A king sits confidently on his throne set in a garden in his estate. He sits facing the viewer but is not looking forward. Instead his attention is directed towards the large pentacle his left hand is holding upon his left knee. Under his broad crown is a cap of maintenance. His right hand holds a short scepter topped with a large golden sphere. His robes are richly embroidered with a motive of grapevines, leaves, and fruit. So much so, that it appears he is lost in it! He is wearing armor under the extravagant covering, as seen by his left leg being propped upon a block carved to resemble the head of some beast. Foliage surrounds the throne and is overtaking the ramparts behind the throne. The motive of horned bull head and ripe grapes are carved into the armrests of the throne as well as the frame of the seat. The foliage obscures the distance on the left side of the card, but on the right side are visible the towers and parapets of a keep.
The King of Pentacles plans long-term, works long-term, and has the patience of bedrock. That is not to say he is inflexible. He is well prepared for sudden changes and often has several back-up plans at the ready. However, because he tends to not be a flashy braggart about his works in progress, he is easily mistaken for an unsophisticated stick-in-the-mud that doesn’t know how to have fun. Get him talking about those areas of his expertise, or those areas in which he has personal interest, and he will bury you with details! To describe him in one sentence: A broker of goods and information.
He represents aptitude and competence in all things, but especially concerning business or those matters where a corporate mindset would be relevant. He indicates success in one’s career path(s) and encouragement to take on those paths that suit the Querent. He can also represent an elder or mentor to the Querent, someone to look up to, or someone who can advise the Querent with the matter at hand.
Ill-dignified the King of Pentacles has the stability of quicksand in motion. He can not be depended upon for the usual things and will undo the important things first. Instead of the seasoned attitude that comes from exposure and experience, he becomes trite, vain, and an ugly shade of mediocre. Here is the stereotype of the career middle-manager, who has done nothing worthwhile with his life and does everything he can to make sure those under him can’t excel as well. Often corrupt, he will sabotage himself out of habit because that’s how it has always been done.