Exploring the Knight of Pentacles

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Knight of Pentacles and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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The Knight of Pentacles is card number 75 in the deck, the twelfth card of the Pentacles Suit, and the second card of Pentacles’ Court in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

L-p12Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

These cards are all various depictions of knights in nature scenes. What I find interesting about these cards is that only the Tarot of Dreams card shows the knight doing something other than being in a relaxed or thoughtful state.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • UNWAVERING
  • CAUTIOUS
  • THOROUGH
  • REALISTIC
  • HARDWORKING

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • EFFICIENCY
  • ROUTINE
  • CONSERVATISM
  • METHODICAL

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

Once again, knights represent the teenager and the emerging adult. Here it is melded with both the positive and negative aspects of the earth and all things physical and practical.

I guess the best way to personify this card is to think of Alfred from the Batman comics. For the most part the man is seemingly boring and dull, but he’s reliable and solid. He’s always there for Bruce Wayne with whatever is needed. No questions asked. In many ways I think Bruce takes him for granted too often and I’ve always appreciated it when the story explores this fact and makes Bruce realize it even if for only a little while.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: STEWARD OF THE BODY.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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