If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
~ Chinese proverb
After a recent visit just a few months ago, this week, we welcome back the Knight of Pentacles.
The Knights of the Tarot are the champions, the energetic and often forceful movers and shakers of the Court. However, the Pentacles are ruled by the element of Earth. So here we have a Knight that is a sturdy, well-grounded person, and who is rarely in a hurry.
Instead he (or she) is methodical, calm, and even a bit conservative. “Slow and steady wins the race,” would be his motto.
Unlike the other, more adventurous Knights, this one sits quietly on his horse, looking out across the fields that await planting. In his hand, he holds the Pentacle that is his wealth and investment for the future.
His helmet and his horse are adorned with greenery, reinforcing his connection to the Earth, perhaps even the ancient God of the Land, the Green Man.
Thus, he is an ally for the wise stewardship of Earth’s bounty and resources.
Because he will never start something he isn’t determined to finish, he can be cautious and take a long while to make up his mind.
But once committed, he is rock-solid. He refuses to acknowledge obstacles, instead taking a dogged approach in the pursuit of his goals.
A hard-worker, he has tremendous stamina and dedication. Every job is always completed down to the last detail. He never multitasks or leaves anything dangling unfinished. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful.
Work comes first for him and he can be inflexible about little details. He doesn’t much like change or risk and might sometimes tend towards pessimism (in the name of being “realistic”). And certainly, his challenge is to be swift, flexible, and more lighthearted when needed.
To a fiery Wands type, or brainy Swords people, the Knight of Pentacles might seem a bit stodgy and dull. True, he’s not known for his speed, charm, charisma or intellect, and he is seldom the life of the party.
But he is practical, direct, and down-to-earth. He’s the level-headed one you want nearby in any kind of emergency. And when he gets around to giving his heart, it is for keeps.
This Knight would never allow himself to be pushed over any kind of “fiscal cliff.” He well knows such simplistic terms are pure posturing, a soundbite description that obscures both truth and solutions.
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
The Roman God Janus is famous for His two-headed visage, and this month, which is named for Him, is a time for doing just that.
This week, Barack Obama will be delivering his final State of the Union address. In it, he’ll be reviewing his Presidential legacy, as well as what he hopes to accomplish in his final year in office.
Fiscal progress is certainly going to be a centerpiece of this discussion. Like the Knight of Pentacles, he will be considering what his harvest has been, and how best to utilize the potential ahead.
While the grim crash of 2008 is behind us, there is no doubt that the markets have been volatile, and some experts warn that another recession may be on the horizon.
Taking stock, and planning for the short term, the longer term, and for a lifetime is exactly what we, too, are invited to do at this time.
Prudence and Intention
Now, with the post-holiday bills coming due, the Knight is a good ally for budgeting and getting caught up financially.
And while Mercury is currently in retrograde, this is not an ideal time to initiate a new project. However, it does give us the opportunity to review our past history, consider where we’ve been, and where we want to go.
Similarly to how he holds his coin thoughtfully before him, perhaps you would do well to spend time dreaming of what you what you wish to plant for a fruitful new year.
Is there a situation you currently face that demands a circumspect, even conservative response? Pause if you need to, and don’t get pushed. Survey your options before you act.
Being pragmatic with your money, investments, and valuables would be wise. Perhaps the Knight is a trusted adviser you could turn to on these matters.
His gift to you is to be more prudent, focused, and to slow down.
Be clear about your intent before you decide on the best action. Then, dig in. When good planning combines with fearless hard work, no setbacks can defeat us.
May the Knight of Pentacles offer you his blessings of abundance, patience, and persistence for the days ahead.