King of Pentacles
My self-study of the Universal Waite Tarot concludes with the King of Pentacles. Or, as I just heard, “the patriarch.”
Green Man; “king of kings”; “ram tough”; virile; potent; “father figure”; Earth father; productive.
Pentacle, scepter, throne with rams (bulls?), crown with carnations, vines, stones, ram’s (bull’s) head footrest, stone wall, castle, either hills or ocean, grapes.
You say rams, I say bulls. You’ll see below that the guide indicates the animal heads festooning the image are those of the bull. I see a ram. In either case, there’s a definite indication of strength and resilience; toughness and perhaps even bullishness.
Gold, yellow, green, brown, black, gray, blue, red, green, silver, pink, orange, purple, burnt umber.
It’s the vibrant blue tracing its ways over the king’s cape, and adorning the cupola of one of the towers of the castle that stands out. That blue feels strong to the point of insurmountability, which is interesting. It could certainly resonate with the throat chakra, and yet I’m not feeling that. It’s more like the near-nullified gender identification of blue for boys.
What the Guide Says About the King of Pentacles
“The figure calls for no special description. The face is rather dark, suggesting also courage, but somewhat lethargic in tendency. The bull’s head should be noted as a recurrent symbol on his throne. The sign of this suit is represented throughout as engraved or blazoned with the pentagram, typifying the correspondence of the four elements in human nature and that by which they are governed.
“Divinatory Meanings: Valor, realizing intelligence, business and normal intellectual aptitude, sometimes mathematical gifts and attainments of this kind – success in these paths. Reversed: Vice, weakness, ugliness, perversity, corruption, peril.”
Well… valor, business, attainments of success, and therefore vice, weakness, corruption: sure.
What We Say About the King of Pentacles
The patriarchal nature of the card is apparent, and will be as a caution of this excess.
“Is that all?” That was my question after channeling that single and pointed sentence above. The answer: “Yes.” So noted.
“See no evil.”
Abundant, of course, and probably wealthy through “sound investments.”
This person might be categorized as a “shark,” as from the series “Shark Tank.”
“Soul of discretion.”
I Might Ask a Client…
“How do you manage the overarching patriarchal tendencies of a highly successful business person?”
“Do you feel you’re a courageous person? How so?”
What comes up for you around this card?