Here’s one of the hardest-working cards in the tarot deck.
The Knight of Pentacles – like the other knights – is obsessive about their suit.
Where the Knight of Swords could be fixated on a grudge and the Knight of Cups is a dreaming romantic, the Knight of Pentacles has signed up for some seriously hard work, and is gonna see it through to the end.
I’ve written before about this card’s steadfast, plodding, perhaps-a-little boring (sorry!) qualities. Unglamorous qualities like commitment, stamina, determination mean that you can always rely on the Knight of Pentacles will get the job done. And I wonder if this means that they get taken for granted?
But looking at The Wild Unknown version of this card (the Son of Pentacles in this deck) where the image is of a young stag, head bent under a crescent moon that is made full by a pentacle, the work itself, or rather, the purpose of the work, becomes the source of beauty.
This doesn’t just represent a person who is committed and hard working, it’s a person who has found genuine fulfilment in their work. They’ve found the soul in their craft, or they find the process of work a spiritual experience, or else they simply know that what they’re doing is deeply, genuinely important.
I feel like this knight wouldn’t commit to just any old task – the plodding workhorse just doesn’t come through here. It feels so much more conscious and more self-directed than I’ve through before. This person watches and waits, listens to their intuition, pays attention to the world around them…until they see the opportunity to do work which is truly meaningful, and which feels just right for them.
So when they find that work, they put their heart and soul into it and see it all the way through to its end. And that is a beautiful thing.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.