(The above image is a copy of The Knight of Pentacles card in a standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The 6 symbols pointed out above are explained below.)
The Knight of Pentacles stands firmly upon tilled ground, gazing into the complexities of the pentacle. He is heavily armoured and ready for anything that my come his way. The Knight of Pentacles illustrates being eternally prepared to enact your vision whenever the time is right.
For more information about The Knight of Pentacles card, check out A. E. Waite’s description here.
Point 1 – KNIGHT
Unlike some of the other knights in the minor arcana, the knight of pentacles is calm and upright, carefully holding the pentacle up to the morning light. As one would expect from the material suit, the knight is heavily armored, ready for any battle that may come his way.
Point 2 – HORSE
Distinct from other horses, the horse in this card is black and apparently standing still. His black color provides a stark contrast to the yellow background and causes the whole knight to standout in the card.
Point 3 – PENTACLE
Like the pentacle in the Page card, the pentacle here is the same color as the background, causing it to blend into the sky. While other knights are brash and headstrong, the pentacle forces the knight to be keen of his surroundings.
Point 4 – HELMET PLUME
The plume coming out of the helmet is green and leafy. In contrast to the traditional red plume, the green plume connects the knight to the earth element. He is one with nature similar to the figure in the Nine of Pentacles.
Point 5 – RED BRIDLE
Clothing the horse in another contrasting color is a red bridle. The horse and knight might be standing still, but the red bridle suggests a deeply seated passion that mimics the charging horses of other knights.
Point 6 – TILLED LAND
In juxtaposition with the green fields found in the Page card, the land here is tilled farmland. The ground that the knight is standing on is full of potential growth and sustainability. The ground thus illustrates the spiritual potential of a knight charging to manifest his vision.
Like the Eight of Pentacles, an Upright Knight of Pentacles illustrates the execution of incredible work ethic. Perhaps you are in the middle of a professional project or are going through an exercise regime. An Upright Knight of Pentacles encourages you to stay the course. You have the skill and the vision to reach your goal.
A Reverse Knight of Pentacles suggests that you have the vision but lack the work ethic. This is a mixed bag. You should be encouraged that mentally you are on the right track. You should also however dedicate a significant amount of time developing a schedule and milestone list. After you lock down your work ethic though, your goals should be completed in no time.
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