The Five of Pentacles is an intense card – the card of destitution. However, like other cards that have a church-vibe, this helps us understand the some of the most divine aspects of the suit of pentacles – those of giving and community. The Five of Pentacles shows us what happens if we cling to the miserly attitude seen in the previous Four of Pentacles card.
Snow falls around the two figures, and in this case, seems to indicate that they’re “out in the cold”. The black background is an indication that this is a time of need of grief. Like the stained glass seen in the Four of Swords, this is symbolic of how situations can appear differently depending on our perception. Are these two figures out in the cold, or are they on their way inside the warm church? Interestingly the stained glass recalls the colors and abundance seen below the pentacle in the Ace of Pentacles card.
Upright: When the Five of Pentacles appears in a reading, this is an indication that there is a crisis we’re facing in our life, either in terms of our work, our home, or our bodies. This challenge disrupts the peace and security we enjoyed during the previous Four of Pentacles card. While this is a challenging card, the card has an important message – there are places we can go for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your family or friends and ask for help. The card may be an indication that we feel alone or abandoned. The Five of Pentacles acknowledges the challenging time we’re facing. However, the card is also thought of as the ‘Divine Intervention’ card. It calls on us not to lose faith. The universe hasn’t turned its back on us – warm spring will follow the cold winter.
Reversed: When the Five of Pentacles appears in the reversed position, this is typically a time when we’ve just gotten over a major crisis or challenge, and are coming out the other side. You’re getting back on your feet and have a renewed sense of hope. Spring is on its way.