6 of Pentacles

A rich man, dressed in extravagant fabrics, stands with a scale held in his upraised left hand. He faces mostly towards the viewer, but is turned somewhat to the viewer’s left. There at his feet is a beggar in a patched cloak and wearing a cap on his knees. He is holding his hands out to catch the coins given by the rich man. Kneeling under the scales, on the rich man’s left (viewer’s right) is another beggar. This capless beggar is holding his hand out in supplication, but it is not clear if he will receive anything. In the low distance are trees and the towers of a keep. Above the scene are six large pentacles.

Where the merchant in the 4 of Pentacles is bound by his wealth, the merchant in the 6 of Pentacles gains by giving it away. He has more than enough for himself, and his charity may be reducing his net worth, but it is increasing his value. He understands that the money he gives may be squandered by the receiver, but each is held accountable for themselves. This is a card of giving and being gifted. Usually of tangible goods, but sometimes of assistance, counseling, and emotional support. The giver knows there is no debt implied and expects nothing in return. The receiver knows there is no promise of a future gift, and to make the best of what has been received.

If the Querent is in trouble, this card tells of coming help. If the Querent is in a safe position in regards to the query, this card suggests that position should be used to help others. As this gift (and giving) is unexpected, when it shows in relation to birthdays, holidays, and other occasions where the giving of tangible gifts are expected, this card refers to the giving of the intangible such as advice and acceptance.

A positive card that answers Yes/No questions with the name given by the hermeticists: Success.

Ill-dignified, the gift becomes bait that unlawfully obliges the receiver into service of the giver. Alternatively, the gift could have been squeezed from the giver by dishonest means. Greed, fraud, hubris, and giving such that the giver is harmed can also be indicated. (In other words, the ill-dignified 6 of Pentacles is Gatsby.) Any success implied is illusionary, and charity is used as a leash.