Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
This week, as we bask under the Full Sagittarius Moon, moving swiftly towards the climax of the waxing light of the year at Summer Solstice (or the deepest dark, in the Southern Hemisphere), we are visited by 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 (who was also featured in last week’s Hierophant visit). 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.
As he gazes thoughtfully at his Pentacle, he seems calm and relaxed, expecially compared to the other Kings who range from the somewhat melancholy King of Cups to the rather stern Kings of Wands and Swords.
Wisdom in the Material World
The King of Pentacles, being a court card, is often an actual person. He can be a man or woman, and possesses a mature demeanor and salt-of-the-earth pragmatism. 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 who may have profound abundance at their fingertips. They may be an important business person, or a leader in finances.
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.
The Jinn Moon
I love what those wonderful Moon-worshiping writers at Mooncircles.com have to say about this week’s lunar energy:
During this Sagittarius Full Moon, the Jinns are out in full force–having extra fun, no doubt, given that Mercury is retrograde. If a Jinn has caught you, you may be brimming with ideas – lots of them, colliding and banging around in your head like so many crazy atoms, each one pulling you in a different direction.
You may feel tired as your nervous system is overloaded from all the tantalizing possibilities, potentials, and enterprises the muse-like Jinns may be dangling before your entranced soul. Swept up by the exhilarating whirl like a teen at her first dance, you may feel ungrounded and disconnected from the slower rhythms of your physical body.
But if this gets to be too much, their advice is exactly on point with the gifts of our Tarot King this week:
How to handle the highly stimulating energy of this Full Moon? How to bear the inner chaos of rich creativity? For one thing, the ordinary activities of daily life–making the bed, folding the laundry, caring for children–can help to anchor the potent forces at play in the atmosphere.
Working in the garden, walking in nature, or simply talking to a common-sense friend can help to keep your soul from being blown about by the winds of spirit.
In other words, the King would advise us to slow down. Savor life’s treasures. Be in our bodies. It’s great to be inspired by all those buzzy ideas, but be sure to also stay grounded with slow, contemplative, practical activities.
Dialing Back the “Gotta Have It!”
This is not the week for risk-taking, buying up every hip new status symbol, or making uninformed, careless choices — especially with Mercury retrograde.
The King of Pentacles tends to be conservative with his wealth. While he definitely loves to taste the very best of what the material world offers, he is also a champion for the environment, and a devoted steward of Earth’s gifts.
He cares if the Next Shiny Thing is made in Third World sweat shops; he does his homework about where his food comes from, and whose toil or suffering might behind those “cheap” deals. When he judges a price tag, he considers the hidden costs, too — to the Earth, to humanity, to economic justice and prosperity for all.
His needs are simple, but his tastes are refined.
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?
When was the last time you sat down and got real with your budget, and made plans for the long term? How do you protect and enhance all that you value, including your health, your home, your job, and your money?
It is also perhaps a time when we are invited to redefine what wealth really is, what value we put to the things that are life-sustaining and give 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.
The King of Pentacles urges us instead to understand and be grateful for all the abundance we already have. 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 your week with this King be a treasure of pleasure.