interaction with someone or a group of people who intend on taking advantage of your generosity. Be careful is the freedoms you give with your wealth and be sure to be comfortable with all the conditions, especially the fine print.

Six of Pentacles and Temperance

This combination indicates you’ll have to forgo some of your favorite pleasures for the next little while — hence the presence of the Temperance card. Don’t allow this to stop you from having fun, however. If anything, now is the time to find new pleasures in life.

Six of Pentacles and Magician

The Magician transforms the Six of Pentacles and bestows significant powers upon you. You’re in charge of something of great magnitude but aren’t aware of the effect you may be having on others. Be careful with what you do with this power — don’t abuse it or hold it over others.

Six of Pentacles: Yes or No Questions

The Six of Pentacles is a card of success, generosity and wealth. It suggests helping others and finding a balance between giving and receiving. Your positive energy will reward you with good fortune and happiness. As such the answer is a definite “yes”.

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