Three of Pentacles – Tarot card meaning

Three of Pentacles - Rider Waite Minor Arcana - Pentacles

The Three of Pentacles is a card all about recognition and clear goals, especially when it comes to your career.

The illustration in the Rider-Waite deck does not clearly lend to it’s meaning; three men in what appears to be a church crypt; observing a pillar.

The Three of Pentacles is often see as relating to learning, growing in careers, apprenticeships and mastery. Look at the card again closely; one younger character is working from a plan given by an elder.

At a glance

The Three of Pentacles is a card of teamwork, collaboration, and skill development. It represents the importance of learning from others and working towards a common goal. This card often appears when the querent is considering a new project or venture, and signifies that they will be successful if they seek out the guidance and support of others.

In a reading, the Three of Pentacles suggests that the querent should seek out the advice and expertise of others in order to succeed. It encourages the querent to be open to learning new skills and techniques, and to collaborate with others in order to achieve their goals. This card also indicates that the querent has the talent and ability to succeed, and that their hard work and dedication will be recognized and rewarded.

Card meanings


The Three of Pentacles in the past position can represent a time when you really grafted and put in a lot of hard work.

While this could literally represent an apprenticeship, it can also signify a passion you worked hard at, a course of study which you put extra effort into, a job you pushed for excellence in.

It can also represent something in life you have just recently started which you should commit yourself to. Consider what this might be, and take a look at the other cards in your reading for a hint.

Even if we don’t succeed in everything, it is our mentality which we need to cultivate. Failure is the best teacher, as you know to never repeat a mistake. Don’t ever turn down advice from somebody who has walked the path you are starting on.


The Three of Pentacles in the present position can represent the ongoing struggles in your life, and your daily dedication towards an eventual goal.

You aren’t yet at a stage where you can happily work one something, you still need to lay the groundwork to gain a basic understanding. This might be something you are completely new to after all. If you are able, try to make completing your goals in life a priority over everything else.

Dedication, if even for a short period, can change everything.


The Three of Pentacles in the future position shows that others will remember you and your deeds, at the very least within your chosen field. Expect to work on or achieve something memorable.

Something you have done will be used as an example for others to achieve, or for them to realise what is possible. Try to be as good a role model as possible. Nobody is perfect, but we can still attain greatness with the right ethics.

Work, careers and education

The Three of Pentacles is best placed in regards to your career. Consider the ‘Future’ meaning above; you’ll likely become a role model for other more junior members of your team, and possibly grow into a leadership role.

Keep working hard. If you are struggling for a job, then look for somebody who is willing to teach you their craft. It may not even be an interest of yours at first.

Love and Relationships

The Three of Pentacles reminds us that relationships are hard work, and love is sometimes not easily gained. If you’re single, then you may need to develop patience.

The right person may not come around without any effort on your part. Continue working on yourself and making yourself a happier, healthier, and more enjoyable person to be around. Consider what you would want from a partner.


The Three of Pentacles is a good sign when it comes to money, especially if you aren’t doing so well right now. Keep working hard and a path will show itself. Something you have worked hard for may finally start paying off in the near future.

Health and well-being

The Three of Pentacles shows you are learning to understand your body. You have to treat it right, both physically and mentally. This is a struggle we all work through at some point in our lives.

Consider taking up something new; especially if it a course or health-related skill. This could be something like learning about meditation, performing yoga or martial arts, the key is that you may need something to participate in which you can improve your skills in.

Other associations

Element: Earth

As a Yes or No question: Yes


Recognition, apprenticeship, talents, grafting, role-model