Whether you tend a garden or not, you are the gardener of your own being, the seed of your destiny.
~ The Findhorn Community
We receive another Pentacle this week, but unlike the King from the past two weeks, it does not necessarily point us to a literal person. Welcome this week to the Seven of Pentacles.
The Pentacles of the Tarot inform us of the physical world and material matters in our lives: our health, our resources, our homes, and our work. And seven is a number of magic, spirituality and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery.
As most people may be aware, seven is considered a “lucky” number, but why?
Since ancient times, in cultures spanning the globe, it has been considered a number of perfection and completion. There are seven main chakras; the human body is said to renew itself on a cellular level every seven years; each phase of the moon is seven days long; there are seven colors in the visible spectrum; and seven notes in the musical scale.
And until the 20th century, the Solar System was thought to contain only seven planets, which ruled over our calculations of time, medicine, and astrology.
So, here we see the young man as he pauses and gazes at the ripening objects on the vine. He seems thoughtful, evaluating what he has already worked to achieve, considering what may come next.
As we all know, what he reaps will depend upon what he has sown. Like him, if we are not clear from the start as to what our true intention is, how can we possibly know if we are successful?
With April, Spring’s promise is now assured. Even though Winter has gripped many of us longer than usual this year, it is certainly melting away now, and we know that the rebirth of the green world is underway. Already the birds are courting, buds are swelling and bursting, and hope stirs for renewal and rebirth.
Yet desire alone is not enough. Like him, we may dream of prosperity, success, or even just a second chance. But the passive dependence on such notions as the Law of Attraction, and our good intentions are not enough.
Success requires good, old-fashioned work. Earthy Pentacles show that by progressing steadily over time, the young man is now seeing the beginnings of a promise fulfilled. He has cooperated with Nature’s rhythms, and now evaluates the ripening results, looking forward to the wealth, security, and abundance that this suit promises.
And how do we ensure that our labors will bear the fruit that we desire? Are we willing to toil as steadily as he has for the results we seek?
This week, you may be nearing the end of a cycle, or the completion of an important project. Or perhaps you are being offered the chance to visualize where you want to be at such a time in the future.
Either way, you are given a chance to pause and look at the big picture. Observe the results you have gotten in the past. Have you been clear about your intentions? What do you want to see at harvest time?
Be intentional about each seed you plant now, at the fresh new dawning of this Spring season. Take your time and allow the natural flow of growth and change to progress in harmony with you.
To what purpose are you laboring with your life’s energy? Is it aligned with your vision or dream of your highest potential?
By our friendship with Nature and by inviting Time to be our ally, good fortune ripens.
When we are willing to sow our seeds with awareness, take stock along the way, and, if necessary, adapt our course, we can produce our life’s blessed fruit that will be our gift to the world.