The Six of Pentacles is a card of giving. It’s the healing that giving provides to others as well as to our self. This is a time of having enough and also having the ability to share the abundance you have in your life with others who are in need. By sharing abundance with others, stability in the community is intact.
The robe the standing figure wears denotes his wealth and status. The group in the card is an indication of community and teamwork. It’s the security that comes from having a loving community. The scale is an indication of balance, similar to that in the Justice card. In this case, the balance is more in terms of having enough on the material realm and less about karma in a divine sense. There is a rebalancing happening in this card, following the imbalance seen in the prior Five of Pentacles.
Upright: When the Six of Pentacles appears in a reading, it can either be a time to give, or if you’re in need, it’s a time to ask for help. While this is the traditional interpretation, in my experience, the Six of Pentacles is always about giving. The card calls on us to be thankful for all the good things we have, and asks us to consider, ‘What can i give?’. This doesn’t have to be about giving money. It can also be about sharing our time, lending an ear, or simply being there for a friend in need.
Reversed: When the Six of Pentacles appears in the reversed position, it’s an indication that we should be cautious. Be careful about get-rich-quick schemes, and don’t commit to giving more than you realistically can provide. This can also be a time when we’ve been generous, but for the wrong reasons. Charity to look good in the eyes of others doesn’t provide the same joy to your heart. Finally, a reversal warns us to be careful not to be taken advantage of.
This is one of my favorite cards. Whenever it comes up, it reminds me to consider, What can I give?