The Five of Pentacles is the card of hardship, loss, isolation, abandonment, struggle, and alienation. The card shows two people walking through icy wind and snow. Both of them are dressed in rags, and they are clearly struggling. Behind them is a church where they can seek shelter, if only they would go inside.
The Five of Pentacles reminds us that struggle and loss is part of the process. It is part of life, and often, it’s part of our romantic relationships as well. From our struggles, we learn how to become better partners and how to choose better partners for ourselves. This is a reminder that even when things look negative, we can still take away with us the positive: the lessons we’ve learned.
If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Five of Pentacles, that means that one of you feels estranged. It is astrologically associated with Mercury in Taurus, which can also point to a lack of healthy communication. Mercury is all about communication, fun, the shared humor that comes with camaraderie. Taurus is also a very communication related sign in astrology, as it rules the throat. There is a huge emphasis on healthy communication. Perhaps the way you communicate with each other leaves one or both of you feeling alienated.
The Five of Pentacles as love outcome is a sign of literal financial issues in an established relationship. Finances play a huge role in relationships, as with all aspects of life. Many couples separate due to disagreements about finances. If you’re going through financial troubles as a couple, avoid blaming each other. Try to address the issue as a unit. The Five of Pentacles is a card that warns against alienating your partner during a time when you need to stick together.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Five of Pentacles as love outcome means feeling like one of you is looking at the other from the outside in. You could feel like the two of you are worlds apart somehow. This is also a card that signifies feeling insecure. Since the Five of Pentacles is astrologically associated with Taurus, which rules the Second House, there could be issues with self-esteem in relation to personal finances. One possibility is that one of you feels self-conscious due to a socioeconomic gap between you and your person. They may feel alienated.
If you are in a new relationship, the Five of Pentacles as love outcome means feeling like you are in an unhealthy relationship from the ge-go. The Five of Pentacles can sometimes be interpreted as bad health. In a relationship reading, this could point to the healthiness of the relationship dynamics. There could be communication issues. Typically when this card appears in a reading, there is no malice intended. There could simply be a difference in love languages or preferences – nothing a good, honest conversation can’t solve.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Five of Pentacles as love outcome means feeling alienated from your person. Perhaps one of you needs help with an emotional issue, but you don’t feel like you’re able to ask for that help from your partner. Or, perhaps you have issues with your partner, and the two of you are reluctant to seek help for the issue. Alternatively, this may indicate financial issues as well. If this is the case, this card advises open communication. If your person has been hit by some sort of financial loss, this would be a good time to communicate and reassure them that you will stand by their side no matter what.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Five of Pentacles as love outcome means you and your person feel left out of each other’s lives. If you are separated by distance, you need to think about the quality of your communication. It’s not about communicating frequently, but having high quality exchanges when you get the chance. Communication is extremely important for long-distance relationships. For the Five of Pentacles, which is astrologically associated with Mercury and Taurus, the communication problems in your relationship must be urgently addressed. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person feels left out in the cold, and if you’re interested in reconciling with them you will have to take the initiative.
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If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Five of Pentacles reversed, that means that finally healing from a painful situation. In the past you may have felt like you had no place to go. You may have struggled in your relationship, and felt like you couldn’t tell your person what was bothering you the whole time. Or, you may have faced issues as a couple and felt like you couldn’t get help. Seeing this card in reverse is a good sign that your issues will soon be resolved. Acknowledging that there is an issue is the first step to healing.
The Five of Pentacles reversed as love outcome is a sign of a healthier relationship and improvement in communications. Seeing this card in the reversed position indicates finally getting back on your feet after a difficult period in your relationship. You or your person may finally acknowledge a problem that requires addressing. Your person may finally be open to accepting help from an external party, such as a couples therapist. If you’ve been estranged from your person, this is a positive sign that things will get better. You may reunite with your person.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Five of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means that you may be dealing with somebody who just got out of a painful breakup. Your person might still be emotionally fragile, but they are on their way to healing. When you see this card in a reading concerning somebody who just got out of another relationship, it hints at needing to give them time and space. Alternatively, somebody could have been too self-conscious to approach you. Now that the card has been drawn in the reverse, your person can finally gather up the courage to express their feelings toward you. Or, you could be the insecure one. Now, you’re finally recognizing your worth, and you’re making a move toward your person.
If you are in a new relationship, the Five of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means one or both of you may still be in your healing stages. You may have just gotten out of a bad breakup or divorce. Whatever the case may be, make sure you communicate how you’re feeling and where you are on your healing journey with your new person. Seeing this card soon after a messy breakup might be a clue that you’re not really ready for a new relationship. This doesn’t mean that this new relationship is doomed, but just that there still needs work to be done on yourself. You cannot contribute healthily in a relationship unless you are in a healthy and healed mindset.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Five of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means your situation will improve soon. This could be an improvement in your shared finances. You may have heard good news from a qualified medical professional. You’re rediscovering a new side to your person that you just really enjoy. When drawn in the upright, this card can sometimes indicate feeling alienated from your person. When it’s drawn in the reverse, it indicates reconciliation.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Five of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means no longer feeling emotionally distant from each other. If you are separated by physical distance, you may have been working on improving your communication. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person could be healing from the breakup. They may still be heartbroken and feel a certain type of way about having to break up with you. They also may be very hard on themselves and blame themselves for the breakup. But if they are interested in a reconciliation, now they have better clarity on how they want to make it happen.
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For love readings, the Five of Pentacles represents hardship and loss. Though it is often a difficult pill for us to swallow, we often learn the most important lessons through our struggles and grief. Know that this is not permanent, and it is just part of the journey. Better times are ahead.
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