Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretations
The 9 of Pentacles at first sight suggests material plenty and prosperity. Money, fine cloths, a beautiful home. This is the harvest card where, at the end of a period of successful growth, there are rich pickings to be collected. In simple day to day terms this card could symbolise treating yourself to something, going shopping for new clothes, enjoying the rewards of your hard work with a focus on one's own material needs and wants. A modest amount of material success and comfort is implicit in this card just as it also is in the 6 Of Pentacles.
The number 9 in numerology is also a card of solitude which is emphasised by the 9th card of the Major Arcana The Hermit. Therefore the 9 of Pentacles is about enjoying any material success and rewards alone. Nines are not romantic cards and do not bode well if the topic of a tarot spread is about romance or relationships as the number 9 is symbolic of endings. It is important to also remember that the number 9 is the number of humanity and being a humanitarian. Just as the 6 of Pentacles has a theme of benevolence so too does the 9 of Pentacles. Where as the benevolence of the 6 is towards family, friends and community the 9 is towards everyone. This might simply be a purchasing decision that favours environmental causes or supports 3rd world producers through fair trade.
The Rider Waite Smith (RWS) deck depicts a richly dressed lady surrounded by lush growth. Bunches of ripe red grapes adorn the vines behind her ready to be picked. She is not a queen but she appears to be in as good a place as The Empress or the Queen Of Pentacles. Comparing her attention to the Queen of Pentacles, who is concerned with her past acquisitions, this lady has her head turned slightly to the right and the future. A clue to where her mind is can be seen in how the RWS artist has split the 9 Pentacles into 6 on the left, and in the past, and 3 on the right and in the future. The number 6 is symbolic of acting responsibly and looking after others as seen in the 6 of Pentacles. The number 3 relates to The Empress who nurtures new growth. Therefore we might assume from these two details that her mind is on the next cycle of growth. She knows she cannot squander all of her wealth and must keep some invested for the future. On her gloved left hand rests a hooded falcon symbolising nature controlled, self control and control of material assets.
The 9 of Pentacles, or 9 of Coins, is a card of harvesting the work of the past and financially gaining from the fruits of labour or investment. The element here is Earth which relates to wealth and material possessions. The aspects of the number 9 in numerology are endings, completion of cycles, harvest time, humanitarian charity and generosity. The number 9 is also associated with The Moon, therefore this card can subtly warn of delusions, dreams and things not being all what they appear to be. It is time to reap what has been sown and tidy up. A time to cash in on the efforts of the past and clear the way for the beginning of the next cycle. The 9's are also card's of solitude and can indicate loneliness in the home or working alone. These financials rewards are to be enjoyed alone.
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THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT
By Arthur Edward Waite (1911)
A woman, with a bird upon her wrist, stands amidst a great abundance of grapevines in the garden of a manorial house. It is a wide domain, suggesting plenty in all things. Possibly it is her own possession and testifies to material well-being. Divinatory Meanings: Prudence, safety, success, accomplishment, certitude, discernment. Reversed: Roguery, deception, voided project, bad faith.
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