Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving.
~ Dan Millman
Quietly sitting on his throne while all the other Tarot cards have paraded by week in, and week out, in this incredibly important astrological week, for the first time, we welcome the King of Pentacles.
Crowned in flowers, he sits in a walled garden overflowing with blossoms and vines. His ornately carved throne features bulls’ heads – a nod to his connection to Earthy Taurus. We see a glimpse of his armor, suggesting his military prowess, as his left foot rests on another carving of a bull’s head.
But he is primarily garbed in a robe that features clusters of ripe grapes, symbol of the sweetness and intoxication of Life. The vines on his gown are entangled with the actual vines in the landscape, grounding him in their lush, earthy energies.
As he gazes thoughtfully at his Pentacle, he seems calm and relaxed, at least compared to the other Kings who range from the somewhat melancholy King of Cups to the rather stern Kings of Wands and Swords.
As mentioned, we are coming up on a pivotal astrological period this week, starting with a powerful second New Moon in Gemini (remember that last month’s Solar Eclipse New Moon was also in Gemini). Gemini, of course, loves to double things up.
Then, hot on its heels, the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer, which means it is the Sabbat of Summer Solstice – the height of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. We celebrate the climax of the growth and expansion cycle that has been underway since the darkest night of December’s Yule. After Wednesday, the days grow shorter, and the peak of the life force begins to wane.
Last but not least, next Sunday, we’ll experience the first of seven upcoming exact squares between Aries-driven Uranus, planet of revolution and awakening, and Pluto, planet of shadow and the “great unraveling,” in the sign Capricorn.
Astrologers have been discussing this showdown for years, and if you want a taste of it, you need look no further back than last year’s upheavals, when they were within one degree of one another.
What guidance are we given for such a time?
The King of Pentacles, being a court card, is often an actual person. He (or she) has great mastery regarding matters to do with money, work, health, home, and other concerns about our material, physical sustenance.
This is someone who may have profound abundance at their fingertips. They may be an important business person, a leader in finances, or successful entrepreneur. They could be a money guru, or they may be a very skillful trades person. Often, King of Pentacles women and men are drawn to real-world interests like collecting treasures, farming and gardening, animal care, cooking, real estate, architecture, or environmental issues.
Wealth comes easily and naturally to them, although they may or may not necessarily accumulate lots of it. Instead, they recognize it is an energetic flow that grows when it’s kept moving.
Rarely big risk-takers, they are judicious with how they share what they have, and they build abundance sustainably, with a slow and steady hand, and a true sense of stewardship.
This King is not the most intellectual of the four, nor does he go in for big drama (more likely he hates it!). Nor is he the touchy-feely type who likes to discuss his emotions. He is earthy, practical, methodical, and is the steadfast worker who gets things done. He makes a loving father, a sensuous lover, and prefers to savor the very best of what life offers. It is no accident that his scepter is the same as that of The Empress.
Who in your life is playing an important part regarding the use and distribution of your resources? Whose wise advice do you seek, when it comes to spending, or investing? When was the last time you sat down and took an honest look at your budget, and made plans for the long term? How do you protect and enhance all that you value, including your health, your home, your job, and your money?
The King of Pentacles suggests that with all the potential ahead for enormous, revolutionary change, especially in the structures that control wealth, government, and the environment, it is time for each of us to step up and take the initiative. We are in charge of our own little kingdoms, and when we collaborate with the wisdom of the Earth Herself, we can thrive.
The time has come to redefine what wealth really is, what value we put to the things that are life-sustaining, and to build new, healthy, holistic ways of creating and sharing our treasures.