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Card Meanings:

The Major Arcana...

0 or 22 -The Fool
1 - Magician
2 - High Priestess
3 - Empress
4 - Emperor
5 - Hierophant
6 - Lovers
7 - Chariot
8 - Strength
9 - Hermit
10 - Wheel of Fortune
11 - Justice
12 - Hanged Man
13 - Death
14 - Temperance
15 - The Devil
16 - The Tower
17 - The Star
18 - The Moon
19 - The Sun
20 - Judgement
21 - The World

The Minor Arcana...

Wands (Rods):
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands
Page of Wands
Ten of Wands
Nine of Wands
Eight of Wands
Seven of Wands
Six of Wands
Five of Wands
Four of Wands
Three of Wands
Two of Wands
Ace of Wands

King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups
Page of Cups
Ten of Cups
Nine of Cups
Eight of Cups
Seven of Cups
Six of Cups
Five of Cups
Four of Cups
Three of Cups
Two of Cups
Ace of Cups

King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords
Ten of Swords
Nine of Swords
Eight of Swords
Seven of Swords
Six of Swords
Five of Swords
Four of Swords
Three of Swords
Two of Swords
Ace of Swords

Pentacles (Coins):
King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

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The Five of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles

Card Nicknames: The poverty card, the hardship card.

Short meaning: The Five of Pentacles represents hardship, usually financial problems. It could mean a period of unemployment or other economic troubles. Drawing this card in the past position usually indicates that life was hard as a child, perhaps the family was poor or parents were harsh. In the future position, the card may predict a coming job loss or money flow problems. Sometimes the card refers to other types of hardship, such as poor health. If drawn while a person's economic status is solid, perhaps there is a need to watch finances more carefully, or save money for upcoming needs and shortages.

Full meaning: Full meaning coming soon!

(The full meaning of this card is under construction. Selected quotes to follow.)

Weschcke and Slate (see Sources) described this card's meaning as "Loss of profession, loss of money, monetary anxiety.

"Loss of money or position. Trouble about material things. Toil, labor, land cultivation, building, knowledge and acuteness of earthly things, poverty, carefulness. Kindness, sometimes money regained after severe toil and labor. Unimaginative, harsh, stern, determined, obstinate." (Weschcke and Slate, p. 477)

Five of Pentacles Reversed
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