Does this spark joy? If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.
Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
As we approach the Samhain season, the stores are already pushing us to shop for Christmas. Although this is one of the holiest times of the year for some of us, money and materialism will be front and center from now to the end of December. After last week’s Ace, it is quite instructive to now have a visit from the Knight of Pentacles.
The Knights are the Tarot’s champions and warriors. They are energetic and often forceful movers and shakers of the Court. And the Pentacles correspond to the element of Earth, which concerns our physical reality: work, money, health, and home.
So with this Knight, we have a sturdy, well-grounded fellow who is not in a big hurry. In fact, he is the only Knight in the R-W-S deck that is not in motion. “Slow and steady,” is his credo.
Unlike the other suits’ adventurers, this Knight is cautious, measured in his approach, and dogged in the pursuit of his goals. A hard-worker, he has tremendous stamina and dedication.
The Knight of Pentacles holds his treasure almost like a tool of divination. He makes careful, deliberate choices according to the concepts of investment and dividends.
He may not be the fastest rider of the Tarot Knights, but he is the most patient, and his actions are solid, methodical, and for the long term.
Every job is always handled with thoroughness. He never multitasks, or leaves anything to chance. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful.
However, he tends to be a bit stodgy and dull. He’s not known for his playful sense of humor, or brilliant repartee. He finds emotional drama puzzling and usually unpleasant, preferring down-to-earth plain talk and pragmatism.
Work always comes first for him, and he can sometimes be inflexible and obsessive about little details. He doesn’t much like change or risk and tends towards pessimism, in the name of being “realistic.” This attitude works well for him, however, as he is usually comfortably well off.
The Final Harvest
On Friday, the Sun moves from Libra’s people-pleasing tact and tolerance to Scorpio’s deep hungers and passions. What desire is driving you now? How much will it cost?
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are all in the Earth sign of Virgo, echoing the Knight’s attention to practicality, strong goals, and the satisfaction of work well done.
Also, next week we celebrate Samhain, the final harvest celebration of the ancient Celtic year. It is a time to take stock, to plan for the lean times of Winter (whether literal or figurative), and give thanks for what we have.
As you complete your own gathering in, hunkering down for the growing dark, there is still time this week to prepare for the fallow months and uncertain times ahead.
Our ancestors took seriously the knowledge that Summer’s plenty would have to stretch through the cold months. This was a natural part of the cycle, and never ignored.
In our comfortable modern world, where we can have imported roses and watermelon in the heart of Winter, we might forget to align with the larger rhythms of growth and decay, expansion and contraction. But to ignore Nature’s pattern is hubris. Sooner or later it can spell trouble.
What Sparks Joy?
You may remember that in late August, I shared photos of my closet (and underwear drawer!) as I have been (slowly!) working through Marie Kondo’s bestselling book about clutter busting and home care, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
One of the many profound suggestions in this tiny book of wisdom is that we should, one by one, hold and connect to our possessions. And then, testing each thing with our hearts, we should “discard everything that does not ‘spark joy.'”
The Knight of Pentacles agrees wholeheartedly. Perhaps that is what he is doing, as he sits astride his steed, with the plowed fields behind him.
This week, take a long, clear look at what is of value to you. Too often, we have too many things that we don’t particularly love, and they become a drag on our spirits, our time, and our energy.
How much stuff do we really need? Everything we own requires us to take care of it and find a home for it. Before we know it, we are in service to our stuff, rather than the other way around.
Let go of what you don’t need or like. Cherish what you do have. You may even discover, through inventorying what you own, new insights about where your true values lie.
Make a budget and stick to it before the shopping season comes crashing down in full force. Revise your investments and make sure they are in harmony with your personal values.
Last but not least, find new ways to take better care of your greatest resource – your health. The Knight likes to launch new programs, and this is a great time to boost your self-care habits.
May the Knight of Pentacles offer you his blessings of abundance, patience, and care as we cross the threshold of magic and mystery.