Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
~ Søren Kierkegaard
Arriving during this week’s Full Moon in Virgo, we are visited by an old friend who, over the years, has frequently appeared on important lunar dates. Welcome this week, to the Seven of Pentacles.
The Pentacles of the Tarot inform us of the physical world and material matters in our lives: our health, our resources, our homes, and our work. And seven is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into deeper levels of Mystery.
Also, as most people may be aware, seven is considered a “lucky” number. There are many reasons why this may be so.
For instance, 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 Western musical scale.
And 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.
In addition, for most of its history, astronomy consisted of seven planets, not the nine (if you, like I, still include Pluto in that number) 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 [Tarot] sevens, we realize we are touching upon an essential structure of both the macrocosm and the microcosm…”
Here we see the young man pausing and preparing for his harvest. The vine is laden with fruit, the Pentacles of abundance. He has done everything he can to cultivate this garden.
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, or if he needs to wait a little longer. Perhaps there are still a few more chores needed, to assure optimal results.
As we all know, what he reaps will depend upon what he has sown. Like him, if we are not clear from the start as to what our true intention is, how can we possibly know if we are successful?
And, just as vitally, we must patiently grant the spaciousness for Nature to unfold in Her own divine timing.
This week’s Full Moon is known by many names, including the Hunger Moon, the Storm Moon, the Wild Moon, and the Quickening Moon. It will be the last Full Moon of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. By the next, which will also bring an eclipse, Spring will have arrived.
Although Winter is probably not completely done with us, it will be melting away soon. Already there are signs that the quickening of the green world is underway, hence this Moon’s name.
Here in North Carolina, the birds are beginning their courtship, buds are swelling, and hope stirs for renewal and new life.
Full Moons are when we see “the culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon,” as Annie Heese reminds us.
How do we ensure that our labors will bear the fruit that we desire? Are we willing to toil as steadily as the young farmer, for the results we seek?
What completion is arriving for you this week? Are you nearing the end of an important cycle? Or perhaps you are being offered the chance to visualize where you want to be at such a time in the future.
Take this opportunity to pause and look at the big picture. Consider the results you have gotten in the past. Have you been clear about your intentions? As we approach the planting time of Spring, what do you envision for your future, when the harvest times comes in the Fall?
The Blessed Garden
Under the bright illumination of Virgo’s Full Moon, envision your plans in detail. Use Virgo’s gifts of meticulous organizing and healing skills. Then, as lovely Luna shifts into Her waning cycle, winnow away the chaff.
Like the young man in the card, take your time and align your work with the natural flow of growth and change.
To what purpose are you laboring with your life’s energy? Is it in harmony with your visions and dreams of your highest potential?
By our friendship with Nature and by inviting Time to be our ally, good fortune ripens. By cultivating patience, we will see our effort yield plentiful results.
When we are willing to sow our seeds with awareness, to take stock along the way, and, if necessary, adapt our path, we can produce our life’s blessed fruit that will be our gift to the world.
May your garden be blessed.