Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
We have another strong personality this week, as, like last week, a court card comes calling. For only the second time in these eight years of pulling my weekly cards, to help us celebrate the Equinox holiday of Ostara, let us 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.
I think it is significant that his only other appearance was last year, during the first of the seven profoundly transformative Urnaus/Pluto squares that we will be undergoing, concluding in March, 2015. While this week those tensions are not exact, they are very close and getting closer, with the next exact square coming May 21.
Astrologer Lynn Hayes notes, “The chart for the solstices and equinoxes are often used to forecast events for the season, and this looks like it will be a fiery spring. The Sun, newly in Aries, conjoins Mars (ruler of Aries) in Aries.
“With Aries as the most fiery of the fire signs,” Lynn explains, “you can see how intense the fire energy will be. To intensify things even more, Mars in the equinox chart conjoins Uranus in Aries which almost ensures an acceleration of the revolutionary (Uranus) intensity that we are already seeing from the upcoming alignment between Uranus and Pluto. And to top things off, the Moon in the equinox chart is in highly sensitive Cancer, opposing Pluto and locked in a square to the Aries planets.”
Partial translation: Get ready, because after the Winter’s relative quiet, this Spring the drama ramps up. In particular, the showdown between the planet of revolution (Uranus) and the planet of destruction (Pluto) is gearing up again. This is amplified by Pluto also preparing to go retrograde in April, grinding ever more finely through the sign of Capricorn.
Bottom line: we can expect profound changes in our most fundamental institutions at levels that will likely leave us all more shaken than stirred.
For instance, as I write this, the banks of Cyprus have closed in an emergency move to stop the panicked bank runs that began this past weekend. The European markets are extremely jittery about a spreading financial disaster if Cyprus defaults, or if its people revolt.
Thus, in the face of profound challenges to our wealth, our security, and our physical well-being, the King of Pentacles is a helpful reminder of what it takes for someone to build a life of true stability and abundance.
The King, 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, male or female, who may have tremendous 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 championing 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.
They embody the wisdom that authentic abundance is not measured by accumulation. The King of Pentacles values what brings pleasure or is a sound investment for the future. Thus, an appreciation of the finer things – food, wine, home, and art – is this King’s hallmark.
He builds abundance with a conservative approach, focused on sustainability. Never greedy or impatient, the King knows that long-term wealth can only come with a slow and steady hand. With it comes both responsibility and a sense of stewardship.
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?
With Spring comes the urge to recycle and release the possessions that no longer bring us soulful satisfaction. The King would approve wholeheartedly, as he directs us to consume less, and savor more.
It is no accident that his scepter is the same as that of The Empress. Shed what does not delight you. Gather to you only what is beautiful, what pampers you, what brings sensual pleasure, or what will yield fruit in the long term.
When was the last time you sat down and took an honest look at your budget, and thought about the big picture? 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 define 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 only when we collaborate with the wisdom of the Earth Herself, can we 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.
Abundance is not a quantity. It is a quality, a “plentiful sufficiency,” as one of my great-uncles used to say. Life’s riches are only sweet when we know that, in harmony with the ways of the Good Green Earth Herself, we have earned them.