Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.
~ Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 2009, now elected Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church
There was a surprise for us this morning, since up to now, this card was so rare. It now revisits us for the second week in a row, perhaps tying together the energy of last week’s Spring Equinox with three of the world’s largest religious holidays this week — Passover, Easter Week, and Holi, the huge, happy Spring festival that is celebrated among the world’s 875 million or so Hindus and Sikhs.
Into this milieu of the miraculous, the King of Pentacles returns for an encore.
To get a more traditional interpretation, you might wish to review my post from last Monday. Today, though, two specific people come to mind in light of his reappearance.
First, I think of the new Pope of the Catholic Church, Francis, and his down-to-earth demeanor.
That is certainly a characteristic of the King of Pentacles.
This king of the Tarot is not the dazzling debater, or a brilliant intellectual who would prefer to live in his head, like the King of Swords. Nor is he the rock star or charismatic leader – that would be the King of Wands. And I prefer to think of the Dalai Lama, not the Pope, as the quintessential King of Cups, for he is a man who believes that the only religion that matters is kindness, and who has also said, “The world will be saved by the western woman.”
Pope Francis chose his name in honor of the humble Saint Francis who rejected his family’s wealth, took vows of poverty, and lived a simple life ministering to the poor, as well as caring for the animals and plants of the Earth.
The Pope has already become known for his own humble ways. In his career as archbishop, he declined the servants and luxurious traditional Buenos Aires residence usually afforded his office. Instead, he kept his small apartment and cooked for himself. Rather than the chauffeur-driven limo given to most men of his position, he was commonly seen riding the public buses. And, in the spirit of his namesake, he has vowed to make good stewardship of Nature and environmental issues top priorities.
This is a hopeful development for a religious institution that shepherds the souls of over a billion people but which has spent many years embroiled in scandal and hidebound practices.
The next King of Pentacles that comes to mind is in regard to the astrological influences this week. Many astrologers feel that Wednesday’s Full Moon could be volatile, setting into motion this Spring’s potential for upheaval, rebellion, and transformation.
Again this week, the Tarot suggests a literal person, which is the signature of the Court cards. What if we could consult with someone well-established in matters of material wealth and security?
I can’t think of a better astrological King of Pentacles than the renowned Wall Street guru and astrologer Raymond Merriman.
Of this week’s influences, he writes, “We are in the middle of the longest and probably most potent planetary aspect of our lifetime. These two powerhouses [Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn] form their waxing 90-degree square seven times between June 24, 2012 and March 17, 2015.
“The third passage will take place on May 21, 2013. Whenever a faster moving planet enters into a conjunction, square, or opposition to either of these two planets, the themes of the Uranus-Pluto drama are set into motion. Right now is particularly dramatic because not one, but three of these faster moving transits will do just that through the end of this month…
“What does it mean? It represents a potential threat to the existence of [the Euro and Eurozone] as they now stand.
“What does it mean to financial markets? Usually it means huge price swings. Traders will like this, if they are [on] the right side. Investors will probably hate it because the movements are too fast and too sharp for them to figure out.”
Merriman goes on to emphasize that this is a time laden with uncertainty. As we can see, say, in the banking crisis in Cyprus, there is an underlying sense of danger.
“You never know where it is coming from because Uranus is akin to the unexpected,” he explains. “But with Pluto, you know it represents a threat to something, whether human lives or financial security. You know it will probably be an explosion connected with financial debt, deficits, and crisis.”
So for this week of our first Full Moon of the Spring, we are being urged to once again mind our health, wealth, home, and all the physical, tangible things that give us pleasure and/or a sense of security.
Protect with a steady hand and masterful skill the resources you value. Nurture and share them with wisdom.