The 3 of Pentacles : Manifesting Magic in the Mundane

The 3 of Pentacles is THE card people look for to turn up in a spread when their question pertains to work/ career. This card augurs well for both those already employed and those seeking employment. Pentacles are the suit of the Earth, and represent all things tangible, material and practical. Work, health, finance and the physical body are but a few of the constructs that fall under the purview of the suit of Pentacles. When we merge the number 3 (creative resources, luck, abundance) with the element of Earth, we get an outpouring of all things that ensure our physical and financial well-being.

In tarot, the 3 of Pentacles is first and foremost a career card. Expect recognition and appreciation for services rendered, and the assurance that the work you’re doing is of the highest quality possible. For those seeking a job, this card is a sign that you won’t have to wait long at all.  A promotion could well be in the offing, as is the completion of the next phase in your education/ career path. This is the card of the master virtuoso, the person who has studied long and hard to get where he is, who has obtained his degree, license, and passed all the requisite tests to earn a well-deserved title in the field of his choice. Compare this to the 8 of Pentacles, the card of the student/ apprentice. In the 3 of Pentacles, your course of study is finally at an end. You now emerge into the world to make use of knowledge gleaned in a practical and utilitarian way. Quality is paramount and appreciation is inevitable.

3 of Pentacles from the 'Rider-Waite Tarot'

In the Rider-Waite deck, the 3 of Pentacles depicts a master craftsman proudly showing off his work to an appreciative audience. Notice the bench on which he stands, representing his elevated position. Does this indicate pride of his own accomplishments or the recognition others have given him because of his superior work? This card can be viewed as a ‘step up’ to new realms of experience which support personal and career development. Opportunities to present your work to the public can garner much recognition and respect, and grant some degree of fame in the process. Sometimes, this card can also signify teaching or lecturing, a honing of your craft through presenting your knowledge in theoretical rather than practical forms.

Astrological Association: Mars in Capricorn

3 of Pentacles from the 'Thoth Tarot'

In the Thoth tarot, the 3 of Pentacles is referred to as ‘Works’. The pyramid in the card can be said to be the trinity of success: focus, persistence and commitment. Together, all three give rise to achievement as embodied in the concept of ‘work’. Mars is exalted in Capricorn, its most powerful position, and here, Mars marries will, aggression and drive with the Saturnian (Capricornian) qualities of logic, reason and conservatism. Taken together, the 3 of Pentacles can then be interpreted as the unification of mind, body and heart; the trivium of the soul moving in a single, harmonious direction.

This card is also a positive omen when inquiring about finances, and predicts that loans will be repaid, checks received as per promised, and residual royalties paid off. A renovation to your living or working quarters could also be in the works, as could investments designed to improve the general quality of life or services rendered.

While the 3 of Pentacles is not typically a card signifying romance, it could point to the maturation of a personal relationship. Because this is the card of the master builder rather than the apprentice, in the context of a love relationship, it could indicate reaching the next stage in the evolution of said relationship. A purchase of a new home together is likely, as is a joint venture to refurbish shared living/working spaces.

If inquiring about health, this card advises to choose a specialist who is top in their field. Spare no expense if extensive treatment is required. This card stresses regular physical activity and the importance of maintaining a solid connection between mind, body and spirit. From a spiritual standpoint, this card could represent an initiation of sorts, into a secret brotherhood or the mysteries of an ancient occultist guild. Magic and grimoire are indicated, as are eager mentors to help ease you into this new-found transition. Take another look at the 3 of Pentacles in the Rider-Waite deck: could the young man on the bench be in the process of being indicted into a secret fellowship of sorts, while a man in priest-like garbs and a woman in a strange hooded robe watch from the side, to guide and facilitate him in this initiation? Ceremonies and rituals can be indicated with this card, for don’t even traditional graduation ceremonies have a tinge of ritualism about them (the passing on of the scroll to signify accomplishment, and the transition into the college’s alumnus ranks)?

3 of Pentacles from the 'Deviant Moon' tarot.

There are few if any negative connotations at all attached to this card. The energy of Mars in Capricorn promises success through steady, unswerving application of intellect, dedication and drive. The downside to this energy is perhaps a ruthlessness in the pursuit of ambitions and an obsession with work/ recognition to the detriment of all else. While focusing on the outcome might help us meet deadlines, once we lose joy in the process or the journey, the magic that is to be found in the mundane will continue to elude us.


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