I encourage the financial experts and the political leaders of your countries to consider the words of Saint John Chrysostom: ‘Not to share one’s goods with the poor is to rob them and to deprive them of life. It is not our goods that we possess, but theirs.’
~ Pope Francis I, May 16, 2013
Back again for Tuesday’s Gemini New Moon, after just visiting two weeks ago at the Full Moon, and then following last week’s Queen, it would appear that the King of Pentacles has an insistent message for us.
Under the magical blessing of Solstice — the zenith of the light here in the Northern Hemisphere, and the deepest darkness in the lands below the Equator — his earthy message is a powerful one.
Crowned in flowers, this is the man (or woman) who overflows with abundance, and is fully aware of it.
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 (which is also associated with the Hierophant, often depicted as the Pope).
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, sensual splendor.
The King’s Characteristics
The King of Pentacles, being a court card, is often an actual person. He (or she) possesses a mature demeanor and salt-of-the-earth pragmatism. This person has a great mastery regarding money, work, health, home, and other concerns about our material, physical sustenance.
The King of Pentacles is someone who may have profound abundance at their fingertips. They may be an important business person, or a leader in finances.
With perfect timing for Father’s Day this Sunday, he is auspicious as the good provider and sensible parent who is proactive with a skilled hand when needed. Whether he is changing a light bulb, a diaper, or the oil in the car, he is a master at keeping the practical side of the household humming efficiently.
Often, King of Pentacles people are drawn to interests like collecting treasures, farming and gardening, wine-making, 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. Never stingy with their prosperity, 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.
And Speaking of Sacred Stewardship…
In 2012, when he appeared for the first time in all the years I’d been pulling my Card of the Week, I suggested that a living embodiment of the King of Pentacles could be the newly elected Roman Catholic Pope, Francis I.
At that time, I wrote, “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.”
In the years since then, he has maintained his leadership of the faithful with a manner unprecedented in modern times. He has consistently chosen a more modest lifestyle, and behaves with an earthy, gentle humility that seems far more harmonious with the values taught by Christ.
Well, this week, the pontiff is back in the news.
This Thursday, he is scheduled to deliver what The Guardian calls, “The most anticipated papal letter for decades … It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind.”
The article also suggests that Pope Francis will declare the church as a foe against the status quo of economic oppression and injustice that impoverishes so much of humanity.
And, “in an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment, the pontiff is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that the world faces ruin without a revolution in hearts and minds.”
Truly, this is the King of Pentacles at his best, redefining the role of every person’s understanding of material resources, and their spiritual responsibility towards the environment.
As mentioned, we are also coming up on a pivotal astrological period this week, starting with New Moon in Gemini on Tuesday. Gemini, of course, loves to double things up. And this New Moon is loaded with fiery energy, thanks to the proximity of Mars in its aspect.
The King of Pentacles advises caution. Speaking your truth is important, as my friend Diotima writes, but ungrounded tempers could cause unintended collateral damage.
Secondly, after a retrograde that prolonged its stay in Sagittarius, Saturn has now firmly fixed itself in Scorpio until Sept. 17.
As the folks at Café Astrology note, when Saturn is in Scorpio, “Restrictions we experience through our debts to others can be magnified, and these can be material, moral, or emotional debts. Saturn’s presence in Scorpio can help us to structure, organize, and make sense out of these debts.”
The King of Pentacles has an innate understanding of material fairness and exchange, and would be an ideal consultant for managing debts related to physical resources.
Last but not least, on Sunday, the Sun moves into the security-conscious sign of Cancer, which means it is the Sabbat of Summer Solstice – the height of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. And Happy Yule to our friends in the Lands Down Under!
Here, we are celebrating the climax of the growth and expansion cycle that has been underway since the darkest night of December. After Sunday, the days grow shorter, the harvest season begins, and the peak of the life force begins to wane.
This King presides with splendid wisdom over the cycles of growth, fruitfulness, and the gathering in still to come.
Quality, Not Quantity
The fluctuations of our economy are so varied, complex, and seemingly whimsical, it would not be inappropriate to wonder what wealth, in fact, actually means. The King of Pentacles would recommend that we define affluence by what is life-sustaining and gives us true pleasure.
Instead of trying to fill up the bottomless commercial pit of manufactured needs, let us understand how greed and acquisition make things worse, both for our Mother Earth, and our own souls.
How would our environment, our political systems, and our health and well-being all be different, if only we would realize that enjoyment, not acquisition, is the true nature of wealth?
May this encore visit from the King of Pentacles reaffirm your realization of the abundance you already possess, infusing your life with treasure that cannot be lost.