As a reminder, the suit of Pentacles is driven by feminine energy and represents values related to stability, growth, and material aspects in the life of the Querent or subject of a reading. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of pentacles to the classical element of earth, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Minor Arcana: Positive elements of Knight of Pentacles
As an embodiment of the element of Earth, the Knight of Pentacles is holding his ground, ready for anything. His heavy black warhorse is calm and obedient, and his armor is heavy and protective. He seems to be standing on top of a hill, like a leader or a tactician reviewing the field to adapt his plans and anchor theoretical concepts within the real world.
Like the page of pentacles, he is holding the symbol of the suit of Pentacles rather lightly, resting in his right hand.
Echoing the stability of the element of earth, the Knight of Pentacles meaning is closely tied to order and discipline. He will suffer no idealism or wild concepts, instead focusing on practical matters and anything that is tried and true.
As such, the Knight of Pentacles is extremely reliable. He is someone that will never let you down once you have secured his trust and support. Just like the illustration on the RWS Minor Arcana tarot deck, the Knight of Pentacles is stout, heavy-set, and ready for anything that might be thrown at him.
Finally, his practical aspect often ties the Knight of Pentacles to conservative ideas and values. Where some would find routine and repetitive actions boring, the Knight of Pentacles would see them as safe and reliable methods to get things done.
Negative elements of Knight of Pentacles
This over-reliance on conservative values and viewpoints can be one of the largest downsides of the Knight of Pentacles, which come to the surface when it appears reversed in a reading. It might represent outright refusal to steer away from the beaten path, ignoring any chance to improve or alter “something that works” when faced with even the slightest chance that things might go wrong.
As such, a reversed Knight of Pentacles can be the embodiment of stagnation, ignoring any potential progress, and leading to the eventual entropy and collapse of any system. But the most common downside of the Knight of Pentacles is that, more often than not, this craving for routine and stability will make him an extremely boring person.
Knight of Pentacles and love
The Knight of Pentacles often represents a middle-aged conservative man, one that might embody the traditional archetype of the family man who drives a large sedan or hatchback, put his savings on low-interest guaranteed investments, and probably has some sort of sweater tied around his neck.
In love, the Knight of Pentacles is a reliable family man, someone that will never bring any spark of spontaneity to the couple, but who will be extremely loyal and protective of their own family. The Knight of Pentacles also cares about his reputation, so will usually try to represent some kind of perfect ideal and do their best to resemble the Hollywood cliché of the suburban family man.
Knight of Pentacles: Traditional meanings
Don’t expect anything wild or unusual when dealing with a Knight of Pentacles. Representing the active aspect of the element of earth, it condenses the stability and reliability of this element. A dedicated conservative, he will shy away from anything that differs from the norm and can be a little close-minded at times.
He is, however, incredibly loyal and devoted to his family and loved ones, and will take a bullet for them if needed. He might not be the one to go to when you want to do something wild and unexpected, but he is definitely someone you can count on.
Conservatism, reliability, results, hard work, and rectitude.
Reversed: Inertia, close-mindedness, boredom, and excessive perfectionism.