9 of Pentacles

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The Nine of Pentacles presents us with the very image of abundance, material accomplishment and self-reliance. A wealthy woman – an entrepreneur or a businesswoman, perhaps – stands in her abundant garden. Flowering vines wrap around nine large golden coins, and in the background, the woman’s large house serves as another reminder of her success. The falcon on her arm indicates that her self-knowledge has helped guide her to where she is today.

When the upright 9 of Pentacles Tarot card comes up in a reading, it is a good omen, a sign of success, abundance, fruition and independence. The Nine of Pentacles indicates the kind of success that has been built, achieved and earned over the course of a long career, and through much hard graft. When the Nine of Pentacles appears, there is a sense of finally being able to relish the fruits of your labour.

On the other hand, the reversed 9 of Pentacles Tarot card hints at an inability to manifest material wealth and abundance, due either to a lack of concentration and focus or to over-investing yourself in the wrong activities.

What the Pentacles mean in Tarot

The Tarot’s Minor Arcana has four suits, one for each of the four elements. The suit of Wands embodies fire, the Cups embody water, the Swords embody air and the Pentacles earth.

The earth element deals with the material realm, including our physical bodies and environments, and our possessions and finances.

Numerology number 9 in Tarot

The number 9 is the final single digit, and according to numerology, it contains all of the energies, as well as the wisdom, of all of the previous numbers within it. The number 9 symbolises divine completeness, finality and accomplishment.

It is interesting to contemplate the numerological meaning of the number 9 as it relates to the 9 of Pentacles Tarot card. Its core meaning is all about completion, fruition, being able to enjoy the fruits of all of the hard work you have put in and the lessons you have absorbed along the way.

Nine of Pentacles Tarot card description

The woman

The nine of Pentacles shows a wealthy, well-dressed woman standing in a lush, flowering garden. She is wearing a luxurious yellow dress with small flowers embroidered on it. Her expression is serene and proud. It is clear that she is an independent woman, enjoying a high social status and material comfort.

The Pentacles

Nine large golden coins are stacked in the card’s foreground, just behind the female figure. She has one hand resting delicately on one of the coins, showing that she has created her wealth through hard work and a hands-on approach. Hers is not inherited wealth, but fruitful accomplishment that has been built from the ground up over a long period of time.

The card’s main character is clearly and rightfully proud of her accomplishments and is not afraid to flaunt or enjoy her wealth.

The flowering garden

The woman is surrounded by a flowering a garden, busting with green vegetation and flowering vines. Her right hand rests on one of the golden pentacles, her fingers wrapped around the vine, hinting at her hands-on approach to wealth creation, as well as the healthy relationship she has with money.

In the background is a large house, presumably belonging to the card’s protagonist – yet another tangible manifestation of her wealth.

The falcon

A hooded falcon sits on the woman’s left hand. It represents her spiritual self control and her intuition, both of which have served her well in building her fortune.

Nine of Pentacles Tarot card meanings

The Nine of Pentacles contains multiple layers and shades of meaning. Here are the primary upright Nine of Pentacles Tarot card meanings.

Material success

The primary meaning of the Nine of Pentacles Tarot card is affluence. Wealth, status, accomplishment and professional recognition are all included.

When the Nine of Pentacles shows up in its upright position, it indicates that you have arrived at a place in your life and in your career where you are able to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Typically, the Nine of Pentacles Tarot card might come up to indicate that you have reached a high level of professional and financial accomplishment. You may have accomplished so much and played your cards so well for so long that you have secured your future and can look at what you have created with pride and appreciation.

Abundance and luxury

The upright Nine of Pentacles suggests that you have earned the right to enjoy what you have created.

Like the female figure in the 9 of Pentacles card, you are in a position to purchase the material items you want, and you may even be able to support your loved ones and donate generously to causes you believe in, without eroding your strong financial foundation. With money has come the ability to live out your desires. Money might not buy you happiness, but it can purchase joyful experiences and luxurious items, so why should you deny yourself these things?

Financial independence

A rundown of the upright Nine of Pentacles card meanings would not be complete without mentioning financial independence and self sufficiency.

Your money and other material blessings are your own, rather than inherited or belonging to a spouse or benefactor. You may have build your fortune through your own business, or by honing a rare skill that people are willing to pay you a premium for.

Nine of Pentacles reversed Tarot card meanings

When the 9 of Pentacles comes up reversed, so does the way it is interpreted. Here are the key reversed Nine of Pentacles Tarot card meanings.

Lack of financial knowledge or ability

The reversed Nine of Pentacles can hint at a lack of focus on your financial future. The female figure in the upright card did not achieve her material success by accident, but by design. She crafted her wealth by taking action on her dreams.

Over-investment in fruitless activities

The Nine of Pentacles reversed can mean that you are over-investing yourself in activities that are not adding anything to your prospects or your bottom line. In other words, you may be throwing hard work and effort after a dud.

Nine of Pentacles Tarot card interpretations

Each Tarot card is like a prism of meaning – which layer or facet stands out in any particular reading is always going to depend on the other Tarot cards that appear in the reading, as well as on the invidual Tarot reader’s take. Here are a few examples of how the 9 of Pentacles could be enterpreted within the context of different Tarot readings.

What the Nine of Pentacles means in a love Tarot reading

Upright

You are in a place of richness, abundance and self-sufficiency. Like the figure in the 9 of Pentacles Tarot card, you know what you want, and you already have your own successes and wealth. In other words, you are in the perfect position to form or deepen a romantic connection. You do not need or rely on anyone, which frees you up to love for love’s own sake.

Reversed

You may be scrabbling to remain or become financially stable. Not the best conditions under which to find love, but that doesn’t mean love can’t find you.

What the Nine of Pentacles means in a career Tarot reading

Upright

You are in a wonderful place in terms of your career. Whether you have built your own business or created an impressive body of work as a creative, your career is at its peak. Everything you have been planting and nurturing is now bursting into bloom.

Reversed

You are still in the process of establishing yourself as a professional, and your flow of income may be uneven. It is time to become more focused, and to look at which activities in your working day might be a waste of your time.

Lucius Nothing

Lucius has been slinging tarot cards professionally since 2014. He’s taken the tarot to places most wouldn’t think of: His best-known patrons include Torture Garden, The Dark Circus Party, Handel & Hendrix, A Curious Invitation and The Candlelight Club, where he has been resident tarot reader for the past half-decade. His writing on divination, magic and creativity has been published in Sabbat Magazine and on Medium.

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