Nine of Pentacles, Minor Arcana, Pentacles IX
The Nine of Pentacles shows a serene woman in a lush, abundant garden with a trained falcon resting on her gloved hand. She is in charge of the bird, yet her power doesn’t come from forced will. She is synced with the forces of nature.
Her other hand is resting on six pentacles that are on the left side of the card. There are three more on her right side. Because left is associated with the past, the right with the future, and pentacles with material comforts, we can assume that her abundance comes from having taken the right actions in the past, and it spills all the way into her future.
We can see her house in the background, on the right. She has a home, a sense of belonging, and a lot of stability. The mountains on the left, again in the background, symbolize the difficulties she has overcome, the distances she traveled – physically, emotionally, or financially.
She feels at home in this environment – she almost blends in, given the colors of her dress, the ground, the pentacles, and the sunny background. Her dress features many symbols that look like flowers but are also very similar to the sign for Venus – a planet known for luxury, beauty, and abundance.
She is facing right, meaning she has made peace with her past and she is looking forward to the future. Birds symbolize spiritual messages or messages about the future. She seems perfectly fine with whatever her bird might bring. She believes the future will be good.
Because the Nine of Pentacles is about all things abundance, in some readings, it can signal pregnancy, especially at an older age, or in a financially stable environment. Even though the very many Venus symbols suggest a sweet mother-daughter lineage, only the bird knows if it will be a boy or a girl! There’s no male figure in the card, but the existence of a house in the background suggests that the baby will have a good home with loving parents or caretakers.
If your reading is about your career and finances, the Nine of Pentacles is a great sign! If you’re about to make a decision e.g. about taking a job, making an investment, opening a business etc., your decision will help you create a rich future. The card suggests you worked hard to be where you are right now, and this won’t be where you stop either! There’s more to do, be, and have! Just make sure you feel grounded and calm when you make your decision. Don’t get carried away by the riches that will come your way.
If there are no urgent decisions to make, and you just want to know where your career or financial situation is heading, this card means you are heading in a beautiful direction. Whether you can feel or see the abundance in your life yet or not, it’s coming! Make sure you know how to hold onto money as it comes. After all, part of getting rich is saving!
What does the Nine of Pentacles Tarot card mean for love?
For singles, having the Nine of Pentacles in your reading might mean arriving at a place inside you where you’ll feel perfectly at ease with how things turned out. Looking back, you’ll realize why certain relationships didn’t work out and you’ll make peace with the fact that they are now in the past. You’ll stop feeling bad about them, or about how you’re still single.
People can be married and miserable. They can be single and truly happy. Or vice versa. What matters is how people feel – not their marital status. Little by little, you’ve been cultivating self-love and the Nine of Pentacles suggests very soon you’ll be at perfect ease with your love life – and hey, that’s actually when things change! That’s when you attract emotionally healthy people who go into relationships because they want to (and not because they need to).
For couples, the Nine of Pentacles might mean having arrived at a beautiful, calm balance in your relationship. No toe-stepping, sabotaging, yelling or fighting. All that stuff is in the past. You have realized you are in the same boat, and that together you can only head in one direction. So, you’ve learned to get along, make compromises from time to time and make things work. There’s harmony in your relationship. Sure, things aren’t perfect, but they are good enough, and sometimes “good enough” is perfect.
What does Nine of Pentacles reversed in Tarot mean?
Nine of Pentacles reversed shows financial difficulty, disharmony, disconnection from the environment, lack of trust in the self and in life. It’s the opposite of all that the card symbolizes when upright.
Nine of Pentacles reversed can be a calling – you might need outside help to put your life in order. If the reading is about your finances, work with a friend who’s very good with money, or a financial advisor if you can afford one. If the reading is about your love life, talk to a relationship coach or a psychic or spiritual advisor. Find out why there’s so much disharmony in your life. It could be due to something small – maybe a belief you hold, or a feeling you refuse to feel, such as vulnerability.
Pentacle cards – all 14 of them – in Tarot’s Minor Arcana are associated with the earth element, which is associated with the astrological signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Nine of Pentacles is associated mostly with the constellation of Virgo, as Virgo has a lot to do with earthly abundance.
The Nine of Pentacles could symbolize a Virgo in your life, most likely a woman, but more often than not, the card has to do with the overall quality of your life, than a specific person. Your psychic Tarot reader can help you decipher what it means, based on the other cards in the spread and the use of their intuitive skills.