By The Voodoo Tarot of New Orleans.
Santero (King of Discs), when reversed: The dark essence of earth behaving as air, such as a diamond: An unyielding businessman, with a gift for identifying weakness and exploiting it for personal gain. One well informed about material affairs, but ignorant of larger, more pressing issues. A blind devotee of business as usual, unconcerned with the unintended results, and contemptuous of new ideas. A person full of greed and avarice, easily corrupted by luxury or the temptations of the flesh.
Also known as discs, as well as coins, pentacles are identified with the element of Earth and often talk to us about money and things of value. Because they identify with the element of Earth, pentacle cards as a suit are associated with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn (the Earth signs).
The King of Pentacles speaks of authority, tradition, and success in money matters. When he appears in a reading, it’s a sign that now is not a time to be a maverick, now is a time to follow the established way of doing things. When he stands for a literal man in your life, it generally refers to a very masculine fellow with hair and eyes on the darker end of the spectrum. The King of Pentacles reversed as he is in today’s reading tends to be outer-directed, meaning that you might be identifying yourself by your outer accomplishments, without recognizing that who you are inside is of enormous value, regardless. He also lets us know that it’s a prosperous time financially – or it’s going to be – and we need to be careful what we do with our good fortune.
The Voodoo Tarot meaning is a bit more literal and it warns us to be careful of greedy motives; of those who may lie to us or mislead us regarding financial matters – and it warns us of lying to ourselves.
General: No matter what happens in your life when the reversed King of Pentacles appears, it’s important to know that your happiness and success is not built on one or even a handful of events. This is a time to consciously cultivate a positive attitude.
Work: As with the upright King, the reversed King can point to an older, established man who plays a major role in your working environment (even if on the surface, it seems that you work with all women.) Do the best that you can at work, but realize that your work is not your whole life, and know that some people (which may include the man represented by this reversed King) simply cannot be pleased. All you can do is your best, and that’s enough.
Love: The reversed King of Pentacles can indicate that someone you care about is having a hard time because of issues related to their work (or lack thereof.) Help them to remember that their value goes far beyond what they “do.” If you are single and looking for love, you may meet someone new now who works in the financial field in some way. There may be a large disparity in your incomes. If so, be open minded about that.
Health: As with the upright meaning, the reversed King of Pentacles tells you that your health status can be improved if you make a point to face and to vent negative feelings. You must watch for and guard against a tendency to think of yourself as a failure just because you may not have yet met certain goals that you set for yourself. Honor yourself, just as you are, right now, today: your health improves as a result.
Finances: The King of Pentacles reversed tells you that it’s important to think very long-range when it comes to finances and financial investments. Do not identify yourself or your long term prospects with any potential short-term downturns. Money is just a tool. Beware thinking of yourself as a failure if you are facing financial challenges. Financial challenges come to nearly everyone at some time or another. Think positively.
Spirituality: The reversed King of Pentacles says that you may have been placing too much emphasis, for too long, on your financial security. Who you are has very little to do with what you do for a living. You may benefit greatly from exploring some different spiritual traditions and understandings now; your mind will be opened as a result, if you allow it to be.