The coins symbolize offering, the thing given in addition: the coin of St. Peter. Added to the other cards, it represents an additional divine contribution. The Coin also suggests the work of Man, but in view of his exterior activity and, for this reason, indicates activity in passivity.
By representing in the center of the card a yellow circle dived into three concentric areas, the Ace of Coins symbolizes an undulating emission of mind limited by the resistance of its surroundings.
This coin is represented differently from those depicted in the following cards; a simple black line marks the outline, because the unity it symbolizes the radiance which penetrates all.
The repetition of the elements drawn in the different areas, corresponding to the numbers of the construction of the cosmos, indicates that this projection is balanced; this is why it causes, through contact with its surroundings, the flowering stems to pour out whose identical disposition, up and down, shows that they are able to manifest as well in the spiritual world as in the material world.
If the Ace of Cups represents the receptive side of Man, followed by an internal development, the Ace of Coins corresponds to the tendencies of its interior constructions realized externally. The former gathers elements in the cup, the second gives birth to constructions which remain in their latent state and whose gestation and resolutionare indicated in the nine cards which follow.
The Coin has been chosen to characterize not only the internal kneading of feelings stored up in Man, as happens in the case of the Cup, but also their layout for building. Furthermore, with its circular shape implying movement, with its monetary nature implying exchanges, it symbolizes the balance of the mental and the physical in view of making their union fertile from a material point of view. It becomes the agent of the necessary relationship between the Sword and the Baton, between the Cup and the Baton, that is to say, between mental activity and physical work, between the psychic and the material world.
Being works as a creator: Being tends to project into its environment something complex in its own image, and the branches flowering from it represent concrete manifestation. It endeavors to project diagonally psychic emanations (blue), combined with intelligent actions (yellow) and vital forces (red) to achieve, not through a straight line that would be lost in abstraction, but a germ, by folding back on itself, prone to arriving at its own birth, symbolized by the flower at the tip.
These branches equally signify that all power of the Cosmos is maintained in balance by the poles of spirituality represented by the branches ending in flowers. Their yellow color indicates that there can be no link between spirituality (blue stems) and materiality (red flowers) without divine and human intelligence. The flower is a tulip whose six petals represent the five senses plus one, on the inside, opening up to receive and closing when it has received; it is a chalice which receives and which keeps.
The Ace of Coins represents the radiance of Man in the image of the Cosmos and, with its circle, express its emanation being made in regular waves, whose characteristics are indicated by the lines drawn in each, namely: sixteen triangles, large and small, symbols of projections into space, and by the central flower with four round petals and four triangular ones: the quaternary (the flower), the octonary (the eight petals), the duodenary (the twelve stamina) and the successive extension of the octonary in the universe by 16 and 32 (the triangles of the third zone).
At the center of this circle there is a flower forming six other circles; the one in the middle, containing twelve points, recalls the notion of the duodenary which, in the Cosmos, translates to the twelve planets or the twelve signs of the Zodiac, depending on whether we consider the active forms or passive elements; the four circles which surround it contain the quaternary and its different senses, the four elements, etc., and the three trinitarian lines that each contains, as well as the intermediate points which reunite them, show that these four planes are indissolubly linked to the planets, thus they have their destiny marked and represent the four elementary planes.
The triangles around the edge of the circle indicate an activity radiating into all domains and the area which separates these from the central flower, a conciliatory passivity between the foundations and the exterior; the yellow color of the Coin shows that intelligence impregnates all activity.
The stems are the extension of this activity which crosses the material world (the red collar) and transmitted by the flower, symbol of harmonic fertility, after having produced manifestations of an intellectual and psychic order, as indicated by the blue of the stems and the yellow of the twigs.
Meanings As They Relate to the Three Planes
The Ace of Coins is the reservoir, the capacitator of activities in all domains, in all parts of the Cosmos.
MENTAL. Active support, well balanced and realized.
ANIMISTIC. Radiating, flourishing.
PHYSICAL. A card of luck whose effects are delayed or advanced, according to its place in relation to the Arcana which surround it. Abundance of health. Profit continues. Affirmation of success.
INVERTED. The inverted Arcana of Coins are barely different in meaning. Being generally symmetrical, they relate to the principle of the Universe whose equilibrium is constant, symbolized by the circle which has neither a top nor bottom.
In sum, in its Elementary Sense, the Ace of Coins represents the desire of Man to project into the environment a complex work made in his image and likely to bloom on its own for his benefit.