Surprise! Here I am again! Twice in the same week, can you believe it! ??
Frankly neither can I. Writing is not my strong suit. And although I’ve got game, I don’t feel it’s in a blog. But I’ll keep trying until I find my niche.
So what brings me here so soon you wonder. Well it’s another tarot inspired project. This time for International Tarot Day. I’ve joined a group effort in investigating tarot, one card at a time. My card this time is the Knight of Pentacles. Whom I have invoked for this challenge to ensure that I get the job done!
I am so grateful to be apart of this project by Oephebia from Tarot and Kitties in celebration of this year’s Second Annual International Tarot Day! Thank you for including me!
Here’s my summarized investigation…
Knight of Pentacles
Seeking his Way through the Material World
His Motto “I Can!”
And he shall! No longer investigating his way but now responding, The Knight’s actions cause him to nurture before he can master his element. He has performed his experiments and now moves forward in the Material Realm, taking action and challenging what he’s learned. His realm is that of family, traditions and values. His is a world of earthly pleasures and honoring what he loves, making him reliable, dependable and his trustworthy. He’s not a big fan of showing his emotions. His job is that of providing and protecting. He will go without to ensure that others don’t have to.
The Shadow Side
The Knight of Pentacles can be bossy, greedy, and possessive. A bore who’s predictable, routine, and old fashioned. He’s often a workaholic and can be abusive.
As a Person
Someone who has dark hair and eyes. Ages 18-35. A casual dresser who is patient and hardworking. (Often a messenger)
In a Reading
He represents Common Sense, Responsibility, Patience, Hard Work, Determination and Perseverance. We see this build through the Minors 7, 8, and 9 of Pentacles.
Depending where the Knight falls in your spread his message varies. He can be an actual person or bring attention to a part of your own personality.
He’s also known as the card of the future businessman. Possibly someone just starting out after college, making their way and their own mark in the material world.
Below is a list of Characteristics of the Knight of Pentacles
Description and Symbols
The dark haired Knight dressed in shiny armor ( has not seen battle) rides (action) upon his strong black horse (apocalyptic horse of famine- going without for the well being of others) holding out a pentacle (his earthly pleasures) in front of him. (for others to admire and respect) His horse wears red reins (passion, vitality and strength) and has an oak leaf upon his crown (strength, endurance and longevity)(deep wisdom and a doorway to the underworld) just like that of his master. There’s a huge Yellow (intelligence and optimism) glow in the background that towers above the newly plowed fields (a bountiful harvest), and distant trees (2, trees of knowledge). The mountains (his aspirations) in the back are not the tallest of heights but they are fertile and plentiful. The Knight prepares for comfort, of himself and of his horse with a blanket he carries with him. He looks forward to the future.
Reliable, Dependable, Trustworthy, Stable, Loyal, Hard Working, Healthy Lifestyle, Patient, Responsible, Honest, Likable, Friendly, Approachable, Common Sense, Protective, Providing, Ambitious, Worthy, Faithful, Disciplined, Practical, Generous, Steadfast, Strong, Sturdy, Solid, Conservative, Methodical and an Animal Lover
Materialistic, Greedy, Possessive, Stubborn, Irresponsible, Impractical, Simple, Boring, Routine, Bossy, Slow, Lacking Emotion, Dull, One Dimensional, Workaholic, Predictable, Unhealthy Lifestyle, Obsessed or abusive to animals
With regards to numerology, astrology, chakras, crystals, herbs, flowers and essentials, I feel these are a personal preference and will depend on how one sees the Knight with regards to his elements. Is he Earth of Air as some suggest? Or is he Earth of Fire? Is he Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable? What direction does the Earth Element correspond to? North and Winter? Or somewhere else? Where does he fall on the Tree of Life? With Numerology some see him as the 6 on The Tree of Life, Tiphareth, Beauty, Balance and the Son of God. Ruled by the Sun, the Tiphareth is of the World of Creation and also presides over the Brai, 4th and 5th chakras. (Heart and Throat) Others see him as a continuation after the 10 and Page 11(2) as 12(3). Characteristics of the Knight in this regard would include those of: 1 (masculine) being The Magician, 2 (feminine) The High Priestess, 3 The Empress and 12 The Hanged Man. Some see this Knight being associated with the Sacral Chakra, which deals with the element of Fire and the color yellow. I have also found two different accounts of associated herbs. One being elecampane, a root herb associated with the lungs. It is an expectorant and helps with cough and clearing mucus from the lungs. The other is chamomile, which is a long lasting herb with many uses. Camomile is used to treat fever, insomnia, wounds, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It calms and soothes. For crystal associations I found Amethyst and Bloodstone. Amethyst calms and creates patience where as bloodstone detoxifies and purifies the blood.
I personally place no numeric value on the Tarot Court at this time, and see the Knights as Air. (This may change as I evolve.) I have also yet to discover how I feel about the elements with regard to being cardnal, fixed or mutable. I’m apt to go with cardinal. And for Chakras, Gemstones and Herbs, I feel that I must do more research to make a more informed choice. (as well as a future blog on this topic)
Just For Fun
Arthur Rickham 1912
With regards to Folk Tales I find the Knight of Pentacles much like the Tortoise from the tale of The Tortoise and The Hare. Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
The Knight of Pentacles is equivalent to the Jack of Diamonds in a regular card deck. This card is known as the Creative Values Card, A “wheeler-dealer” card. Birthdates for this card include Jan 16, Feb 14, March 12, April 10, May 8, June 6, July 4 and Aug 2. For more info on the Jack of Diamonds follow this link to The Cards of Life website. https://thecardsoflife.com/jack-of-diamonds-person/
How do you read the Courts of the Tarot regarding associations of astrology, kabbalah and numerology? Do you include chakras, crystals and herbs or flowers in your readings? If so, How? What Myth or Folklore do you recognize in this Knight? Please drop a comment. I’d love to hear others views.
Thanks for reading! Sending out wishes for a blessed and happy day of Tarot to All!
Tarot Images courtesy of:
Thoth Crowley & Lady Frieda
The World Tarot ’06 Jessica Godino & Lauren O’Leary
Hollywoodtarot.com Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
Universal Fantasy Tarot ’06 Paolo Martinello, Lo Scarabeo
Shadowscapes Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore
Prisma Visions James R. Eads ’14 self published
Herbal Tarot Michael Tierra & Candice Cantin ’91 Lo Scarabeo
Labyrinth Tarot Luis Royo ’12
Nautical Tarot Jenga Garcia ’15