As a rule of thumb, when you see a ten in a reading, it usually means the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Each suit carries a different set of themes, but, of course, we must remember to be flexible in the reading of any card. If a card is saying something to you that’s different from the “normal” reading, by all means, go with it!
Pentacles, also called Coins, represent the element of Earth. As such, they symbolize wealth, prosperity, security, comfort, sensuality, and health.
Robin Wood’s Ten of Pentacles is a joyous card.
The Ten of Pentacles (or Coins), as drawn by Robin Wood, shows not only material wealth, but emotional and spiritual wealth, as well. The family is clearly a happy one. The grandfather is serene, the children are generous with their love, and the golden dog (gold being the color of abundance) is loyal and adoring. Even the couple in the background, underneath the archway (more on that later) are happily conversing! The old man can be seen as the personification of wisdom and hard work, which lead to prosperity.
Like all of Robin Wood’s cards, there is amazing detail in the Ten of Pentacles. Pay attention to the particular details that stand out to you. It may be the flowers that the young boy is handing to his Grandfather, or the sun etched into the wood in the corner.
Robin Wood has decorated her Pentacles with pentagrams. Pentagrams in and of themselves are very protective–Christians believe that pentagrams symbolize the five wounds of Christ, as well as the five senses, and Pagans see it as a symbol of the five elements bound together with spirit, which is the top point. This symbol of protection, wholeness, and unity can also be seen in the Pentacle suits of the Celtic and Barbara G. Walker decks.
The Celtic Deck, like Robin Wood’s deck, shows a happy, prosperous family. The arch over the family’s heads represents security and union, and the braids also symbolize a joining together in a strong family bond. The pentagrams are there, too, giving care and protection.
Like all of the Pentacles in Kris Waldherr’s Goddess Deck, the Ten of Pentacles is represented by the Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Prosperity, Abundance, Beauty, and Pleasure. The tree on the card is ripe with Coins, which may represent material wealth or opportunities. Depending on the reading, these opportunities may be financial, educational, social, or romantic. Since Pentacles/Coins also represent physical reality, they may also indicate robust health or healing. The grass on the card, and even the flowers along the border, are fresh and bright, underscoring fertility.
The archway, as I am seeing it right now, symbolizes a doorway to a new way of life, or a new, joyful sensual experience. This is fitting, as the 10s are the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. I also see it as a symbol of security, just as it was a symbol of security on the 10 of Pentacles for the Robin Wood and Celtic Decks. What do you see when you look at an archway?
Kris Waldherr does not use the pentagram on her Pentacles. Instead, she uses a lotus flower. Lotuses are the symbols of the goddess Lakshmi. Lotuses are prized for their abilities to rise out of the murkiest, muddiest waters, inspiring people to rise above their circumstances.
Barbara G. Walker’s Ten of Pentacles is subtitled “Protection.” It is in agreement with the preceding decks that the Ten of Pentacles/Coins represents security. Here, however, it has a more mysterious, esoteric meaning. The young woman on the card is connected to the circle of pentagrams by a red cord, suggesting the umbilical cord. She is tapping into the fertile, protecting energies of the Earth. The circle of Pentacles reminds us of the cyclical nature of the cards, and that the ten represents both an end and a beginning.
We can also see the young woman is as a weaver. She is weaving a strong, healing charm in her circle of pentacles, and her thread is thick with bright red life.
The Ten of Pentacles, like the Ten of Cups, generally represents good, healing, joyous energies. If you choose to read cards reversed, it can mean a thwarting of the dreams they represent, or simply a postponement of their attainment.