The 5 of pentacles is one of frustration. The image typically depicts people standing outside, seeming hurt in some form. Behind the person is a stained glass window, depicting a church.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
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A few words to describe the card:
Frustration, pain, look outside your situation
5 of Pentacles
The 5 of pentacles is one of pain. It’s a card of frustration. Of feeling like you’re on your own and there is no help. You’re on the outside, while there’s warmth on the inside of the church. One point of this card is that churches can represent (depicted by the windows) safe havens, and you are looking down so don’t see that help is nearby.
You might be feeling so wrapped up in what’s wrong – whether illness, or a problem at work, or social, that you don’t see that the light and path to healing is right behind you. It only takes a minute of looking up and at the surroundings to find a solution to the work.
This does have church representations in this with the stained window; but that’s a representation. The assistance could be in the form of going to the doctor for help, or talking to a friend. It can even be yourself, saving yourself from the situation at hand. We are our best saviors sometimes.
This card is a reminder to look up. If you’re always looking down, you’ll feel stuck. If you look up, you might find something nearby to help relieve your situation.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.