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Tarot Card of the Week: Feb. 11-17, 2008

Seven of Pentacles
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
— SØren Kierkegaard

We receive another seven this week, but it is not as conflicted as last week’s Seven of Swords. Seven is a number of magic, spirituality and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery. An earlier discussion of this card, with a different emphasis on those interpretations, can be found here.

We see the young man as he pauses, and gazes at the ripening disks on the vine. He seems thoughtful, evaluating what he has already worked to achieve, considering what may come next. As we all know, what he reaps will depend upon what he has sown. Like him, if we are not clear from the start as to what our true intention is, how can we possibly know if we are successful?

Yet desire alone is not enough. The figure in last week’s Seven of Swords is willing to act, but he is impatient. He forces the outcome he wants, even if it requires stealth and deception.

Earthy Pentacles, however, show a different path. By working steadily over time, the young man is seeing the beginnings of a promise fulfilled. He has played “by the rules” of Nature, and now evaluates the ripening results, looking forward to the wealth, security and abundance that this suit promises.

Like him, we may dream of prosperity and success. But how do we ensure that our labors are bearing the fruit that we desire? And are we willing to toil as steadily for the riches we seek?

This week, you are given a chance to pause and look at the big picture. Observe the results you are getting. Have you been clear about your intentions? And now that you begin to see what is coming to fruition, is it what you wanted?

If so, be willing to do whatever hard work and follow-through may be required. Take your time, for it is also likely that you may need to exercise patience. Allow the natural flow of growth and change to progress in harmony with you.

If you are not happy with the end now in sight, there may still be time to make some changes. But the fundamental nature of the outcome is already set. Whatever you have started is nearing its completion, for better or worse.

For those who have chosen their intentions and laid their groundwork wisely, the steady movement of Nature’s rhythms will be an ally, not an enemy. Cultivate and nurture what you are creating, knowing that sometimes, the most important work is to simply trust the fullness of time.

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  • February 12, 2008, 8:04 pm earthreflection

    Hi Beth,
    As I looked at the picture I had a crazy-fun flash that he is the same person who stole the swords and has just planted them; swords into plowshares fashion.

    Also I am greatly enjoying the journey with Grace. The sidetrips into the value and historical perspective of fasting has been very timely as well.

    Thanks!
    -=Terry=-

  • February 13, 2008, 5:11 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Terry! I love this idea! A few years ago, I was hanging out with some folks from the Pagan Cluster, a group of activist Witches, and had a similar flash about the 7 of Swords being about swords being stolen by a prankster peace activist. So, yes, I can see the Pentacles being “the rest of the story,” exactly as you describe!

    Thanks for sharing this! It really resonates with my own epiphany!
    – Beth