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The Suits in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot; Part 3: The Cups
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The Suits in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot; Part 4: The Pentacles

This is the final installment of my Suits of the Minor Arcana.  Please feel free to email me with any questions that you might have.

Pentacles

 

Society, as a whole, has a very materialistic strangle-hold over itself.  Let’s be honest, we all want what can’t or don’t have.  This is true with in the Tarot.  The wants, needs and desires are illustrated to us through the Pentacles.  They represent what we want or need.  Quite a few Tarot scholars feel that the Pentacles should come last in the order of the Minors.  The reason being is that they are the result of the other three suits elementally manifesting themselves into something tangible or material.  This is actually a great way to look at a reading.  In other words, the emotion (Cups), thought (Swords), and spirit/creativity (Wands) found throughout the reading logically culminate in the manifestation of physical reality.  A few of the key physical issues in the Pentacles are financial concerns, health issues and the homestead.  However, the Pentacles go deeper than the superficial material meanings commonly associated to them.  The Pentacles serve as a taproot if you will, into the richer meanings of the Tarot deck.  If you were to take out the Pentacles and line them up in order and simply look at them there is a story here.  The Ace, like the other Aces in the other suits of the Minor Arcana depicts a right hand gently holding a Pentacle over a bountiful homestead.  Generally this signifies a new beginning with regards to a job, more money, a new baby or marriage; the beginning of a new journey.  As you move through the suit, there are the trials and tribulations of juggling life’s surprises, reaching an initial level of mastery on a basic level, making the decision to hang onto what little you have and then suffering consequences for decisions made (or not made).  But then as you continue to move forward on your journey you realize that there are people out there who will help when help is needed as well as you being able to see who needs assistance and offering it to others in need.  As we continue to look at the cards within this suit we see a constant growth occurring and hard work.  The hard work culminates with prosperity, security, happiness.  The deeper meanings that these cards illustrate are: faith & charity, bounty, generosity & reciprocity, appreciation, responsibility and a well-grounded nature.  The color correspondence for this suit is green, representative of physical growth or money.  The seasonal association is spring, again significant of new growth, new direction and a new journey.  Elementally this suit is connected to the earth (the material and tangible) and with the realm of home and hearth.  The gender that is connected to the Pentacles is female and the direction is the east.  Depending upon the deck you are using the Pentacles can also be referred to as Discs or Coins and its correspondence to common playing cards are the diamonds.    As a final word I will leave you with this: Nature is filled with gifts of grace.  We as humans have to ability to enhance these gifts by properly sowing our seeds in fertile soils and diligently tending to them, therefore “reaping what we sow”.

 

Oscar Wilde: “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot.  In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”

 

For those of you who would like to explore a different deck try the Universal Goddess Tarot.  It is a beatiful deck that taps in the power of the Goddess.

 

 

Comments

Hi -- I've followed you for a while but not coemmnted much or ever before. This combination of cards really spoke to me, but I still don't know exactly what they are saying. They came the morning that I found out I had not been selected for yet another project/contract. I have been struggling to sell my hours at work over the past six months or so, which is a very new problem for me. At first I felt that they were reinforcing all those signals: I need to really take stock of where I am work and find a way to fix it.Then, as I thought about it more, I wondered about the struggle I have to balance between my work obligations and my home obligations. I feel like I am never succeeding at either one these days: not successful at work; and giving in too much to anger and impatience at home. I have a demanding job and I'm the only earner in our family, so we rely on my work; my husband is dying of Cystic Fibrosis and is very sick most of the time plus there is a lot to coordinate with his care -- multiple doctor visits a week, the home nurse, etc.; we have a 3 year old son; a 100 year old house; a big, needy dog.I often wonder if I am in completely the wrong work; but I can't imagine accepting the risk and uncertainty of trying to change careers right now. Or I think, I need to find a way to work part-time for a while, so I can better support my husband and be there for him, but, he is so withdrawn, and I don't like the idea of taking the financial hit, or know if we could afford it, or what it would do to my career in the long run. I do need to try to take stock of all my talents and apply them to help be there for my husband and child and make my work situation better -- but I don't really know how to start. Thank you for this weekly opportunity to reflect. With love,Elizabeth

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