Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week: June 28 – July 4, 2010

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.

— Zen Proverb

This week we have yet another visit from the Three of Pentacles. This is its fourth appearance in 2010. In a year fraught with high drama, it keeps showing up, as if to keep us grounded as we make the transitions we are called upon to face.

Three is a powerfully magical number, defined by its relation to the two that have come together – Self and Other that create the third thing – the manifestation.

The Threes of the Tarot are cards of transition; they are the fruit born of the marriage of opposites and the outcome of what was begun in the Twos. And this three, more than any of the others in the Minor suits, invokes that most fruitful Three, The Major Arcana Empress: creativity manifested.

It is interesting that this week, we mark the exact halfway point through this Year of the Empress. It is the last one that most of us will see in our lifetimes (there will be only one more in this millennium, and that will be in the year 2100).

What messages from The Empress are you being asked to remember? Are any of her promises, made when this year was fresh and new, still calling to you?  Or has the energy shifted, needing revision and review? Before this lush, juicy year ends, what do you want to have created?

In addition, of course, the United States celebrates its birthday this week.  Once upon a time, our founding leaders envisioned a government of checks and balances, with three federal branches in a dynamic tension of support and opposition, as well as a multi-party political system — all very like the arches in this card.

Will that vision still hold for a strong future, or will the partisan rancor and consolidation of power we’ve seen in recent years continue to escalate as each strives to overwhelm the others?  This refusal to work together in good faith may ultimately bring about the downfall of the whole.

Pentacles deal with practical matters, work, home, health, money, and physical manifestation. So this card shows the artisan pausing as his work is evaluated by both the businessman (in the colorful cloak) and the clergyman, who we may presume is the priest or abbot of the building under construction.

The Three of Pentacles is a reminder that no matter how talented you are, how extraordinary your ability, even the most gifted of us must collaborate and cooperate with others. We need skilled colleagues, if our work is to come to its full realization. Whose collaborative help and experience could enhance your work at this time?  Who could benefit from your generous help?

And no matter how inspired, or how lofty our goals and dreams, even the most gifted artist must do the actual work, and produce in ways that can be appreciated by the “real world.” After the epiphany or the earth-moving flash of insight and vision, we still must chop wood and carry water.

Thus, there need be no dichotomy between one’s daily work and spiritual development. The self-aware spiritual being brings her or his vision to whatever “mundane” work needs to be done. If you feel stuck in a “day job,” look again. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, your work can be sacred and important. What partnerships are available to help you make this so?

This week, invite collaboration with others of like mind. Renew your commitment to the beautiful energy of the Empress Year’s gifts. And know that, rich results are possible with a harmonious partnership.

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  • June 28, 2010, 1:45 pm Nancy Hendrickson

    A great post, Beth – thanks for this. I particularly like your analogy of the 3 branches of government and the 3 arches – each needs the other to be balanced in order to survive – and like you I wonder how long the imbalance will last before the house crumbles. Much to think about!

  • June 28, 2010, 3:09 pm Arie

    This always reminds me of the ancient law of three forces.
    Active, Passive and Neutral. All three need to be present for any phenomenon to take place.
    For example two people quarrel. Active – Passive, Passive – Active and so on. There is no end or solution. A third person (Neutral) steps in and mediates between the first interchanging two. A common agreement is reached.
    The problem is that this third force is not seen by most persons. Therefore conflicts never seem to end. A higher level of awareness is necessary in order to see this third force and work with it.
    This is my interpretation of the teachings of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.

  • July 2, 2010, 5:21 pm Beth

    Beautifully described, Arie. This is really fabulous. Thanks so much!