While common sense is said to be so rare as to be considered a superpower in this modern day and age, the Knight of Pentacles (or Prince of Coins) is not afflicted by a lack of it. He knows that any apparent overnight success is due to years of putting the shoulder to the wheel. At his best, most angelic self, he consistently expresses an inner standard of excellence in all his work and takes great delight in doing so. In the fable about the tortoise and the hare, this Knight is the tortoise.
All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.
~ Author Unknown
The blessing of the Knight of Pentacles is to help us understand that perseverance is a virtue that is just as important as courage. Meditate with him for a while if you lack stickability or if you can’t get excited about your work. He will help you see that all you need is the ability to focus on the task at hand and the rest will take care of itself. Your ambition is not what will win the day. Getting your hands dirty, day after day after day is what will help you reach your goals.
On the flip side, this sensual Knight can be downright lazy, stubborn and doggedly resistant to change. Which side are you expressing today? Are you a doer or do you prefer dreams of success while munching on a bar of chocolate in front of the telly? How can you harness more of this Knight’s positive qualities?
I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.
~ Coleman Cox
Affirmation: “I consistently do my best and rejoice in a job well done.”
Knight of Pentacles Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for teaching me that it is an inner standard of excellence consistently expressed in my daily work that best honours you. Help me be a faithful servant today. Amen and so it is!
Zodiac Sign: Taurus – For the purpose of timing, the first two decans of Taurus and the third decan of Aries
Element: Air of Earth
Gemstones: Rhodonite, rose quartz, green aventurine
Essential oils: Coriander and eucalyptus
The Knight of Pentacles in Love and Romance
The quiet perseverance of the Knight of Pentacles may not appeal to those in pursuit of excitement or flamboyant lovers. However, he is extremely sensual and usually naturally gifted in the art of love-making – as long as you don’t insist on talking while doing it.
Mr Dependable is an apt nickname for this courtier. He more than makes up for his lack of high-flying aspirations by his hard work and stickability… or he does if you’re looking for a steady, no frills, long-term relationship. Think ‘The Shire’ and simple pleasures… such as food and drink. And more food.
Most akin to the Taurean male astrologically, he’s a man of the senses but not so much of any sense superseding the regular five. He’s prone to scoff at anything ‘supernatural.’ And unlike the Knight of Swords, he won’t be inclined to argue his (lack of) beliefs. He’d rather get on with polishing his bike or mowing the lawn.
In the ole’ dating game, he relies on looks and ‘maleness’ in the traditional sense. The type of girl most likely to be attracted to him is the girlie girl who is more interested in the size of a man’s biceps and/or bike than his conversational skills.
He is extremely dependable.
He’s not into game-playing.
He is a hard worker. Work gives him a sense of fulfilment and purpose and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a career… grafting for the sake of grafting is fine.
He is sensual and pretty darn good in bed. He’s blessed by Venus, the ruling planet of Taurus, in this department.
He is thick-skinned and doesn’t suffer from bad nerves or anxiety.
Can be emotionally unresponsive or just slow to react.
Unable/unwilling to provide conversational stimulus.
Lacks understanding for a partner who has an interest in the numinous side of life.
Too hung up on the physical – the romantic side of the relationship could suffer because of this.
Extremely conventional and easily lead by media.
Besides the Knight of Cups, this guy is the courtier most prone to jealousy. He often considers both partners and friends as ‘property.’
Type of date he prefers
Anything traditional. He knows how to carry himself in the world if there isn’t anything ‘weird’ going on. Learn what he considers weird and you’ll be fine.
Time from your first date until you introduce him to your parents
Two months in or thereabouts as it will probably coincide with a big holiday or celebration (assuming you share his traditional values). He’s a good date to bring to a friend’s wedding and don’t be surprised if he gets inspired to propose. He’s very into being in a committed relationship. It makes him feel safe.
Traditional. He’s not quite as sophisticated as the King of the same suit.
Type of dad he would make
You’ve gotta hand it to him… He makes a great dad! Devoted and dependable, he’ll be there for his children come rain or shine. He may not contribute much to their intellectual growth or curiosity but he will make them appreciate the valour of hard work.
His best match
If it’s true love, the Queen of Cups will make an excellent match because a) she is just the right amount of feminine to allow his strengths to shine and b) sexually, this Earth + Water combo make really nice mud pie. His worst match: The Queen of Wands because she a)would come across as too ballsy and b) requires way more excitement than he would ever be able to provide.
Situation, Challenge, Opportunity and Action Advice
Situation: This concerns hard work
Challenge: Don’t try to do it all in one go, little by little… patiently… and you will get there.
Opportunity: Your hard work and perseverance will definitely pay off
Action Advice: Time to put your shoulder to the wheel, with no expectation of instant pay-outs
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.