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Tarot Card of the Week: August 23-29, 2010

Money is the blood of the planet.
Heal the money and we can heal the world.

– Barbara Wilder, Money is Love

No, it isn’t déjà vu! We did indeed have a visit just the week before last from the Six of Pentacles.  So it appears that the focus once again is on resources; specifically, how we receive and share them. For a more traditional interpretation, I invite you to read what I wrote August 9.

This week, I offer instead some musings from a series I wrote several years ago about the magic and meaning of money. Perhaps in this context, there are new insights to be considered from the Six of Pentacles.

From Sept., 2007:
At one time, precious metals like gold and silver were not symbols, but were understood as literal manifestations of the Divine – gold for the Sun, silver for the Moon. As such, they were treated with extreme reverence, and were given only to the Gods and Goddesses in artistic shapes such as goblets, cauldrons, and jewelry. Often, these offerings were dropped into holy streams and wells, hence the wishing well of modern times.

Money as a sacred link between Heaven and Earth lasted well into Roman times. But gradually, with the use of coins and notes to represent the stored grain and other trade goods, the connection between money and the Divine weakened. Yet for many centuries, money continued to be considered a bridge between the favor of the Gods and earthly life. Coins were imprinted on one side with a Deity, and on the other side with a secular symbol, such as a portrait of the Emperor.

In fact, there is a very good probability that when Jesus of Nazareth made his comment about, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s,” he would have been holding a coin that literally illustrated this point. At that time, doing so was not difficult at all, for the Divine and the human realms of abundance were joined. Everyone understood that they were simply two sides of the same coin.

Things began to change, however. We know that when Julius Caesar conquered the Celtic tribes of Gaul in the first century BCE, there was a Gold Route of the Celts. It linked the gold fields of Eire (Ireland) and Britannia into Jutland (Denmark) and Gaul. This gold was carried in a sacred pilgrimage from temple to temple, so that its Sun blessings would be given to each location.

But the Romans saw it simply as loot, and when they finally conquered Britannia, they stole the gold and burned down the temples. By the time of Nero’s bloodthirsty reign in the late first century C.E., money had become as mundane and non-spiritual as it has been in modern times.
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So, this week, we might consider whether we have the ability to restore the spirituality of money. How can we use it in more sacred ways? I believe we can and we must, if we are to ever move away from a “consumer” mentality, and restore the balance in our material, physical world.

One way to begin is to see that every penny you spend is an affirmation of your own blessedness and the paying forward of those blessings.  What can you give to those in need?  What do you need to ask for, thus imparting to others the gift of experiencing generosity?

Most especially, what will you do this week, to share and make holy the money that flows through the world?

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  • August 23, 2010, 12:43 pm carey

    At first I said “Again?” when I saw this, but after reading your article, I am so glad we have another opportunity to look at this card. I believe there is a connection, although I haven’t yet hit on it between as you say our ability to “restore the spirituality of money” and people returning to doing sacred work, and by this I don’t just mean community service, counseling, art, although are certainly sacred! When we feel the connectedness to the Divine in whatever work we do even if it is cleaning the house, gathering food, when we are answering our soul’s beckoning, then perhaps we will see that money is a Divine form of recognition. I myself struggle with this, have always believed somewhere deep that wanting money was greedy/antithesis of spiritual, but I think that is perhaps because I’ve only been looking at what money can *buy* not money as recognition for the value of service…when that service is also in honor of the Divine within ourselves and others.

    This card has been part of many a self-understanding/empowerment spreads of mine of late, and I’ve been struggling to open to what the Divine is trying to tell me. Here is it, again, and now with a completely fresh nugget to hold.

  • August 23, 2010, 1:07 pm donna

    Interesting thoughts. You might want to read some of Lewis Hyde’s work on money and gift economies. He covers a lot of these ideas in “The Gift”.

    The Gift:

    http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Creativity-Artist-Modern-Vintage/dp/0307279502/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282583202&sr=8-1

  • August 23, 2010, 1:47 pm Carey

    oooh! Donna, I’ve never heart of that book before…and I love the cover! I am getting my hands on a copy. Thank you. 🙂

  • August 23, 2010, 1:57 pm Beth

    I would also recommend “The Soul of Money,” by Lynne Twist. In fact, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Lynne knows a thing or two about money, charity and giving, having been a life-long fundraiser for some of the biggest and most successful non-profits and charitable organizations.