The Knight of Pentacles represents the slow and steady pursuit of our goals through the cultivation of patience, dedication, and persistence. It symbolizes the motivation to actively pursue our dreams by taking the small daily steps that build toward a larger vision. It is a card of tending to our physical bodies so that we can maintain the energy necessary to pursue long-range objectives.
Where the key meanings of the Major Arcana focus on life’s overarching themes and events, Minor Arcana cards like the Knight of Pentacles explore and reveal the more subtle changes impacting one’s day-to-day life and near future. The Knight of Pentacles also bears similarities with its fellow court cards the Knight of Cups, Knight of Wands, and Knight of Swords, in that all four deal with themes of arrival, action, and sending or receiving messages.
The Knight of Pentacles is typically associated with the astrological zodiac sign Virgo but also the earth signs in general, such as Taurus and Capricorn.
Knight of Pentacles Keywords
patience, persistence, routines that support daily life, learning from the present moment, planning for the future
impatience, short-term thinking, feeling stuck, resistant to change
Description of the Knight of Pentacles Tarot Card
In the suit of Pentacles, the Knight of Pentacles follows the Page of Pentacles and represents the desire to take action on the dreams and ideas that were incubated in the Page. All Knights in the Minor Arcana represent taking action according to the element of their suit, and the Knight of Pentacles’ style is associated with his element of earth: grounded, practical, patient, and in touch with the rhythms of the natural world.
In the classic Rider Waite tarot deck, The Knight of Pentacles straddles a black horse and gazes ahead toward the future, contemplating the large pentacle he holds in his hand. The pentacle represents his material security and the systems, structures, and habits that will support his well-being. His steady gaze implies that he’s resolutely focused on creating a long-term sense of stability in his daily life.
In contrast to the other three Knights of the Minor Arcana, who are pictured in motion, this Knight is at a standstill. The energy, movement, and potential impulsivity that characterize the other Knights are absent here, and instead, the quality of movement is slow, deliberate, and purposeful.
Although the horse is not moving, the plowed fields in the background imply that important preparatory work has been done, which sets the stage for further growth. The Knight of Pentacles knows how to make the most of each season by planting, pruning, and harvesting at the appropriate time of year and not rushing any part of the process.
Knight of Pentacles Upright Meaning
In a tarot reading, the upright Knight of Pentacles represents a slow and steady process of growth, which requires patience, persistence, and dedication, taking the small steps that contribute to a larger purpose. It is an encouragement to consider the seemingly mundane but important habits, routines, and daily activities that can support your long-term growth, dependability, and success.
By focusing on supporting your physical body and sense of well-being, you can ensure that you have the stamina and energetic capacity to work towards long-range projects and goals. You may be working to build long-term material or financial stability for yourself, or you may be focused on building a feeling of inner stability, security, and self-worth.
At times, the Knight of Pentacles can signify frustration with the slowness of your progress toward a larger goal. This card reminds you to put one foot in front of the other and take it day by day. When you can keep your awareness trained on what is within your control in the present moment, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by the bigness of your dreams.
Love and Relationships (Upright Meaning)
Rather than rushing into a new relationship, the Knight of Pentacles suggests that you are focused on cultivating the feeling of stability and trust in meaningful relationships that can stand the test of time. This card reminds you that you have much to gain by slowing down, tuning into your needs in the present moment, and taking slow but deliberate action toward connections that feel safe, grounding, and nurturing.
The Knight of Pentacles in the upright position of a tarot spread may also represent a feeling of frustration with the pace of a current relationship. You may feel impatient for a connection to grow, or you may be worrying that it’s not evolving at the pace that it “should.” This card reminds you that some connections form slowly over time and that by trusting the natural timing of your relationship, you can work to build a strong foundation of security and trust.
Love/relationships upright keywords
Career/finance upright keywords
building connections slowly over time, cultivating security and trust, slowing down
working toward financial security, long-term plans, commitment to mundane work over time, cultivate trust in timing
Career and Finance (Upright Meaning)
The Knight of Pentacles upright suggests that you’re working toward building long-term material security by cultivating your skills and talents slowly over time. You could be working toward financial stability, building a new business, or a big project or career goal that requires your dedicated efforts, patience, and persistence. Your commitment to putting in the mundane work over time will support you in building toward success.
The upright Knight of Pentacles is a reminder to cultivate trust in the larger unfolding of your life and work and to keep in mind the bigger picture or goal of what you’re working toward, even if the process feels like tedious grinding or unrewarding perfectionism at times. Your path toward the realization of your dreams cannot be rushed, as each part of the process holds important lessons for you along the way.
Knight of Pentacles Reversed Meaning
The reversed Knight of Pentacles may signify impatience with a long-term process or project. You may be working toward building sustainable stability and success and are feeling worn down by the tedious work required. This card invites you to reflect on what lessons can be gleaned from the present moment and to try to cultivate trust that the process is unfolding in its natural and right timing.
At times, the reversed Knight of Pentacles can signify short-term thinking and the need to restrategize how you are approaching a goal. You may be overly focused on generating short-term results at the expense of building more sustainable systems that could yield greater results over time. This card advises you to avoid taking shortcuts, glossing over details, or acting on impulsive desires.
The Knight of Pentacles reversed can also symbolize the feeling of being stuck in a rut and the inability to gain traction toward your desired goals. This card asks you to consider if you are resistant to making changes that could be beneficial for your growth, such as establishing supportive routines or habits that could help you gain traction.
Love and Relationships (Reversed Meaning)
The Knight of Pentacles in the reversed position of a love tarot reading can signify the feeling of being stuck in a rut within your relationships with loved ones. If you’ve arrived at an impasse, this card suggests the need for greater flexibility and openness so that each person can feel heard and understood. You may be in conflict around important issues related to your long-term plans and security and would benefit from cultivating the willingness to listen.
The Knight of Pentacles reversed can also suggest that you’re feeling impatient with the speed or progress of a new relationship. If you are overly focused on the future or on arriving at a certain milestone, you may be missing important lessons unfolding in the present. This card invites you to trust that you will build a connection naturally over time and to stay focused on what’s happening day by day.
Love/relationships reversed keywords
Career/finance reversed keywords
stuck in a rut, a need for greater flexibility and openness, impatience, overly focused on the future
impatience, shortcuts, neglecting details, feeling stuck, pushing outside of comfort zone
Career and Finance (Reversed Meaning)
In a career reading, the Knight of Pentacles reversed can signify impatience with a long-term goal or vision that you’re building toward. If you’re anxious to see the results of your hard work, you may be taking shortcuts, making risky investments, or failing to follow through on important but more tedious detail-oriented work. This card invites you to cultivate more patience with the process and to focus on the practical elements within your control in the present moment.
The reversed Knight of Pentacles can represent feeling stuck in regard to a long-term project, goal, or job. If you feel like a workaholic with no work-life balance, or if your work has become repetitive, dull, or tedious, it may be time to double-check how you can re-energize yourself and overcome feelings of either burnout or laziness. You may benefit from considering how you can push yourself outside of your comfort zone, establish new daily habits and routines, and tweak your goals so that they feel more exciting.