In this week of the Full Rose Moon, we are visited by an old friend who, over the years, has frequently appeared on other Full Moons. After the strife of last week’s Five, the Seven of Pentacles is most welcome.
As most people may be aware, seven is considered a “lucky” number, but why?
Traditionally, it is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into a deeper realm of Mystery.
When working with the Major Arcana of the Tarot, we like to divide the 22 cards into three groups of seven, with The Fool standing alone. Each group represents a different level of understanding and depth.
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 spectrum, and seven notes in the musical scale.
And for most of its history, astronomy consisted of seven planets, not the nine that our more powerful telescopes have revealed in the last century.
Thus, as Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm discuss in their companion guide to the DruidCraft Tarot, “Contemplating the existence of these sevens, we realize we are touching upon an essential structure of both the macrocosm and the microcosm…”
And of course the Pentacles are the practical matters in our lives that have to do with health, material resources, home, and work.
The Fullness of the Light
What a perfect time of year for this card to appear, for it depicts the young man pausing and preparing for his harvest. The vine is laden with fruit, the Pentacles of abundance.
Now, he gazes with tender appreciation at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for gathering.
With the Summer Solstice drawing near (in the Northern Hemisphere), we celebrate the year’s pinnacle of the expanding, growing light. After this, as the days grow shorter, we will be changing our focus to the gathering in, the harvesting, and our completions.
Ripening is a process that happens in the fullness of time. We humans love our illusion that we can control and manage time. But no matter how precisely we may try to schedule and measure it, we are all, in the end, subject to the laws and rhythms of our Mother Earth and Her cosmic neighbors.
There is only so much that we can control with our labor and diligence. And then the rest is up to Nature.
So, too, this young man has done his part, and now he has no choice but to surrender to the Earth’s own wisdom.
In doing so, he invites the good fortune of the Sevens.
Welcoming Our Fortune
Now, in this week’s Full Moon, what seed of your vision is coming to fruition? With a grateful heart, you invite the helping hand of Fortune.
In what ways might you now allow time’s passages to support you? How is time your ally, not your enemy?
Before you reap the well-deserved rewards of your labors, are you being invited to pause a moment? Look at what you are creating and take stock. If you need to fine-tune before the completion, you still can, but the end is in sight.
Perhaps this is the time for you to consider what you have learned or what you might change next time. But whatever you have been working towards, it is now bearing fruit and almost ready for harvest. Pause, reflect, and give thanks for the bounty before you.
What was once only potential is now in the final stages of its completion.
May your results be abundant and blessed.