Now open the shining gates of the Garden
Now welcome abundance and fruitfulness in.
Delight in the gifts of the manifest world,
Rejoice and give thanks – let Summer begin.
Ace of Pentacles Solstice invocation by Beth
On this most magical and rare day that celebrates the Full Sagittarius Moon and the ancient rites of Litha (Summer Solstice), it was with great interest that I pulled our Card of the Week.
Voilà! The Tarot comes through again — giving us the perfect guidance at the perfect time. Let us bid glad welcome to the Ace of Pentacles!
We have reached the climax of the growing light in the Northern Hemisphere, and the deepest dark moment, the shortest of days, in the Southern Hemisphere.
Solstice means “standing still of the Sun,” and so the arc of our solar star’s path across our globe now pauses a few days before it moves back towards the Equator again.
The Ace of Pentacles represents the power of the Earth, since the Pentacle is a magical tool that is ruled by the element of Earth and North.
The Disc or Pentacle may represent a sacred shield, a coin, or even a scrying mirror of destiny. But its power is to manifest into physical reality that which your imagination (Air), desire (Fire), or heart (Water) long for.
As with all Aces of the Tarot, this card holds the full potential of its suit. Each Ace shows the hand of the Divine emerging from a cloud and offering a gift.
You may notice that this is the only Ace that does not portray the Yods, the golden symbols of the Divine spark of creativity and genesis. This is because, as Tarot expert Rachel Pollack notes, “The Earth in its completeness and solid reality, bears its own magic.”
This Ace is being given from within a garden, that numinous place where the will of Nature and humanity work in harmony. It is also the place from which some of the major religions, sadly, believe we have been exiled.
Who, we might ask, really banished us? Is that story really the will of the God(s), and humanity’s eternal legacy?
Might it be possible that mythic rejection was never true and that we have been welcome at the banquet of Divine plenty all along?
Could it be that we have exiled ourselves from the Garden, by the choices we keep making? For behold – the gateway is open, and crowned with flowers.
What is Authentic Prosperity?
What if we choose a new kind of way to live on our Mother Earth? What if we build a new economy, based on cooperation, collaboration, and exchanging our resources in ways that honor each other, and life itself?
Instead of our culture’s constant scramble to claim every morsel, even if it is out of the mouths of children, or stealing from the waters that bring life to villages far away, what if we measured our wealth by our ability and willingness to share?
What if prosperity was not viewed as belonging to a few individuals, but affirmed instead by the flourishing of communities, and the encouragement of each person to employ their visions and best talents?
What feels like authentic prosperity for you? Is it really the numbers games we watch while the too-big-to-fail money handlers risk our livelihoods in their secret gambling circles?
Do we just succumb to the shadowy wheeling and dealing of the unnamed elite, by whose whim, in the blink of an eye, thousands may be unemployed, unhoused, or bankrupted?
Shall we settle for food that is drenched with secret, deadly chemicals or artificially created in a laboratory? Cheap, disposable goods made by children in wretched conditions? Is life made richer by accumulating more and more gadgets and mindless entertainments that detach us from our own humanity?
Perhaps true prosperity is much simpler: having plentiful, healthy food on your table, clean water pouring from your faucet, and peace in your neighborhood.
The Ace of Pentacles suggests these as the benchmarks of our personal prosperity, abundance, health, security, and groundedness.
Greed or Gratitude?
It has unfailingly been the case in my life that when I am most fearful about my money, charitable giving and loving sharing bring me back into emotional balance. Such acts always have a powerful effect of opening up access to new abundance for me. Always.
So for the many people who are struggling in these times of economic uncertainty, and for us all, who will almost certainly be facing even more precarious times ahead, there is tremendous hope in this card.
Rather than a stingy, fear-focused response to financial troubles, the better, more long-term solution is to adopt a policy of support and generosity. No strings or hidden agendas.
Alone and disconnected, greed prevails because there is never enough. But the Ace promises the vast support of the entire suit. Thus, when we share, our wealth is unsurpassed.
New Beginnings in the Material World
This week, there is a potential for a new start, one that has, in its very structure, the elements for a successful outcome. Could there be a promotion, new job, or inheritance coming for you?
Is it time to begin a new, happier relationship with money?
With the Sun moving today into the domesticity-loving sign of Cancer, this could be a good time to consider buying a new home, or upgrading your current dwelling.
The Ace also suggests a favorable time for starting new projects and making purchases for beautification or pleasure.
This is a time to re-discover the wonders of your physical body. Perhaps you might get a massage, begin a new workout regimen, or learn to prepare new kinds of nurturing foods. This is also an invitation for exploring new sensual delights.
In what ways might you create a new level of comfort, beauty, and security in your life?
This Ace is a bit conservative, and it does not give you a green light for wild risk-taking, overspending, or flights of fantasy. But if your activities are grounded, practical, and steady, very good things are likely.
Build strong foundations, and embrace the sweet sacredness of the physical, manifest world.
Ground yourself in work that you love, in the body that brings you pleasure, and align yourself with the beautiful gifts of Earth Herself.
This week, the hand of providence taps your shoulder to remind you that Paradise was not lost.
It is here, now, as it always has been. It is up to us to reclaim it by creating lives and systems that honor and nurture it.