In Queering the Tarot, Cassandra Snow takes the most common interpretations and manifestations of the cards and discusses ways you might read them for a LGBTQQIA2SP+ client – or for yourself. Read the whole series here!
The Six of Pentacles traditionally features a successful, prosperous figure handing out money to those less fortunate than themselves.
As readers, we learn that this means it’s either time to give to back, or time to accept help, depending on your own situation or the surrounding cards. If you are seeing more money than usual, this card is encouraging you to use some of that money to help others, pay back old debts, give to charity, or make investments that improve your community. If you identify more with the beggars on the card than the wealthy person, this card is telling you to suck up your pride and ask for help. There are people and organizations that would be thrilled to get you back on your feet, and all you need to do is ask.
This can, of course, be a metaphor. Generosity of spirit, of heart, of knowledge are all highly valuable, and often necessary for forging new friendships or keeping our family lives healthy. When this card comes up, it’s time to open yourself up, or accept that a loved one is truly being generous and kind with themselves right now.
The Six of Pentacles fits beautifully into conversations about building community resources and making sure that, as a queer community, we are all provided for.
Either you have exactly what is needed to provide a resource, amplify voices, or protect people in your community… or you’re in need, and need to trust that the underground infrastructure that your queer friends are running and contributing to can and will support you. One thing I know that a lot of LGBTQ+ people deal with is the question of what to do when we’re out of poverty ourselves. We’re people who aren’t always happy making investments that only pay off for ourselves, but buying up property we can rent affordably or buying a commercial space to run a food shelf out of can make us feel truly successful and capable.
For queer seekers, the emotional aspects of the Six of Pentacles are especially relevant.
I have certainly seen it mean “It’s time to get help” or “It’s time to give back”, but what I usually see is LGBTQ+ querents who have come out of traumatic situations and backgrounds and who have trouble trusting those around them. If your parents kicked you out because they found out you were a sexual or gender minority, or if they were abusive, or if they were great parents until they learned your truth, you’re going to have a lot of trouble getting and finding your bearings as you try to form adult relationships. This is true if you were in an abusive relationship, had a dangerously toxic friendship, or even just spent years feeling stuck in solitude because no one around you understood you.
There are many cards that speak to this trauma though; what the Six of Pentacles wants you to know is that the people in your daily life now, the ones offering you a shoulder to cry on, a fun game night, or a warm meal, are people you can trust and let your guard down around.
This card comes up a lot for me personally right now, as a person being called to share of themselves.
I spent so long overcoming my own trauma and learning to share my opinions without my voice shaking that I didn’t realize I had somehow evolved past just surviving; I became, without realizing it, someone with a story to share and a heart ready to love openly and without the conditions I was so used to putting on my love. Healing is not a perfect arc, and it’s not every day I’m sitting in that position. It is certainly more frequent as I continue on my journey, and it is certainly nowhere I ever expected to be. The Six of Pentacles is not only a calling to love more and be generous then, but an assurance that it is safe to do so. It’s a card that shows how much you’ve grown and how much you’ve moved past in your life, and it’s a card that encourages you to let others see all of the sides of you that got you here.