The Ten of Pentacles – Coins- Discs – Platters – Shields, has to be one of my favorite cards in a Tarot Deck. As some of you know, I like to compare the images from different decks and different author’s interpretation of the same card, to add depth to the pool of meanings that I can draw from. The cards you will see in this post are from Celtic ‘themed’ decks, other than the Ten of Pentacles from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot.
Traditionally, when we see the Ten of Pentacles turn up in a reading we think of family traditions, legacy, wealth, prosperity, family security, inheritance, and generations. For the most part I think these are the general ideas, terms and keywords we use most often with this Ten. The pentacles you see in the card above, are in the shape of the tree of life, which can also be thought of as your family tree.
Above you see the Ten of Pentacles from the Llewellyn Tarot and the Ten of Shields from Legend the Arthurian Tarot. Both of these decks were created by artist, Anna-Marie Ferguson. The central theme is portrayed in each card, but the Legend card names its location, Camelot. We can see the prosperity extends to the community due to the kingdom’s leadership and hard work of all. Everyone is benefiting from the security and prosperity established by predecessors. This is a time of clan gatherings and participating in traditions.
*”The wealth of detail in the Ten of Pentacles is as rich as you would expect in a card that suggests wealth and satisfaction-not only on the material level, but also spiritual, emotional, and intellectual.”
The 10 of Discs from the Sacred Circle Tarot, shows 10 polished discs arranged in a stable triangular structure, reminiscent of a family crest. One suggestion from the companion book is that you may be impelled to research your family history and bloodline or found a dynasty of your own. On another level it may be about the creation of something that can be passed down to future generations, such as a business; building or restoring property; or creating a painting, poem or piece of music.
The Ten of Pentacles from the Druid Craft Tarot is one of my favorites. Blessings – Prosperity – Legacy are keywords presented here in this scene. Three generations are gathered together hinting at comfort, security, abundance, and inheritance. Even the family pet appears content and well fed. *”The idea of blessings is fundamental to Druidry. In Druidry, we sometimes consciously open ourselves to the blessings offered by our ancestors, our tribe, the spirits of time and of place, our own soul, and the gods or deity. Life is essentially magical, and even difficult circumstances can carry hidden benefits. Most of us have created barriers that prevent us experiencing all the blessings life bestows, but this card gives us the chance to count our blessingIs – and thus discover that they are too numerous to count.”
Images and excerpts from the following sources:
*Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot - U.S. Game Systems, INC.
*The Llewellyn Tarot, Anna-Marie Ferguson and Legend the Arthurian Tarot, A Keeper of Words. Llewellyn WorldWide
*Sacred Circle Tarot, Anna Franklin. Illustrated by Paul Mason. Llewellyn WorldWide.
*Druid Craft Tarot, Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. Illustrated by Will Worthington
*SIMPLE fortunetelling with tarot, Corrine Kenner, Llewellyn WorldWide