The three of pentacles focuses on teamwork, group effort, planning and design, and organizations. So when it’s reversed it’s a good indication that it could be a messy day in any context where you’re not locked in a room working on your own.
It could be a day where you need to deal with errors created by miscommunication, incorrect assumptions and lack of clarity. For example, let’s say you’re working with a team of people building a bridge. Half of you are working from the east, the other half are working from the west. This is the day you discover that the western half of the bridge is 100 metres too far north to meet up with the eastern half.
The three of pentacles is also the card of guilds and unions, and a real world example of how this reversed energy is playing out today is with a major chain of Irish department stores where union members are on strike. They’re striking over a contract which guarantees them only 15 hours of work a week. You can say it’s immoral and unethical, but unfortunately you can’t say it’s illegal because every person going on strike has signed this contract of their own volition. Many realize that their chances of this strike being successful are somewhere between slim and none, and they could end up worse off than when they started. Meanwhile, co-workers who have the same type of contract but don’t belong to the union will cross the picket line and continue to work. This will probably lead to further conflict when the strike ends.
If you’re working in a group environment and you can’t opt out for the day, you might want to make sure you have all the safety gear you need for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual protection.