The Seven of Pentacles is a card all about putting in the hard work and then waiting patiently for the results to appear.
This is a bit like planting seeds in the garden. Once we have done the work of preparing the soil, planting the seeds and ensuring that they are watered, we know that we have given the seeds the optimum conditions to grow. All we can then do is remain patient, continue to nurture the seeds and then have faith that we have done enough to produce the results we are hoping for.
If we grow impatient and dig the seeds up to see if there is any sign of them sprouting, we will have undone all our diligent work and ruined our chances of success.
To me, this card is about playing the long game. We are not going to get immediate gratification on this project. Instead, it is about setting things up so that we have the best possible chance of success in the future.
The Death card can be quite scary, particularly in some Tarot decks where it is depicted as a Grim Reaper type character with all the associations that comes with. In The Wild Unknown the card depicts a skeletal bird which seems to float like a spectre or ghost. There are still a few feathers remaining on it’s bleached white bones. Whenever I look at this card however, the feathers always look more like leaves or ferns which are starting to sprout from the dead bird. To me this speaks of the true meaning of this card which is about a metaphorical death and rebirth. Often we have to let go of something that is no longer serving us in order to allow new and fresh opportunities to come to us. This can be a scary thing to do, but once a situation has irretrievably died sometimes the only way forward is to face up to this, let go, and move forward into the new.
The rose depicted on this card looks so dejected and is wilting and beginning to lose it’s petals. It appears to be in serious need of nourishment and sustenance before it is too late.
This is a bit how I feel at the moment; utterly dependant on others to support me and reliant on them to provide me with the basics of life. Currently I cannot support myself without help and this makes me feel much like the rose who appears to be hanging her head in shame and dejection.
Strangely however, The Emperor card also fell out of the deck with The Five of Pentacles!
This seems to be relaying the emphatic message that I have the personal power to be able to support myself in the world. It seems to be saying that I have the skills and abilities that I can put to work to stand tall and proud and independent in my own right. I just need to tap into a place of energy and motivation as symbolised by the solar power in the card to make this happen.
Yesterday I drew the Son of Pentacles and knew intuitively that the card was veering towards the more negative, shadow side of it’s meaning.
This morning I have drawn The Daughter of Pentacles and I am getting a much more positive vibe from this card.
It looks as if the little fawn is just emerging from her dark cave and venturing into the big wide world for the first time. She looks wide eyed with the anticipation of all the exciting things she is going to be presented with out there. The rainbow overarching the whole scene confirms that she is safe and gives her confidence to explore her new environment in all it’s possibility and glory.
Drawing this card today has given me encouragement that the best way forward for me is to emerge from my cave, which in my case is my home…..the only place I have felt a sense of safety and security in recent times. It’s time for me to go forth again into the world, to experience the beauty out there and interact with my fellow human beings. It’s a big world out there and instead of witnessing it from my window I need to be out there in the thick of it again, truly living and breathing amongst the myriad expressions of life on our beautiful planet.
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and I’m feeling good!
Although I don’t do reversals, I do believe that each of the cards has a shadow side. When I drew the Son of Pentacles this morning I knew immediately that this was the aspect of the card that was trying to grab my attention.
I feel that recently I have become firmly entrenched in a rut of my own making. This is exacerbated by yet another bout of depression which is sapping my energy and vitality and ensuring that I don’t put a foot out of the door unless I really have to, either to go to work or keep an appointment. It feels as if my world has contracted to such a point that it now only includes me and four walls. I find that I don’t want to see or interact with people and that all my get up and go, to quote the cliche, has got up and gone.
I have no enthusiasm or passion for my former loves and projects. It feels as if my exasperated friends have given up on me.
I can relate to the lonely looking figure of the deer on this card as he stares blindly ahead, unable to perceive or participate in the fun and enjoyment that others are delighting in. He looks as if he is locked in his own little world, with no key to free himself from the self imposed isolation and stagnation. He has become so risk averse that life has descended into a monotonous and dull tedium that stretches ahead infinitum. How does he break free?
This mornings card was The Hermit. I must admit that it felt very appropriate for today. Do you ever have those kind of days where you just want to withdraw from the world and retreat into your shell? Today was one of those days for me. I felt as if I didn’t want to talk to or engage with anyone. I wished everyone would just go away and leave me alone so that I could think and contemplate in peace. I felt as if I had a lot to meditate on and didn’t relish being constantly interrupted. I am trying a new format for my daily card which seems to be working well for me and yielding some interesting results. I am trying to sum up the card in just one word…..the first word that intuitively comes to me when I turn the card over. Then I am choosing one action to accomplish by the end of the day in connection to the card.
Yesterday the card I pulled was the Three of Swords and the first meaning that came to me was “betrayal”. After musing on this for a time I realised that it referred to all the ways I betray myself by not being true to me. When I started to contemplate this thorny issue I realised that this subject matter was way too vast for just one days consideration. In some ways I was glad to draw The Hermit today as it meant I could further explore this issue.
It was depressing to recognise all the ways I continually ignore my own truth, usually because I want to spare someone else’s feelings or avoid hurting them. Unfortunately I don’t appear to have the same concerns about hurting myself…..time after time after time.
“To thine own self be true” is one of my favourite quotes. Why do I find it almost impossible to put it into practice?
It seems that this card is a familiar friend at the moment as it has made an appearance several times recently.
Today, I feel that it is about nostalgia and tapping into the magic and richness of the past. Recently I have become somewhat out of touch with the pursuits and pastimes which used to bring me joy.
So I thought I would delve into the past and reconnect with the things I used to love as a child and teenager. Maybe I can bring some of these fun things into my present day reality? I have decided that I am going to commit to an “actual action” each day prompted by the card I draw. Hopefully this will precipitate real change in my life as opposed to just a nice intellectual idea which is never acted upon!
So, what did I love as a kid? In no particular order…….
Dancing; make believe; writing; music; nature; dressing up; makeup; playing outside; fairies; magic; colour; photography; tarot; astrology; cooking; reading; sunshine; roller skating; daydreaming; planning things; picnics; parties; socialising; talking; holidays; Christmas; camping; bonfires; beaches!
It’s not an exhaustive list, but I think there’s a few things on there which I can immediately put into practice……starting NOW!
The card I have picked today is The Ace of Swords. This is the card of sudden flashes of insight and clarity. Maybe you have been wrestling with a thorny issue or problem for some time, and then suddenly, like a bolt from the blue the answer is presented to you in a wholly formed flash of inspiration. You wonder why this perfect solution had never occurred to you before…..but here it is, flawless in it’s creative simplicity!
If you get a sudden, lightening bolt of inspiration today be sure to make a note of it as it could be just the solution you’ve been searching for!