Three of Pentacles


Like brass cogs in a fantastical machine, each of us has a role to play in this world. From volunteering in your community to your specific job at work, making the cake for your friend’s party to starting a blog, you have something special that only you can bring to this world.

The Three of Pentacles highlights your unique skills as they relate to a wider group. Maybe you’re already part of that group, or maybe not. This card asks you about your skills and your role, how you can bring those skills together with other people, in order to create something great or cool.

It’s a celebration of community effort, teamwork. Some of us are natural team players, others are more like solo artists. This card is one for the team, and it reminds us of the magic that can be achieved when we work together towards shared goals.

In a reading…

This is about all things community or team-related. It’s pointing to groups, families, project teams, gangs of friends. When you see this card in a reading, look at the surrounding cards. Where does the ‘group’ come through in your situation?

Further, the Three of Pentacles often highlights the way that everyone is different, yet together, becoming more than the sum of their parts. A healthy team or group has built in support – each member giving and receiving support from the others.

Have a think about your preferred working style. If you’re a team player, great! But if you’re more of a lone wolf, that’s okay too – there are still ways you can work as part of a group. Think about the boundaries you need in place in order to do this. Embrace the possibility of being part of something bigger.

This card can bring all kinds of teamwork advice. Delegation is a big one. Remember that you don’t have to be brilliant at everything, and even if you are brilliant at everything, you don’t have to do it all yourself! It’s easy to be precious or defensive about our work, but the Three of Pentacles shows us the magic of teamwork. Allow others to take some of the weight.

Appreciate that all of us bring something different to the table. You may be amazing at graphic design but suck at copy writing. So – find someone who can write to work with on that flyer. Maybe a member of your group is just hopeless at the task they’ve been set? Help them find something different to do, and assign that task to someone who can do it. This advice goes for yourself, too! Play to your own strengths, and/or encourage others to play to theirs. Facilitate an environment where others feel safe to share their gifts.

Lastly, this doesn’t have to be about actual teamwork the way I’ve described it so far. You can imagine that the whole world is your ‘team’. Another important focus for this card is that of defining your own role. What do you bring to this world? What unique skills do you possess? How can you use and share them with the world?