The King of Pentacles is someone to be counted on, a friendly, helpful person who others turn to in times of need. Strongly committed to family and community, he is generous and kind. As a business person this King is highly ethical and has a talent for success. A person represented by this King is likely to have a great love of the outdoors, and to find satisfaction in tangible, hands-on work. Calm assurance is the face with which he greets the world.
Symbolism in the Rider-Waite deck shows the King of Pentacles seated on a throne decorated with the head of a bull, representing the sign of Taurus. This offers an important clue about the nature of the King of Pentacles. This is a very determined person, highly involved with the acquisition of material goods and the conscientious control of their use. Deliberate in self-expression, he takes time to form loyalties, but once committed, is devoted through thick and thin. He is then sensitive, understanding and affectionate.
The lush garden setting identifies the King of Pentacles as someone very much involved in the physical realm. The sceptre in his right hand serves the same purpose as a wand-a channel for energies to flow from above to below-but bears a globe at the top as well, signifying dominion over earthly matters.
Unrealized Potential: A King of Pentacles who has not grown into his true power tends to be shallow and materialistic, unreasonably stubborn, and lacking in imagination. He can be aloof, and stinginess is prevalent. Business ventures may be unsuccessful.