The six of pentacles shows a well-dressed man weighing out coins to the two beggars who are kneeling at his feet. He uses the scale that he holds in his left hand to determine the amount he will give to each one although the beggar to his right appears to be in better shape than the beggar to his left. There are three pentacles suspended over the beggar to his right while there are only two pentacles suspended over the beggar to his left. The sixth pentacle is directly over the giver’s head.
It is that sixth pentacle that holds the key to the meaning of this card. If this card is in your reading, the message is that you MUST take care of yourself FIRST. If you try to give when you yourself are needy, the child within you pouts and frets, “When’s it gonna be our turn? When do we get our needs met?” Those who are on the receiving end of such a transaction can easily pick up on the fact that the giving is a “should” rather than a “want to,” and there is plenty of resentment on the part of both givers and receivers.
If, on the other hand, your needs are all met, then the giving can be a sharing; no one has to beg. Sharing is an exchange between peers. There is a truism that no giving is possible unless there is someone to receive it, and we all must take turns playing both sides of the picture. The healing and service come into play with the flow that, at its highest and best, comes from the heart and helps expand the universe. Make sure you give only what you already own, and take care of yourself first, or there will be strings attached to the giving and its value will be questionable. Give and receive with love.