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10 of Pentacles?????

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 28 Oct 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.

Kitty  28 Oct 2002 
Okay, I have read my 78 degrees of wisdom, thirteens tarot basics, looked up "learn the tarot" and I still don't feel I understand the 10 of Pentacles in relation to me.

I had the 10 of Pentacles in a recent spread, I am not wealthy in a tangible sense at least, I am not married with children (not even close) and yet in a spread regarding the future of a friendship/relationship I have, the two current energies where the 10 of Pentacles and the 2 of Cups.

Would love to hear examples of when the "10 of Pentacles" was a card that meant something to you. Hearing examples of a 10 of pentacles situation I think would help me fully understand.


nina  28 Oct 2002 
The very first deck I ever owned had names written on the bottoms of the pip cards- The Ten of Pentacles was named "protection" and was described by the creator as representing material protection, could be wealth, could be the actual physical place you are in or the house you live in. She also used the phrase "firm foundations" for this card.
I've heard others here describe the tens as "time to move on" cards so there's that interpretation as well, that it's time to let go of material concerns.

Keslynn  28 Oct 2002 
For me, the 10 of Pents is the next logical step from the 9 of Pents. While the 9 of Pents is material/career success on your own, the 10 is "sharing the wealth" so to speak. I see it as sharing something with your biological family or your chosen family (friends). If it comes up in a relationship reading, I think it indicates great stability and the sharing of many things. Depending on how serious it is, it might mean the creation of a household together at some point.

:) Kes 

Melvis  29 Oct 2002 
Here's a song by Billy Joel that I've always thought of when I get the 10 of Pentacles. Although it's about a relationship with a significant other, I think the sentiment behind it can apply to any relationship in your life. I think Keslynn captured the sentiment when she talked about sharing the bounty of the 9 of Pents with your chosen family.

I also just luuuuvvvv this song!!!

When you look into my eyes
And you see the crazy gypsy in my soul
It always comes as a surprise
When I feel my withered roots begin to grow
Well, I never had a place that I could call my very own
But that's alright, my love, 'cause you're my home

When you touch my weary head
And you tell my ev'rything will be alright
You say, use my body for your bed
And my love will keep you warm throughout the night
Well I'll never be a stranger and I'll never be alone
Wherever we're together, that's my home

Home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Indian's early morning too
High up in the hills of California
Home is just another word for you

If I travel all my life
And I never get to stop and settle down
Long as I have you by my side
There's a roof above and good wall's all around
You're my castle, you're my cabin and my instant pleasure dome
I need you in my house 'cause you're my home.

"You're My Home" by Billy Joel from Songs in the Attic



Kitty  29 Oct 2002 
Originally posted by Keslynn
For me, the 10 of Pents is the next logical step from the 9 of Pents. While the 9 of Pents is material/career success on your own, the 10 is "sharing the wealth" so to speak. I see it as sharing something with your biological family or your chosen family (friends). If it comes up in a relationship reading, I think it indicates great stability and the sharing of many things. Depending on how serious it is, it might mean the creation of a household together at some point.

:) Kes

I don't know how serious it is yet - although I feel serious about it I suppose - Also had the Heirophant -hmmmm

I think the stability is what is card is showing 

Kath  29 Oct 2002 
When I started reading tarot cards, I did a reading for my brother, and I remember the 10 of Pentacles card came up. My LWB said that it was the foundations for lasting legacy (or something similar). So I told him that sometime in the near future he would do something that will grow into a long term thing, possibly starting managed funds, or buying a house, or shares. My brother was single then, without children, and sure enough, within a few weeks he had started a share portfolio.


Thirteen  29 Oct 2002 
I agree with Keslynn and Melvis--10/P is sharing the wealth--whatever that wealth may be, though being pentacles, it's likely physical. Good health, good food, shelter.

This card and 9/Cups are cards for the Holidays, when you sit at that big table and feast with family. It's a feeling of security, of money in the bank, of penty to go around.

It can also indicate that a legacy might be coming your way.

Does that help? 

Fuzzmello  29 Oct 2002 
Well, maybe I'm nuts, but the 10 of Pentacles has always had a hint of smugness, or at least complacency to me.

I see those people as the country club set for whom the good life and pleasure has always come so easily that they're wondering what it's all for. I'm sure they're good people and all - they just seem to be saying or thinking, "What's next?", or "Is this all there is to life?"

Maybe there's something missing in your friendship\relationship that will turn up if times get a little rocky and that's what the cards are trying to say.

Maybe they're just saying don't take this friend for granted.


Teal  30 Oct 2002 
I think the 10 of pentacles can mean an appreciation of what one has, both materially and in the area of family, friends, etc. even if that doesn't include a huge fortune in money or possessions. I know I can feel awefully bountifully blessed when I stop to think what really counts-------like having a roof over my head, money to pay the bills, and healthy kids, grandkids, and friends around. But I'm certainly far from rich in the ordinary sense. 

Pollux  30 Oct 2002 
And that appreciation should also be aimed at the simple things we have, as Teal said before, and the subtle powerful magick that in them resides (I just love 78DW!!! *LOL*).

As "present energy" cards my guess is that whereas the 2 of Cups is for the "emotional contact" that has occurred by "meeting" each other, the Ten of Cups wants to bring your attention on the subtle magick in ordinary things... such as having a boyfriend by your side! ;)

Maybe you have been single for a while, and now you are enjoying the dating and cuddling and little things connected to partnerhood again? Could this be? Honestly, it was the first thing that poppep into my head when I read the card.

Not really wealth or riches, or the boredom in the situation.
Maybe some "istitutionalization" (does the previous word exist?) and making things a bit more serious and official - and an indication of stability and support.
But certainly an enjoinment found or to be found in the present situation.
Bet you are darn excited and happy. :D 

Zhritza  30 Oct 2002 
"Institutionalization" is definitely a word, with a few possible meanings -- the one you meant is correct etymologically, but also it frequently means "putting someone away" for mental health reasons, so you have to be careful with that word :D

If you want a meaning for 10 of Pentacles that does not rely on a romantic relationship or the prospect thereof, a number of decks -- the Medieval Scapini and the Spiral are the two that come to mind immediately -- state in their books or LWBs, or just show in their imagery, the meaning of heritage, ancestry, tradition. (I looked through the thread and I don't think I'm repeating what someone else said, but if I am I beg pardon...) So that's a potential alternative to the settling-down, comforts-of-home track. You can have the card be about learning or gleaning from those that have gone before, in any practical "earthly" capacity, whether it's family or mentors or whomever. 

ihcoyc  30 Oct 2002 
To me, while the 9 of Pentacles is "money," the 10 of Pentacles is "old money." The better kind of money, actually: the kind that doesn't have to be worked for, and so does not coarsen the character of the heir. The financial aspects are taken care of, but there's a certain restlessness beneath the surface.

It's a secure place you can go when times are troubled. A bank or a company that actually uses sound accounting methods, rare as that is nowadays, and will not go under overnight.

Then again, it represents something that you may find stifling and rebel against. The heiress wants to elope. The fortunate son buys expensive sportscars and wraps them around trees. It may be a stuffy old mansion with beautifully polished dark wood and secrets behind the staircase, a place you want to get away from and not look back. You get weary of dressing for dinner. It may be a Skull and Bones, a secret club of prep-school buddies who pull the strings of law, government, and business behind everyone's back.

There may not be physical cash involved here, but it may represent an extension of some of these images. It could be a talent taken for granted, or a place of refuge you return to reluctantly. Robert Frost wrote, "Home is a place where, when you go there, they have to let you in." 

Thirteen  30 Oct 2002 
Originally posted by ihcoyc
To me, while the 9 of Pentacles is "money," the 10 of Pentacles is "old money."

I like this. And I think you're right. It is the "ancestral" home, whatever that home may be--but with 10/p, it's usually the one where there is a certain level of physical comfort and security.

I'll still vote, by the by, that the 2/Cups with 10/P means that Kitty is going to end up taking someone home with her for the holidays--to meet the family, see that ancestral home, and let the poor fellow get grilled as to his finances and "Son, just how do you plan to support our Kitty here? She's use to the best you know...." ;) 

Dark Inquisitor  07 Nov 2002 
I see the 10 of pentacles as energy coming or going concerned with your place of residence.

Energy meaning goods, money, or labor. Can also have to do with inheritances & the establishment of a stable home.

If upright, you might be fixing things up, buying stuff for the house, or receiving money to make a better home situation.

If reversed, you might be getting rid of some stuff, losing money for some reason, or there might be property damage or loss of some kind.


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