Function: Belongings, wealth, tangible objects, practicality
The two beggars on the ground look up to a man who is likely to be a merchant. He is wearing Tyrian purple, a color that would imply status as only the rich could have afforded it. He is kindly giving the beggars money, and this is no problem for him. The two beggars are wearing the same colored clothes as the sick man and the poor woman in the Five of Pentacles. There is no longer snow on the ground and there is sufficient for everyone, yet the men are still grateful for his generosity.
The fact that the man in purple is a merchant has meaning. He has used his talents and skills to earn the wealth he has instead of had it given to him. He knows that life is not always easy. Everyone needs a helping hand every now and then and he also knows that by providing this help, the men now on the ground could go on to do amazing things.
Another significant symbol is the scale the merchant holds in his hand. He appreciates that all men are equal and that the difficult times are balanced out by good times. The scale is perfectly balanced, and the man respects the balance by giving some of his wealth to the less fortunate. In return, the men look up to him in respect.
However, the Six of Pentacles is not a simple symbol of balance. After all, the six pentacles in the sky are not balanced. More specifically, this card points to charity and that it is possible for things to co-exist together. This card also suggests change. We can see the rich and the poor, but who is to say why the merchant isn’t a beggar.
This card can also represent stability and that you can be happy with what you have. The man sees the poverty in the world, but he doesn’t turn in fear. He almost welcomes it, just as he welcomes the beggars. He may not want to be in this place, but he still appreciates that not everyone is equal. He also has the ability to change the situation. He knows that the true worth of his money is what he can do with it.
In the upturned position, this is definitely a sign that things are not balanced with regards to power and this relates more to an imbalance of material goods. You might be working hard to earn the wealth but there is someone in your life who is enjoying spending it. You might have to share what you have, but the other person is taking more than what they deserve.
It might be that you are experiencing a change in your fortune but someone you care about is going through the opposite situation. Unlike the Six of Pentacles that suggests charity, you both start to feel a lack of trust and become tight with your wealth.
You may also feel that you don’t have control of your surroundings or that you don’t have the resources to aid others. You want to change the world, but you aren’t able.
There will have been times of generosity in your past, but it doesn’t have to be in wealth, it could have been in opportunities. You may have been working hard to achieve something and now that you have reached this, you aren’t sure about your situation.
There may be things you are unsure of at the moment. You may think that customary methods will help you, but you should look to people who have a different view of the world and possibly adapt to some of their perspectives.
You are on the right path and you will reach your objective but be careful not to focus too hard on this and miss out on other things that happen. In the future, you may achieve your goals and find yourself in a situation to help others. This is a great card if you are an educator.
The answer is going to be yes.
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